Ultimate store cupboard list – essential for 2020.
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I believe that if the kitchen is the heart of the home, the store cupboard is surely the soul. In any kitchen, a well stocked store saves time and money and ensures you have a back up against poor weather & illness. It prevents you running to the shop for oil and coming out £20 down. It is the most worthy rainy day fund I can think of, I am a huge advocate. If money is tight, add a few items a month. Find your local ethnical supermarkets, pound shops & discount stores. A store cupboard should be as well stocked as you can afford it to be but of course there are essentials. Here is my list:

Oils & vinegars

Oil, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Bottles, Food
  • Neutral oil such as rapeseed for everyday cooking
  • Extra virgin olive oil for dressings
  • Sesame oil for asian cooking
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Malt/white vinegar

Tins & jars

Canned Food, Cans, Supermarket, Food
  • Baked beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Butter beans or mixed beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut milk
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Capers
  • Olives
  • Jalepenos (if you like a bit of spice)

Dry foods

Noodle, Pasta, Brown, Food, Wholesome
  • Pasta – one short variety and spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Cous cous
  • Rice noodles
  • Scotch broth soup mix
  • Red lentils
  • Green lentils
  • Porridge oats
  • Flours – plain, self raising, cornflour and bread flour
  • Gram flour – this is lesser used but FANTASTIC as an egg replacement in many recipes
  • Fast action yeast (individual sachets)
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar – granulated and soft light brown

Sauces & flavourings

Spices, Flavorings, Seasoning, Food
  • Marmite – great for adding depth/meatiness to dishes
  • Stock cubes – I use vegetable ones, be careful to check for milk if you are vegan
  • Vegetable bouillon – a bit of a splurge but really adds a savoury edge and depth to any dish
  • Black peppercorns
  • Maldon salt – for finishing dishes or adding a salty crunch (ie on top of garlic dough balls)
  • Kala namak – essential for adding an eggy taste to vegan dishes
  • Table salt – general cooking
  • Gravy powder – red bisto is my go-to as it mixes well and is vegan
  • Apple sauce – a great egg replacer in vegan baking as well as a great condiment
  • Mustard – a selection of
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce
  • Nutritional yeast – a must for vegans, adds a cheesy/nutty element to meals.
  • Dried herbs & spices – as many as you can possibly collect. These will bring the flavours of the world to your dishes for pennies.
  • Your own favourite condiments – our top five would be veganaise, ketchup, BBQ sauce, siracha and deli style mustard
  • Long life milk of choice – ours would be soya for cooking and oat barista for coffees.
  • Maple syrup

This is by no means a complete list but it is a very good starting point from which many healthy, balanced meals can be made.

I will be following up with my ultimate freezer guide soon.

In the meantime, is there anything you would add to my list?

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