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My Store Cupboard Essential’s – What’s in Your Cupboard?


I bet you look at your cupboard and think, “what the heck am I going to do with that?” or “How can I make this food exciting?”.

Well let me help you out a little. I love cooking and I like to have good food that is not boring, it has to have some excitment to it, even if you are on a diet or follow a healthly eating plan such as Slimming World. No matter what, you need some store cupboard staples that will help you through and be there for that excitement.

I bet you are thinking, what do I really need in my store cupboard? Will I really use them? The answer to your questions, hopefully will be answered here.

Some of these items are give and take, but for a lot of the food, you will use these staples on a daily basis, I sure know I do.

Cupboard essentials:

  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Pink Pepper corns
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Bulgur Wheat
  • Lentils (brown, green and red)
  • Weetabix
  • Plain Oatmeal
  • FryLight – Sunflower, Oliver oil, Coconut Oil, or Butter
  • Baked Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Mixed Beans or Butter beans
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Passata
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Marmite
  • Honey
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Sweetener
  • Mustard Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Canned Salmon
  • Dried Herbs – Oregano, Thyme, Italian herbs, Mint, Basil, Coriander, etc
  • Dried Spices – Chilli, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Cloves, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, Turmeric, Nutmeg, Saffron, etc
  • Selection of raw nuts and dried fruit
  • Some good quality dark chocolate – 70% or higher

This is just a range of items, I sure have a lot in my cupboard. Without having a range of essentials in my cupboards I wouldn’t be able to cook half of what I have cooked.


The one thing I live by, especially in my kitchen is have a well stocked basics for flavour and the rest is a lot easier, you just need to know how and when to use them.

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