We all have our favourite store cupboard staples. For some it may be pasta or potatoes, for others it may be rice and soya sauce, but being home a lot over the past few weeks has really got me thinking about our store cupboard staples. What we have lurking in the back of the cupboard that is waiting to be transformed into something tasty, it just takes a little thought and imagination.

Taste the Love @ Home wants to be your helping hand in the kitchen, giving you some ideas for how you can eat well and create quick, tasty meals that sit alongside your home delivery meals. Life is hard right now and we need to think about how we can make it a little easier if it is only one meal at a time.

Store Cupboard Staples


I thought I would give you a little sneak peak into my home store cupboards for you to see what I can’t go without.

Thing you will always find in my cupboards:

Lentils – Most likely red, yellow and green
Tinned Beans – Chickpea, butter bean & kidney are my staples.
Tinned Tomatoes
Chilli Sauces *
All the vinegar.  Red Wine, White Wine, Cider & Balsamic. All of these will help lift a dish and give it the extra zhuzh.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Salted Butter

Herbs and Spices:

Smoked Paprika
Veggie Stock
Maldons Sea Salt
Table Salt
Black Pepper

And in the fresh stuff:

Frozen Peas
Fresh herbs if I can get them. flat leaf parsley, coriander and basil are my go to.
Cheese. The two cheeses I will always have in is a really good mature cheddar (because it is the king of cheese in my opinion) and Parmesan. Parmesan is the perfect umami addition to so many of the dishes I love to make, it can keep for ages, even if its a bit hard and sad looking!

* I have, some would say, an unhealthy amount of chilli sauces. Whilst having a cupboard spring clean a couple of weeks ago, I found 11 chilli sauces (Tabasco & Encona were the only ones that were doubled up, Encona is the king of chilli sauces in my opinion, but this conversation deserves it’s own thread!) You have to have a different chilli sauce for different foods. But that is my staple, it may not be yours!

Home Delivery

Watch the blog over the coming weeks for some ideas for quick and easy Store Cupboard Staple Meals.

Check out our Home Delivery menu this week if you want a break from cooking for an evening.

What are your favourite store cupboard staples? Get in touch and let us know!

Further Reading

Taste the Love’s Sweet Potato and Bacon Bread is a great store cupboard recipe that is super easy to make and is easy for adapting.

There is lots of great inspiration out there for store cupboard meals, here are some great “go to”  ideas:

BBC Good Food has lots of ideas for store cupboard recipes here

Jack Monroe’s top store cupboard items here

Nigel Slater’s lock docwn store cupboard ideas here

Jamie Oliver’s store cupboard meals here



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