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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
am just doing a list of all the food we have in [OMG how much stuff is there when you write it all down!] and am gonna do a menu for the week based on what we have lurking in the freezer etc.

but i was wondering - what do you keep in that is useful to you with preparing your food? just so that i can add things to my shopping list and get them a few at a time lol

this is turning into fun really.......
:rotfl:five children? I must be mad........ :rotfl:
aug grocery spend - £166.45


  • mogginsmoggins Forumite
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    Flour, eggs, mixed herbs, chopped tomatoes, worcester sauce, tomato puree, garlic (I buy bags of frozen cloves from my local indian store) beans.

    If I have these in stock I know I can make a meal out of anything.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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  • oooooooooh - have all of those bar the tomato puree and garlic [and they were on my list already :D so looks like i am on the right tracks already........
    :rotfl:five children? I must be mad........ :rotfl:
    aug grocery spend - £166.45
  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    but i was wondering - what do you keep in that is useful to you with preparing your food? just so that i can add things to my shopping list and get them a few at a time lol
    You mean apart from essential staples such as flour, rice and pasta? Hm. Tinned tomatos, various oxo cubes, cornflower, tuna, mixed herbs, ready mixed curry spices, tomato puree, soy and worcestershire sauce, ALWAYS cheese and eggs in the fridge,

    and of course - C H O C O L A T E. :-D
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  • Did you mean ingredients like pasta etc, or did you mean the little extras that you add to recipes? I'm guessing the little extras.

    Off the top of my head:

    Cooking oil
    Dried herbs - start with mixed and add others gradually
    Curry powder or jar of paste (I like Pataks)
    Chilli powder
    Worcester sauce
    Ground almonds (seem to crop up in lots of recipes)
    Tomato puree
    Tinned tomatoes and/or passata
    Stock cubes
    Soy sauce
    Campbell's condensed soup - I get it when it's on offer. It is cheaper than most ready made casserole sauces, useful if you're in a hurry and don't want to faff with a proper recipe.
  • catzninecatznine Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    In the larder:-
    Pasta, Easy cook rice, all types of flour, Dem & Caster Sugar, Oats, Weetabix, All Bran (for cakes and muesli), Dried fruit (Incl Apricots & Glace Cherries), Tinned tomatoes, baked beans and condensed soups (make nice sauces), dried soya mince, tinned tuna, sardines, tinned mushrooms, tinned potatoes, orange juice, coconut, cocoa, dried milk, jam (home made if poss), golden syrup, honey, treacle, spices (cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice are essential), Herbs (mixed, basil, rosemary and parsley), black pepper, rock salt, olive oil, sunflower oil, vanilla essence, almond essence, curry powder, chilli powder, chutney and of course lee and perrins.

    With these in I only have to buy the fresh items like, butter, marge, eggs, fruit & veg, cheese and meat. I love a full larder, can almost see the wolf running away from the door! :)
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  • Lillibet_2Lillibet_2 Forumite
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    In the cupbaord : Tuna, salmon, rice, pasta, mixed herbs, dried garlic, kidney beans, flour, baking soda, popcorn, vegetable oil, baked beans, tinned fruit.

    In the freezer : sweetcorn, peppers, baguettes

    In the fridge : Eggs, cheese, orange juice, long llife milk

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  • AllexieAllexie Forumite
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    Don't have a storecupboard...eeek!

    But couldn't live without

    Honey, Whole Nutmeg, Olives, Pesto, Dried Wild Mushrooms, Risotto Rice, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese (big lump not grated), Red Wine

    oooh practically a recipe in itself!
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  • thank you all - this is REALLY helpful! have copied your ideas to a list and will be looking to see what i think would be useful to us :D

    right then - just gonna have a go at meal planning ;)
    :rotfl:five children? I must be mad........ :rotfl:
    aug grocery spend - £166.45
  • Curry_QueenCurry_Queen Forumite
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    I started making a list and gave up as there's just too much to put on it :o

    Just as an example, I have 7 different vinegars, 5 oils, 4 mustards, about 30-40 herbs & spices and all the usual sauces/stock cubes etc before we even start on baking stuff and tins and packets :eek:

    It's certainly made me think that i should make a list though for my own benefit so if I get a round tuit I may post it ;)
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  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    indian spices - list too long to put here but basically if its indian i can do it;)
    kidney beans and chick peas (dried)
    porridge oats
    plain and self raising flour
    olive oil
    brown sugar
    black pepper
    some dried herbs but i grow lots of herbs in my garden - including a fantastic bay tree
    tomato puree
    eggs most of the time
    stock cubes - vegetable and beef
    soy sauce
    chilli sauce
    I notice others have included wine etc, that is separate, but i always have wine, champagne, and enough spirits/additions to make a cocktail.
    Right, who's for a vanilla coffee vodka milkshake? ;)
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