The Essential List of Store Cupboard Essentials

Jill Holtz

October 20, 2018

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Wondering what you should have in your store cupboard or pantry for cooking ingredients? It’s good to have some things that you can grab to rustle up a quick meal. Here’s The Essential List of Store Cupboard Essentials:

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Keeping a selection of things to hand in your pantry or store cupboard means you can throw together meals quickly and easily if you need to. Here is a list of items that will see you through plenty of recipes.

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List of Store Cupboard Essentials

Vinegars, Oils & Mustards and Other Condiments

  • Extra virgin olive oil, olive oil and sunflower oil
  • Vinegars: Red wine, white wine and balsamic
  • Dijon, wholegrain and English mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Sundried tomatoes in olive oil
  • Canned tomatoes and tomato puree
  • Canned tuna fish and anchovies
  • Chicken & beef stock cubes and Marigold Swiss vegetable stock
  • Chickpeas (dried or canned)



  • Spaghetti
  • Tagliatelle
  • Lasagne
  • Farfalle


  • Basmati
  • Long-grain
  • Arborio


  • Self-raising
  • Plain
  • Strong white flour (for bread and pizza dough)

Baking Goods

  • Brown sugar – demerara or muscovado
  • White sugar
  • Icing sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Good quality chocolate and cocoa (70% Cocoa solids)
  • Ground almonds
  • Good quality jam and honey

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  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cloves
  • Black peppercorns
  • Sea salt
  • Dried chillies
  • Mixed spice
  • All spice


  • Oregano
  • Mixed herbs

Fruit & Veg

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Chillies
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocados


  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese

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Over to you now. Anything we missed off our list that’s in your store cupboard essentials Tell us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

The Essential List of Store Cupboard Essentials

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Published On: October 20th, 2018 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: February 26th, 2023 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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