2 years ago I moved out of my parents home and into a room in London that I was sharing with Matt. I remember spending so much money in both IKEA and different grocery shops, because we didn’t have any essentials in our cupboards yet.
Matt’s mum very kindly gave us a £50 tesco voucher, but we were so confused about what different things we needed to buy. I couldn’t really find any good lists online of kitchen essentials, so after a while of discussing what food we liked and our favourite herbs and spices, we created a list and went shopping in one of the big tesco’s!
This list has helped me so much in our move back to Denmark where we started all over again.
If you are moving out soon or just need to clear out all of your cupboards and start from scratch here is an essential cupboard ingredients list. I have also made a PDF for you to download and have on your phone while you are shopping!
ESSENTIAL CUPBOARD INGREDIENTS
OILS, VINEGARS AND CONDIMENTS
Oils: olive oil, sunflower oil
Vinegars: white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar
Condiments: soy sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, pesto, mustard, chili sauce, fish sauce
HERBS AND SPICES
Seasoning: salt (fine and flakes), black peppercorns
Herbs: dried oregano, dried bay leaves, dried thyme, dried basil
Spices: dried chillies, whole nutmeg, ground cinnamon, cumin seeds/powder, chilli powder, curry powder, smoked paprika
DRY GOODS & BAKING
Flours: plain flour, whole meal/spelt flour, cornflour/cornstarch
Sugars: caster sugar, brown sugar, icing sugar, vanilla sugar
Other: cocoa powder, baking powder
Pasta, grains and pulses: dried pasta, dried noodles, couscous, rice
Tins and jars: tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas, tinned cannellini beans
Sweet stuff: oats, honey, syrup, peanut butter, jam, almonds/hazelnuts or mixed nuts, mixed seeds
Other: organic chicken, vegetable and beef stock cubes
BASIC FROZEN STUFF
Vegetables: peas, green beans
Others: fruits, berries, ready-made-soup