Food plays a massive part in our lives because, to put it quite simply, we cannot survive without it. Many years ago, food was often merely viewed as a necessity to survive and while this, of course, still true, society over the years has experimented with food and we, as humans, can now indulge in the most tantalizing and mouth watering flavours in the world. So, what foods should always be within arms reach? I’ve compiled a list of the six store cupboard kitchen essentials that need to be on your shopping list, and why.
As cliche as it sounds, the phrase, ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ is actually very justifiable when you consider how much of a convenience sliced bread can be. Bread was one of the first foods ever to be created by man. It goes with almost anything and everything. Fancy a quick lunch? Sandwich. Have lots of sauce leftover from dinner? Bread to soak it up. My dad used to ask my mum for a helping of bread and butter with his dinner every evening, regardless of whether he wanted to dunk it into a bowl of stew, use it to mop up an egg yolk or perhaps even make a chip butty.
The great thing about bread is that, even if you don’t eat it often, it will stay fresh for a few days (longer if it’s been processed), and you can also keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh, or store it for even longer in the freezer. If that’s not enough to convince you that bread is a store cupboard kitchen essential, it’s also incredibly cheap to buy!
Who knows when the need for snacks will arise? If you’re feeling a bit peckish but don’t want to make a meal, if you’re anything like me, you head straight for the snack cupboard. Stock up on nuts, olives, bread sticks, and carrot or celery sticks. Having some unexpected guests over to watch a movie? Why not keep some gourmet popcorn at hand so your guests don’t go hungry?
Grapes also fall into the snack category, but did you know that you can freeze them? They make for impressive ice cubes to serve with cold drinks or wine. Pop a bunch in the freezer so you’re always ready for those moments when wine is needed, but you haven’t had time to chill it!
4) Frozen ready meals
It’s understandable that some days, you simply don’t want to cook. After a long and hard day, sometimes all you want to do is come home and crash in front of the TV. Keep some frozen ready meals at bay just in case you don’t feel like cooking after arriving home from work. You can also buy healthy frozen meals too, so it doesn’t have to upset your diet either!
Herbs and spices make everything taste better, and they are one of the ultimate store cupboard kitchen essentials. Want to spruce up your coffee? Add cinnamon. Fancy a kick of heat in your curry? Load it up with spices. Herbs are really inexpensive and last forever in the pantry. Stock up on your favourite spices so that your meals are always fun and interesting!
6) Dairy products
Dairy products make cooking so much easier. Even if you don’t consume dairy alone, ingredients like eggs, butter and milk are staple items used in thousands of dishes, some of which you probably eat regularly. Both butter and milk can be frozen, so why not make sure that you’ve got some ready in case of a cooking emergency? Plus, who doesn’t love baking a cake for their guests?
Fill your fridge and pantry with these store cupboard kitchen essentials and you’ll never fall short with your food! Is there anything I’ve missed that would be on your list? Let me know in the comment box below!