Hello Dear Reader,
If you’ve been paid today and can afford a bit spare, then here are some ideas to stock up to keep you going if you have an unexpected bill or expense.
Tinned : veg, meat, fish and fruit. These can be the staples of meals or can be added to fresh produce. Suggestions would be tuna, pilchards, sardines, mackerel, corned beef, stewing steak, chicken curry, minced beef. Tinned fish can go into fishcakes, in sandwiches, in a tuna pasta bake and with a white sauce into a fish pie. Tinned meat can go into a pie, eaten with veg or into a corned beef hash. Tinned veg can be added to a cottage pie or bulk out bolognaise sauce.
Pulses, either tinned or dried. We love using pulses instead of meat and they are a great source of protein. We use lentil in soups, kidney beans in burgers and stews and they’ll keep for years. They are cheap and they don’t take up much room
Oats- we buy bags of value oats and use them for porridge, date slices and flapjack
Rice, I just use long grained brown rice but add pudding rice and arborio rice for risotto.
Dried fruit, apricots, raisins, mixed fruit and dates. Look out for large bags of these in Poundland. Great in lunch boxes and baking.
Staples: gravy granules, ketchup, stock cubes, jelly granules (when you’re skint and the children want something sweet, then try mandarine pieces in jelly) tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, mustard powder, spices and dried herbs. When you’re broke, a simple tomato sauce with pasta will keep you going and can be made in bulk for lunches.
UHT milk, try and buy this in bulk and check the longest dates. We use it all the time, it’s a bit more expensive but to always have milk spare in really helpful.
Sweet treats: jam, lemon curd and marmalade. We only buy the value brands but they be added to jam tarts, sponge cakes and the marmalade can be used to make a sweet and sour sauce.
Now, I’ll leave the rest of the list to you. What’s cheap, affordable and storeable and will keep you going in the skint weeks which every body has from time to time.
I always look forward to hearing from you.
Love Froogs xxxxx