Just like a house needs a foundation, every kitchen cupboard needs to be kitted out with certain staple ingredients.
Staples are used in most recipes and plenty a-time can save you a trip to the shop because they are great substitutes for other ingredients. Most of these products go a long way so you’ll only need to buy it again in a few weeks or months.
What are your kitchen staples? Leave your comments below!
Here is my personal list:
Old bread – freeze those stray slices that you usually throw away, and use later for breadcrumbs.
All-purpose flour – Just 1kg goes a long way in baking and making sauces
Maizena – the most useful thickener on the planet!
Pasta & rice
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – NEVER use any other type of olive oil! It’s expensive but lasts at least a month!
Stock blocks – vegetable & chicken are the most versatile
Canned Tomatoes – whole or chopped, and/or concentrate
Canned Mushrooms, Beans and Tuna – slowly build up a reserve by buying one or two cans every month.
Salad veggies – lettuce, fresh tomato, onion, cucumber
The combined value of all these products is ± N$300. You don’t have to buy it all at once, and you may already have many of these things in your cupboards.