The kitchen store cupboard is often overlooked in favour of the convenience of chucking something easy into the oven or buying specific ingredients for just one meal, but you’ve potentially got some real treasure on your hands! Moreover, you’ll likely be able to make big savings on the next couple of food shops with what you can rustle up.
By taking stock of your dry and tinned goods, a filling and tasty dinner is achievable. The great news is that a lot of if you mix and match carefully you’ll be able to create a variety of meals. Here’s our guide on store cupboard staples!
Tinned foods seem a little archaic, but they tend to be cheap and have a long shelf life. They retain nutrients long-term and can be used to make all manner of quick, healthy dishes, so don’t limit yourself to baked beans on toast!
Pulses are very nutritious and a useful standby for last-minute dinners such as spicy bean burgers, South American dishes or stews. Dried beans and pulses can be much cheaper but way less convenient, and tins are still cheap compared to most foods.
Starchy foods are to be eaten in moderation, but we bet you’ll be surprised how many different packets you have in your cupboard!
Pasta and rice and similar foods should make up about a third of your diet according to the NHS, which is great considering they are cheap and store well.
If you want to make your cupboard even more versatile, couscous is very easy to cook – all you need is a kettle to cook it! It can be served in salads, with stews or a piece of grilled meat and can be eaten hot or cold – perfect for lunches!
Bulgur wheat, pearl barley and quinoa can be used in the same way, but are more expensive. They’re worth considering if you want you up your protein intake or you want slightly thicker soups and stews.
Oats are a good store-cupboard ingredient for a warming breakfast on a cold day or for rustling up into crumble topping or flapjacks should you catch the baking bug!
We hope that we’ve given you a little inspiration as to how your store cupboard can give a little inspiration, but next week we’re going one step further and sharing our favourite store cupboard recipes. We’ll see you there!
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