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Old Style Book - Store Cupboard Essentials

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Going through some of the recipes on the board and in the mega index - can we compile a list of storecupboard basics, you know the cheap and cheerful ingredients than can turn the old leftovers into something super scrummy - if we can stick to say five each that would be great...

Thanks Sue


  • TicklemouseTicklemouse Forumite
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    I would say: flour, butter, eggs, rice/pasta and milk

    You could, (assuming you had herbs, spices and sugar, but not essential) make a huge number of both savoury and sweet dishes using some or all of the above:

    eg pies and crumbles using left over meat and veg or fruit
    make rissotto or pasta dishes with leftover bits 'n' bobs, with a white sauce
    extend the gravy and cook meat in it the day after the roast
    pancakes with leftovers (sweet and savoury again)

    the list goes on.......but I have to run now :D
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    tinned tomatoes
    soya sauce
    marigold stock granules
  • catzninecatznine Forumite
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    Tinned tomatoes (pasta sauces, soups, curries)
    Baked Beans
    Chilli Powder
    Mixed herbs
    Plain flour (just add eggs for hm pasta or marge for pastry, dumplings etc)
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    This older thread will help a lot:-

    Store cupboard essentials

    and one for students:-

    Emergency Food Tin

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  • MATHMATH Forumite
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    Here's my five:-


    Baked Beans

    Chopped Tomatoes



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  • mogginsmoggins Forumite
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    Tinned tomatoes, sweetcorn, condensed soups, tuna.

    Flour, eggs milk, butter/marg, pasta, rice, pulses, cheese, cream.

    mixed herbs, garlic, mustard. salt and pepper.

    Jelly, custard powder.

    Oops, sorry that ran to over 5 but that's the items I couldn't live without.
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  • rchddap1rchddap1 Forumite
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    Don't forget the obligatory chicken soup to use as a quick sauce!

    Along with butter, flour, mixed herbs & spices, and some oil

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  • comping_catcomping_cat Forumite
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    Goodness, finding most usefull five was a bit tricky, could do with a few more!!!!
  • NelskiNelski Forumite
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    Red Wine

    White Wine


    Chocolate.............who needs 5???

    :confused: what................well they are my store cupboard essentials:grinheart
  • Flour
    Baked beans

    Thats my top five although i could do with more!!!!!!!!!!!
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