The Basic Foods Everyone Should Have in their Cupboards, Fridge and Freezer
While we're all for experimenting with exciting new flavours and recipes here at FoodSaver, we believe there are certain foods that everyone should always have in their kitchen — so you can rustle up healthy family favourites that don't cost the earth.
Saving you from tiresome trips to the supermarket, and helping you avoid fatty and expensive takeaways, these simple, basic foods can be combined to create delicious, wholesome dishes right out of your cupboards, fridge and freezer.
Of course, diets, tastes and eating habits vary from household to household, so this is by no means a definitive list of the foods we should eat. But by keeping your kitchen stocked with a few essentials, you can feed your family fresh, healthy meals on a budget.
Here are the basic foods everyone should have in their cupboards, fridge and freezer.
"Don't cram your kitchen full of ingredients you'll hardly use. Instead, focus on stocking up on essentials."
What Should Be in Your Cupboards
Instead of cramming your kitchen cupboards with new and unusual ingredients which rarely see the light of day, concentrate on keeping them stocked with essentials that, when paired with other foods, make delicious, home cooked recipes from scratch.
Here are the ingredients that everyone should have in their food cupboards.
Dried Herbs and Spices:
- Garlic powder
- Chilli flakes
- Curry powder
Oils, Sauces and Vinegars:
- Stock cubes (meat or vegetarian)
- Instant gravy granules
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Tomato puree
- Red and white wine vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Vegetable oil
- Tomato ketchup
- Brown sauce
- Whole grain mustard
- Curry paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- Garlic puree
- All purpose flour
- Sugar (granulated, brown)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Chopped tomatoes
- Pulses (chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils)
- Fruit (oranges, mandarin, pineapple)
- Fish (tuna, sardines, salmon)
- Baked beans
- Porridge oats Bread (loaf, wraps, crumpets, pitta bread – bread also freezes very well) Couscous Breakfast cereals Crackers
What Should Be in Your Fridge
Fridges form the cornerstone of any self-respecting kitchen, helping us keep perishables and leftovers fresh and tasty. For quick, healthy and nutritious meals, fill your fridge with the following short-shelf-life mainstays.
Fruit, Salad and Vegetables:
- Salad leaves (lettuce, rocket, spinach)
- Potatoes (normal, sweet)
- Onions (white, red, spring)
- Fruit (apples, oranges)
- Cheese (cheddar, hard cheese, soft cheese, cottage cheese)
- Soured cream
- Fresh herbs
- Fresh meat (chicken breasts, pork chops, minced beef)
- Fresh fish (salmon, tuna, prawns)
- Cooked meats (chicken, ham)
- Dijon mustard
- Peanut butter
- Pure maple syrup
- Soy sauce (can be kept in the cupboard, but refrigerating will preserve the flavour)
- Sriracha sauce
What Should Be in Your Freezer
The freezer has long been a godsend of the modern kitchen, allowing keen cooks to preserve individual ingredients alongside their favourite dishes and leftovers. When the kids are hungry and you're all but resigned to a trip to the shops, the freezer can come to your rescue — providing a lifeline of frozen snacks and meals that can be cooked up in a jiff.
Here are the foods you should always have in the freezer:
- Mixed vegetables
- Sliced mushrooms
- Sliced peppers
- Cauliflower and broccoli florets
- Minced beef
- Chicken breasts
- Diced chicken pieces
- Minced turkey
- Pork loin chops
- Frozen fish fillets
- Battered fish fillets
- Fish fingers
- Ready rolled short crust pastry
- Pizza bases
- Bread (loaf, wraps, pitta)
- Nuts (freezing nuts stops their natural oils from spoiling)
- Cheddar cheese (preserves the flavour and prevents spoiling)
- Cooked rice
- Ripe bananas (perfect for smoothies)
- Double-ups, prepared meals and leftovers
- Frozen fruits (again, perfect for smoothies, or breakfast)
If you've enjoyed reading this list, but think we're missing a few kitchen essentials, we'd love to know the sort of everyday foods you keep in your cupboards, fridge and freezer — so let us know on the FoodSaver Facebook page.
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