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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 12th Oct 16, 12:05 AM
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    Keeping in a Store cupboard
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    • 12th Oct 16, 12:05 AM
    Keeping in a Store cupboard 12th Oct 16 at 12:05 AM
    Hiya All

    Having just moved house I have used up my previous store cupboard and am creating a new one and I am aiming NOT to have loads of stuff lurking and not getting used but to have stuff in which is not freezer reliant in case I cannot get out for some reason.

    Today I have found that ASDA do UHT milk in pints!!! Yea!! been looking for that for ages. Yes, its 52p but I think it is better than dried IMO.

    But also on my list/in my cupboard is:

    Cans:
    Kidney beans
    canellni beans
    chick peas
    butter beans
    tuna
    mackrel
    tomatoes
    passata
    canned fruit

    Dried goods
    Flours
    sugars
    green lentils
    red lentils
    pearl barley
    walnuts
    hazelnuts
    pastas (including dried torellini)
    rice

    drinks
    tea
    green tea
    real coffee
    drinking chocolate
    UHT milk

    too many herbs and spices to mention!!!
    What would anyone had to this??

    PS why not relying on frezzer ??? In case the electric stops working as is being promised/scare mongered - depending whom you believe but I do remember the 70s!!
    Lets see what we come up with!!
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 12th Oct 16, 5:24 AM
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    Oil. I prefer olive oil and buy mine by the 5 lt can, but there are inexpensive oils that can be bought by the lt bottle, with long use by dates. Also fried fruit of sorts, and porridge oats.
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    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 12th Oct 16, 6:01 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 6:01 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 6:01 AM
    Vinegars
    Wine
    A few boxed cake mixes
    Couscous
    Quinoa
    Oils
    Peanut butter
    Jam
    Normal baking ingredients
    Canned tomatoes, sauce and paste (we don't have passata)
    Dried onion flakes (love to throw these in if I don't want to chop a fresh one)
    Black beans
    Pinto and refried beans
    Lots of different dried beans
    Black eyed peas
    Cornmeal
    Dried red chile peppers
    Last edited by milasavesmoney; 12-10-2016 at 8:15 AM.
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    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 12th Oct 16, 6:55 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 6:55 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 6:55 AM
    Tinned
    Sweet corn
    Mushy peas
    Sardines
    Pink salmon
    Pilchards

    Then as long as you have potatoes, rice and onions (hadn't thought of dried, thanks Mila there are lots of fishy dishes you can make.
    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 12th Oct 16, 7:52 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 7:52 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 7:52 AM
    Ummm ... if the leccky goes off never mind the freezer - what will we cook on lol?
    (Clutches slow cooker in horror)

    As a total food hoarder who is trying to get out of the habit of having a zombie apocalypse stash .....

    Flours - don't keep this too long - particularly bread mixes (yeast dies back) - decant into something airtight *.
    green lentils - old pulses take ages to cook/not as tasty - rotate and decant into something airtight*
    red lentils - rotate and decant into something airtight*
    pearl barley - old pulses take ages to cook/not as tasty - rotate and decant into something airtight*
    walnuts - can go rancid - store carefully*
    hazelnuts - can go rancid - store carefully*
    rice - don't keep this too long/decant into something airtight*

    my additions:
    canned fruit
    canned rice pud
    bottled meat/fish pastes
    jelly (good for fruit/ fridge clearouts)
    stock cubes (in a tin)
    tubes of tomato paste/garlic

    * pantry moth/flour moth/Indian mealmoth is a thing - Google it and store your stuff well
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 12th Oct 16, 8:02 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 8:02 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 8:02 AM
    Would have most of the things mentioned above, but also:


    Baked beans,
    tinned veg (other than corn it's not as nice, but it's fine to add to mince and stuff),
    corned beef,
    pudding rice,
    flour (sr, plain and bread),
    sugar (white, brown and granulated sweetner),
    baking powder,
    bicarb,
    powdered milk (I use it in milky puddings and porridge, so taste not as important)
    brandy (only use it in my Christmas baking)
    Lemon juice


    Sure I'll think of others later
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 12th Oct 16, 8:17 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 8:17 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 8:17 AM
    Salt not just for seasoning but for strewing outside in icy conditions, salt scrubbing wooden tables and utensils, salt for wound cleansing and mouthwash and also to season your food.

    I also have

    Baked Beans
    Mushy Peas
    Corned Beef
    Dried Milk Powder
    Egg Noodles
    Potato Gnocchi
    Ready to use and dry Polenta
    sugar
    Vinegar in 5 litre containers
    Water (from the tap and changed every 3 months )
    Soap
    Toothpaste
    Shampoo
    Medications as in Paracetamol, Dettol, Cough Medicines etc.
    Herbs, spices and seasoning
    Flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda
    Cocoa
    Tea Bags
    Cuppasoups
    cappuccino sachets
    tinned veg and fruit
    Instant Potato
    Sauces and ketchups
    Stock cubes (particularly Oxo as they give a better flavour)
    Marmite
    Gravy Granules

    Many more things like jams and chutneys, peanut butter, crackers, crispbreads too BUT nothing I don't use in the general run of things. I wouldn't stock freeze dried or specialist survival foods as they'd probably not be used and that would waste too much money.
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    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 12th Oct 16, 11:18 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 11:18 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 11:18 AM
    I have portions of home made soup in the freezer, but also plenty of tinned soup. I'm pretty certain you could last out any sort of apocalypse with enough soup.
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    • maman
    • By maman 12th Oct 16, 11:42 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 11:42 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 11:42 AM
    I have most of the things on the lists (except for things we don't like obviously).


    I think it begs the question what's a storecupboard?


    Most of the things listed are things you might not use up making one meal but need for cooking. Herbs, spices, oil, vinegars, condiments etc. are obvious examples. I think I might just call them kitchen staples.


    As well as that I have a different sort of storecupboard that's got duplicates of things that I've bought on offer or in multipacks. So at the moment it has loads of Lazy Garlic which was on offer in Aldi.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 12th Oct 16, 12:27 PM
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    I would have one very, very unhappy husband if my store cupboard didn't contain Marmite. Also honey (which I get from the local farmers market).
    I always have one in use and one spare - as soon as the spare is opened, I add it onto the shopping list to get another one, and always make sure everything is used in rotation - no 10-year-old tins of toms lurking at the back of the cupboard!.
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 12th Oct 16, 1:06 PM
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    Did I miss it or has anyone mentioned ... chocolate!!


    eggs keep for quite a long time. If you are only looking at a timescale of a few days then having plenty of eggs in store means you can rustle up a meal, as long as you have a cooking source.

    Come the autumn, I also buy a sack of potatoes, which form the basis of lots of dishes with eggs.

    I'd also have some fairly long-dated chorizo in stock. A little goes a long way and adds falvour to storecupboard dishes
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    • kathrynha
    • By kathrynha 12th Oct 16, 1:14 PM
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    Did I miss it or has anyone mentioned ... chocolate!!

    Originally posted by maryb
    I always consider a store cupboard item to be something that keeps in the cupboard for a decent length of time.
    Chocolate never lasts more than a day in my cupboards
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 12th Oct 16, 1:38 PM
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    sadly, that's true of me too!
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 12th Oct 16, 3:39 PM
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    I drastically reduced the contents of my store cupboard a while ago. The herbs, spice and condiments stayed; the jars and tins went (largely because they were out of date), as did the carbs. The baking stuff is not being replaced.

    My freezer is my store cupboard now. If I need to refill it, I plan and then buy a small quantity of the required ingredients. Although I seem to spend more on food now, it's actually less because I don't buy bulk stock of stuff I never use.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 12th Oct 16, 6:30 PM
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    Porridge is a must as apart from a jolly nice warming plate on a cold morning its handy for a handful of oats to streeetch a lb of mince beef with and also for making Twink's oaty biscuits a vital ingredient for a cuppa in the winter

    I buy a box of 6x 1 litre UHT semi skimmed milk from Sainsburys for £4.25, and I use around one carton per week and it keeps very well in the fridge
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    • herbily
    • By herbily 12th Oct 16, 8:08 PM
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    Tinned custard! It turns almost anything into a pudding - if you have tins of fruit as well, they go very well with custard. If the leccy's off, you could in theory warm the can over a tealight...
    One day at a time...
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 12th Oct 16, 8:13 PM
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    On the subject of no leccie, we woke up on Christmas morning some years ago to find we had a power cut. The Electricity Company recorded message said it was due to lines being blown down, and that they didn't expect to get the power back until that evening at the earliest.

    We have an electric oven, but a gas hob so we could at least boil some water for coffee!. I was just about to start hacking lumps off the turkey for a stir-fry, when the power came back on at 4pm. We finally sat down to Christmas dinner at 8pm.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 12-10-2016 at 8:14 PM. Reason: typo
    • katkin
    • By katkin 12th Oct 16, 8:37 PM
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    I keep a few packets of soya "beanfeast" type packets. I actually like the bolognaise one (also handy for wild camping trips). Sosomix (soya sausage mix) is also good, makes great veggie Scotch eggs. They seem to last for ages.

    Stuffing mix is also handy and makes a good base for bean burgers, rissoles etc.

    Stock cubes / jars of concentrate been mentioned? A store cupboard necessity.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 12th Oct 16, 9:19 PM
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    Katkin, Sosmix! That really brought memories back, I used to buy it in bulk, 2Kg bags, it was a family staple when my children were growing up, and fantastic for camping dinners.

    We used it a lot to stuff marrows, too, it was a favourite dinner. The company that makes it must have changed the formulation, because I have never again come across the original one (pink with bits of vegetable suet, probably full of colourants and hydrogenated fat, but so delicious!).
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Oct 16, 7:25 AM
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    Just remembered a vital one that I couldn't be without Lazy Garlic adds a nice flavour to anything and although I enjoy fresh garlic a jar of this stuff ensures you never run out and you don't get lots of old dried out withered sad garlic bulbs at the bottom of the veg box I also like lazy Ginger as well . Its my one luxury I think
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