Thursday, 17 March 2011

Store Cupboard Basics

If you are starting out to build up your store cupboard, as we did a few years ago when we moved to Turkey, it seems like a never ending process.  The key is to build it up gradually, and try to buy the size to meet your needs.  Mostly I am only cooking for two, so a small bottle of wine vinegar will go quite a way rather than buying a large bottle which remains in my store cupboard for months.

  • Anchovies in oil or salt
  • Balsamic Vinegar (or concentrated pomegranate juice is a good substitute)
  • Baking Powder
  • Basmati Rice
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Black Pepper
  • Capers, salted (small ones are best)
  • Chickpeas (dried or tinned)
  • Chocolate (milk, dark and white)
  • Coconut Milk (tinned or dried packet)
  • Coco Powder
  • Cornflour (very useful for making cakes lighter or thickening sauces and stews)
  • Couscous
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Dried Fruit (such as Sultanas, Raisins, Currants, Apricots, Cranberries)
  • Dried Milk Powder
  • Dried Mushrooms
  • English Mustard (if you buy the powder, it keeps longer and you can add water to some to make a paste if required)
  • Fish sauce (you only need to use a very small dash of this to bring together a Thai curry
  • Icing Sugar
  • Jam
  • Lentils
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Nut Oil (such as peanut or hazelnut, are good when cooking curries or stir-fry's as they add a different taste, just make sure that nobody you are cooking for has a nut allergy.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Olive Paste (black or green)
  • Olives, black, green and green stuffed with peppers
  • Packet Soups (always good to use for sauces as well as soup)
  • Pasta
  • Plain Flour
  • Red Wine Vinegar (or red grape vinegar is a good substitute)
  • Risotto Rice
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Salt (table and rock salt are both handy to have)
  • Self Raising flour
  • Semolina
  • Soy Sauce
  • Stock Cubes
  • Sugar (white, brown, caster)
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Spaghetti
  • Strong Flour (if you are going to be baking bread)
  • Sunflower Oil (this is better for frying as it gets to a higher temperature than olive oil)
  • Tinned Baked Beans
  • Tinned Meat (such as ham, corned beef, spam)
  • Tinned Red Kidney Beans
  • Tinned Sweetcorn
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Vinegar (malt, or grape)
  • White Pepper
  • White Wine Vinegar (or white grape or apple vinegar is a good substitute)
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Worchestershire Sauce

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