Lets face it all of us have things that we use regularly either on a day by day or month by month basis; and it is also a given that each household is different and has different requirements. Take for instance my family unit which consists of the two of usI like to keep in food that is good and solid and with the addition of a few other items can make simple substantial meals that you do not pay through the nose for.
I like to keep a sack of potatoes in the house. Normally at this time of year it is a little late to get a sack of spuds but today I fell lucky acquiring a 25kg bag of Nadine Potatoes, which will keep the two of us going for at least six weeks probably more and cost me £7. Work out how much you are paying for the bags you pick up from the supermarket and see just how much more you are paying for a larger sack; having the larger sack also means that potatoes are sorted for the time being so it is one less thing to remember to put on the shopping list until you run out again then I go buy another sack. My veg shop is just over the road and one of the owners actually delivers the sack to my door. I appreciate that I am lucky but perhaps you could get together with some friends(preferably one who can drive and either buy a sack between you or a sack each - perhaps best to go to a farmer or a farm shop or a greengrocer who sells sacks of spuds like the one I go to.
Potatoes keep well and are often kept in clamps until they are needed and are often many months old before the consumer gets to take them home and eat them so they do keep very well. I keep the potatoes under the stairs which is nice and cold and I make sure that the bag of potatoes is kept sealed and no light can get into the bag otherwise the potatoes start sprouting and we do not want that as we want as many meals as we can out of that sack of spuds and you do not have to just stick with mash or boiled potatoes you can ring the changes by making home made chips, scallops, champ. colcannon, rosti, roasties, baked potatoes, potatoes boulangere, to name just a few ways of eating the humble spud. If you have not experimented with different recipes for using the potatoes experiment find out what you like and do not like and create your own core recipes in the process. Everyone's palate is different so it stands to reason that each family has different likes to another.
Most of us like crisps; however in each pack of crisps is less than one medium sized potatoe. Would you pay over 70p for just one potato. Make your own crisps at home. I have a gadget that I use in the microwave for making my own crisps which is literally a plastic rack to separate the potato slices so that they dry properly with the aid of a microwave.
Onions and Garlic
I use a lot of onions and garlic for flavouring and I get a net of onions for about £1.50 a bag which again will last a good six weeks or more. The Coop for 3 same sized onions are charging about £1.05 for 3 onions. .I shop around for the best price on the garlic. Both are natural anticeptics and both get quite a bit of hammer as they help perk up bland food into something that is very tasty. I fry onions until golden brown, serve them with steak, beefburgers, hot dogs, Toad in the hole,onion gravy, make relish from the end of a net for the pantry so I do not waste a thing. I also use leeks in the same way when I have a freezer I freeze them and add them to stir fries and roast them to go into sarnies. During their season though I buy them as I need them.
Two to four Simple ingredients that can give so much variation and so much flavour, both staples of my Pantry and ones I would not be without. By keeping them in bulk store where you can you also have the comfort of knowing that you have ingredients in the pantry to cook to make a splendid meal. Take some nice sausages, mash some potatoes and serve with onion gravy fills you up and is comfort food of the highest order one that fills you up and keeps the hunger gremlins at bay. You do not have to serve lots of veggies as a matter of course you need veggies but be sensible you do not have to blow them all on one meal but use them throughout the day. To me at the end of the day its the flavour that is important.
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