When it comes to cooking often, especially new and exciting recipes, it’s really important to have a good stock of the essential items and replace them as you go along.
If you are just starting to get into cooking, it can be expensive to buy everything at once but the chances are you will have some of the items I’ve listed anyway.
I decided to publish a non-exhaustive list of what I would consider essential ingredients to have in your storecupboard, so that when it comes to choosing a recipe you’ll only need to gather a couple of additional items instead of a huge shopping list.
There’s also a whiteboard on top of the fridge that help remind me to purchase additional items that can be located in many exotic places such as the Asian Market. That way when you come to buying recipe ingredients, you know you already have the main items in your own stock.
It is also useful to have a good proportion of these items incase you’re not sure what you want to have when you get in, but will have a number of options ready. It will also make things much cheaper for you by building meals from scratch, instead of buying ready-meals, as the chances are you’ll have leftovers which can be ‘bulked out’ and stretched further, along with your budget!
Dried Herbs & Spices
Chilli Powder (mild & hot)
Kashmiri Chilli Powder
Mixed Spice (ground)
Mustard Seeds (yellow)
Sauces & Stocks
Soy Sauce – Dark, Light
Vinegars – Red Wine, White Wine, Cider, Balsamic, Rice Wine
Stock Cubes – Beef, Chicken, Fish & Vegetable
Sriracha Hot Sauce