The essentials for your first food shop!
Once you've unpacked and settled it, it's probably time to do your first food shop.
If you have no idea where to start, we've picked out some of the essentials that will make mealtimes a lot easier if you have these stocked in your cupboards...
Pasta is one of the most versatile (and easiest) ingredients. Whether it's spaghetti, penne or macaroni, it'll only take 10-15 minutes to cook. Trying to watch your carb intake? Opt for brown pasta instead.
Price: 45p for a 500g bag
Rice is cheap, easy to use, and very filling. It can be used in loads of different dishes and one bag of rice will last a very long time. Make sure you buy the biggest bag to save multiple trips to the shops!
Price: £1.50 for a 1kg bag
Potatoes in the cupboard? Dinner is looking good! You have a choice of baked, boiled, fried, mashed or roasted. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes and are packed with vitamins.
Price: 42p for 4
Onions are the base of pretty much every sauce/meal so you should always have plenty in your cupboard. Once you know how to chop an onion, you've got a skill for life. Just keep some tissues handy...
Price: 58p for 3
Tins can stay in the cupboard for months so get them all stocked up. The most important ones to have are chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and baked beans, so get plenty.
Price: 39p for a tin of chopped tomatoes
Eggs can be eaten in so many forms that are all easy to do and they keep for about 4 weeks in the fridge too. How do you like your eggs in the morning - boiled, poached, fried, baked, scrambled or in an omelette?
Price: 88p for 6 free-range eggs
Oil is something that is a necessity in the kitchen whether you love cooking to not. Extra virgin oil or coconut oil are good for you and better tasting. If you want the lighter option, sprays are best for that.
Price: £1.09 for 1litre
Herbs and spices can make your meal go from 0-100 real quick! Get your cupboard stocked up with versatile ones like basil, thyme, chilli flakes, fajita seasoning and paprika, and watch your food be transformed with flavour!
Salt & pepper can be easily forgotten about but they really complete meals by adding taste to your cooking. They can even help add some flavour to vegetables and pasta when boiling them.
Now once you've bought all of this, it's time to become the Masterchef of the flat - happy shopping!
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