39+ Low-Priced Kitchen Staples Every Family Should Own

39+ Low-Priced Kitchen Staples Every Family Should Own

I know I bang on about kitchen staples a lot, and how having a well-stocked pantry not only gives you the option to swap and change your meal plans around but also means you can whip up a meal on the fly in no time.

None of these cupboard staples are expensive but could end up helping you cut your weekly spend in half.

How?

I buy all these items once or twice every three months or so. This means that they are always well stocked, and I have the versatility to change our meals around if and when needed, or, just bulk them up a little.

There’s no need to have all these in your kitchen before you start to cook for yourself. Buy one or two a week to find out what you and your family like, and see what works.

As you all know, I’m not a great cook, but having these items in helps me make easy and cheap food for the whole family on a daily basis.

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Dry Goods

These ingredients are low cost but the most versatile. You don’t need fancy containers to keep them in, just cheap cable ties or clips from Poundland will do.

Rice

Pasta

Plain Flour

00 flour or bread flour

Porridge Oats

Baking Powder

Sugar

Oils and Sauces

Being a mum of two, our taste buds aren’t exactly out there. The kids love plain food, and as someone who grew up from a poor background, I like simple food, but these oils and sauces can really make even the most boring dinners shine.

For example, I make a simple slow cooked Bolognese for the kids and add some simple Worcestershire sauce for the adults.

Again, none of these items will break the bank and most don’t even need to go in the fridge when opened.

Also, no need to buy top quality, own brands are just as good. Sticking to what you can afford is far more important!

Oliver Oil

Vegetable Oil

Soy Sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

Honey

Herbs & Spices

Now, being pretty thrifty, I’m all about dry spices. It may be true in some insistences that fresh is best, but to me, I don’t think it makes that much of a difference.

Again, if you’re a chef, then that’s different, but in my very limited cooking career, with two fussy kids and a hungry husband, they really aren’t going to care.

There’s quite a few here, and I sue them differently depending on what kind of cuisine I cook.

Salt & Pepper

All Mixed Spice

Paprika

Chilli Flakes

Oregano

Thyme

Cinnamon

Curry Powder

Vanilla extract

Garlic

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Fridge

These have a small shelf life but can be used in almost every recipe, so are easy to use up if the date goes.

Butter

Margarine

Milk

Eggs

Fat-Free Plain Yogurt

Cheddar Cheese

Canned Goods

These have such a long shelf life that you won’t have to worry if you don’t use them from one month to the next.

Canned Tomatoes

Tomato Puree

Passata

Baked beans

Canned Tuna

Vegetable Stock

Coconut Milk

Tinned potatoes

Freezer

Great way to add nutrition or bulk to meals.

Mixed carrots, peas and sweetcorn

Peppers

Chicken

Frozen fruit like Strawberries, Pineapples, and Blueberries

Don’t Panic!

Yep, there is quite a bit here, but remember there is nothing inferior about chucking in a can of tinned tomatoes or using frozen fruit and vegetables.

Food like frozen sweetcorn are picked at their best and unless they’re picked from your garden, you won’t find a tastier or healthier sweetcorn than a frozen one.

Having these ingredients will help you to make a lot more exciting yet cheap meals the whole family will love, without the waste factor.

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