If you’re trying to save money on groceries, keeping your kitchen stocked is a smart way to do it.
With cupboards full of the ‘essentials’ you’re less likely to spend unnecessary on things you think you need for dinner.
So just what kind of ingredients should you keep on hand as a base? Well we have a few ideas!
We’d love to hear yours as well!
When you buy it in bulk, an option readily available in most major supermarkets in Australia, rice is super cheap. It’s also a great side for just about any dish, and offers slightly different flavours with brown and white variants.
Old fashioned oats aren’t just cheap, they’re incredibly versatile. Use them to make wholesome and hearty breakfasts, to stretch your mince and meatloaf, to make frugal baked goodies or even to add to smoothies.
Having flour in your pantry means you won’t be spending big on pre-prepared baked snacks, you can make them all yourself. Keep at least plain flour and cornflour, which can be use to thicken sauces, on hand.
There are so many grains out there that make great additions to the frugal pantry. Oft forgotten ones include barley, couscous, semolina, polenta and more, all of which are flexible and delicious.
For making your own breads and other doughs, yeast is smart to keep on hand. Don’t waste money on expensive pizza bases and seedy loafs, just do it yourself.