Are there certain things that are always in your store cupboards, things you use day in, day out and always replace before you run out? A survey is asking what your top 10 sore cupboard ingredients are in order to find the #UltimateStoreCupboard , and if you enter the survey you could win the nation’s top 10 ultimate store cupboard products when the results are in later this month!
So what are my top 10 must have ingredients? I went and took a look in my kitchen cupboards, and made a little list of the things I really couldn’t live without – do you agree with any of these?
1. Olive oil. I couldn’t live without olive oil, I use it for so many different things, from roasting potatoes and veg to making salad dressings and coatings for meat. It’s very versatile, and pretty good for you too.
2. Baking powder. We make a lot of cakes and biscuits with the children, and so baking powder is definitely an essential for us. It makes muffins rise beautifully!
3. Pasta. Something we eat a lot of is pasta, in some form – I would say we eat it at least 2-3 times a week. I always make sure we have spaghetti, fusilli and lasagne sheets in the cupboard so we can knock up some pasta dishes for the kids after school!
4. Eggs. Again, useful for so many different things, from baking cakes and biscuits to making quick and easy meals – we all love scrambled eggs, omelettes and frittatas (which are also a great meal for using up leftover veg and meat from a roast dinner).
5. Honey. Honey on toast is just yummy, whether it’s for breakfast or a late night snack. I also use honey for making sauces and dressings, as well as coating parsnips and carrots before roasting. Delicious.
6. Marmite. You either love it or hate it, and I love it. I am a Marmite fiend, and have it on my toast most mornings. I know a lot of people won’t agree with this one, but I love it and this is my list, so there.
7. Chilli powder. We love a bit of spice, and so curry powder is an essential for us. It gets used in all sorts – from making a traditional curry to spicing up a bolognese or roast potatoes.
8. Tuna. A great ‘filler’ ingredient if you forget to defrost some meat – you can chuck it into pasta bakes, fritattas, savoury muffins or spicy wraps. Great for kids lunchboxes too!
9. Stock cubes. I like to crumble these into meaty meals such as bolognese, chilli, lasagne or casseroles, and they make a great base for any slow cooker recipes.
10. Mustard. English or French, I don’t mind – either will make a great addition to dressings, spice up your mashed potato and compliment heaps of meals. There is almost always a pot of mustard on our dinner table.
So, tell me – what are your fail safe store cupboard ingredients? Would you choose any of my top 10, or do you have some other products that you think deserve to make the list? I would love to hear from you!
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