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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Have done my first GC and came in under budget(just)!

I did my shopping weekly, however this month i would like to do it perhaps every 2 weeks(working up to monthly).

I was trying to write a list of store cupboard staples for the month and was wondering what do you guys keep in the larder etc. As a basis for meals, baking etc:confused:

Any help would be appreciated, just trying to make sure i dont run forget stuff and have to run to the shops, inevitably spending £20:eek:
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  • Here's my absolute basic one. If I don't have any of these, I get twitchy.

    CUPBOARD

    142g tin of tomato puree
    400g tin of plum tomatoes
    400g tin of red kidney beans
    400g tin of tuna in brine
    420g tin of baked beans
    500g bag of plain flour
    500g packet of basmati rice
    500g packet of spaghetti
    Beef stock cubes
    Olive oil
    Sunflower oil
    Ground black pepper
    Salt
    Dried mixed herbs

    FREEZER

    375g pack of casserole or stewing beef
    375g pack of chicken breasts
    500g of white fish (Cod, coley, haddock, hake, plaice or pollack) fillets
    500g pack of minced beef

    FRIDGE

    Bottle of lemon juice
    Butter
    Cheese
    Eggs
    Milk
    Tomatoes

    VEGETABLES

    Baking potatoes
    Garlic
    Onions
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  • luxor4tluxor4t Forumite
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    Great list, but would add
    tea / coffee
    sugar (for baking)
    margerine (for baking)
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  • Thanks guys, i have half a list so far, i had forgotten rice and pasta! Doh!
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  • LauraebradLauraebrad Forumite
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    It depends on the sort of food you like - but these are things we always have in (Sainsbury's does 3 x 400g tins of pulses for £1 so we always have loads)

    2 or 3 of each

    tinned green lentils,
    tinned adzuki beans
    tinned chickpeas
    tinned butter beans
    tinned flagolet beans
    tinned borlotti beans
    tinned pinto beans
    tinned red kidney beans
    tinned flagolet beans

    plus
    thai red curry paste
    other curry paste

    frozen green beans
    packet of halloumi

    cous cous

    Mainly eat vegetarian and this gives loads of options;)

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  • BigMummaFBigMummaF Forumite
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    Frozen mixed veg! It goes with anything if you run out of baked beans:p

    Porridge oats.....to make yer mince go further.
    Pickle.....goes in the curry sauce.
    Ketchup/ Brown/Soy sauce.
    Golden syrup....for Twink's Hobnobs & flapjack:D
    Mixed spice......^^^^^^
    Dried mixed fruit.....very good price at Asda.
    Garlic/garlic salt.
    Curry powder....recipe I use has lemon juice, ginger & cinnamon so perhaps those too.
    Plain & Self Raising flours.
    Bicarbonate of Soda.
    Baking powder.
    Gravy powder....We prefer the taste & texture of Bisto but's it's all down to preference.
    Marmite.....I'd get lynched if we ran out!!!!!!!!!!!
    Malt & white vinegars.
    Mint sauce.
    Cocoa powder....comes in handy for making chocolate cakes too;)
    Paper cake cases.
    Caster sugar.
    Jam....to make sarnies; tarts; sponge puddings; rolypoly.
    Honey...makes a good hot drink for when you've a cold.

    Foil.
    Greaseproof paper.
    Cling film.
    Bin liners.
    Soda crystals....laundry, wm, drains & plugholes!

    I use empty bread bags for the freezer, sandwich bags & finally as doggy doo bags.

    A quick:money: tip re: the herbs & spices is to start off buying the refill packs to get a good selection, then buy a jar at a time if you need them for storage. I keep mine in an ice cream tub so they're all together.
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  • MellikaMellika Forumite
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    BigMummaF wrote: »
    Porridge oats.....to make yer mince go further.

    Ooooh can you explain this please???
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  • Haven't tried porridge oats to bulk mince out, but probably just add a handful to 500g of mince once it's browned (assuming further cooking required (i.e. bolognese/shepherds pie type thing). Grated carrot works well too and adds fibre, cuts fat total down in finished dish.
    :wave:
  • MellikaMellika Forumite
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    Thank you hun - I do wonder, since I get to hide all sorts of veggies and healthy stuff in mince - only way hubby will eat them ;) So any other ideas for this are welcome :)
    GC March Wk1 £28.72/£30 Wk2 £28.4/£29
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    Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or do without!
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  • mhemhe Forumite
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    Mellika wrote: »
    Thank you hun - I do wonder, since I get to hide all sorts of veggies and healthy stuff in mince - only way hubby will eat them ;) So any other ideas for this are welcome :)


    Hi Mellika - sounds like you need to hop over to the Grocery challenge thread were you will get plenty more tips like that. Bigmumma and the OP are on that thread too.

    Id add

    bread flour for my BM
    yeast
    dried lentils

    go with ..
    dried fruits (Def asda a the mo - 500g mixed fruit is 20p at the min)
    SR and plain flour
    tins of beans
    tins of tomato
    passata
    black pepper
    mixed spice
    baking powder
    caster sugar
    eggs
    marg
    and lots of cheap tupperware for storing spare portions in the freezer!!
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  • Haven't tried porridge oats to bulk mince out, but probably just add a handful to 500g of mince once it's browned (assuming further cooking required (i.e. bolognese/shepherds pie type thing). Grated carrot works well too and adds fibre, cuts fat total down in finished dish.

    Grated carrot was the traditional farmer's wife's method of making the meat go further in cottage/shepherd's pies without anyone knowing and so avoid any gossip or worse. I deliberately included a little bit grated carrot in my cottage/shepherd's pie recipe to keep it traditional.
    The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in my life. :)
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