Must-haves

This page will contently be updated as I try to come up with the ideal list of must-have kitchen equipment, cupboard foods and spices that will make cooking for one easier and more practical.

In the Fridge

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Milk
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Pesto

In the Freezer

  • French beans
  • Green peas
  • Chopped Spinach
  • Bread – Sliced, Buns, Pita
  • Ice
  • Root Ginger
  • Sturdy herbs – Thyme, Rosemary

Fresh Produces

  • Potatoes
  • Onions – Red, Yellow, Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Fresh potted Herbs – Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Chives
  • Lemons
  • Limes

Dried herbs and Spices

  • Salt – Flakes, Coarse, Fine
  • Black peppercorns
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Ginger – Grounded
  • Cinnamon – Sticks and grounded
  • Turmeric
  • Paprika – Smoked and Regular
  • Cumin – Seeds and Grounded
  • Coriander – Seeds and Grounded
  • Nutmeg seed
  • Chili – flakes and powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dry Mustard
  • Fennel seeds
  • Star anise
  • Bay leaves
  • Cloves
  • Curry powder

Cupboard Ingredients

  • Sugar – Caster and Brown
  • Honey
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Extracts – Vanilla, Almond
  • Oil – Olive (extra virgin), Vegetable, Sesame
  • Vinegar – Balsamic, Red wine, White wine, Rice, Cider
  • Fish sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Hot sauce – Tabasco, Frank’s
  • Worcestershire
  • Tomato puree
  • Tinned Tomatoes – chopped and whole
  • Tinned Pulses – Chickpeas, Butter beans, Red kidney beans
  • Tinned fish – Tuna, Anchovies, Salmon
  • Stock cubes – Chicken, Beef, Vegetable
  • Nuts and Seeds of all kind
  • Dry fruits – Raisin, Apricot
  • Olives – Black, Kalamata, Stuffed Green
  • Pasta of all shape
  • Basmati rice
  • Couscous, Quinoa, Bulgar
  • Polenta