Store Cupboard Essentials To Feed A Family


All we are hearing at the moment is news of Coronavirus, people stockpiling, shelves in supermarkets being bare and the potential of enforced isolation worldwide. But the big question for me is of course how to keep my family safe. Also, how do I feed my family, what Store Cupboard Essentials will I need in the event of a shortage?

This List Is My Everyday Shopping List

Not one I save for emergency situations or shortages, it’s for everyday life. However, thus resulting in me not feeling panicked by shortages. Therefore I felt sharing it may be of some use to stop the panic and help you be prepared for self isolation during this coronavirus outbreak. But also you will find a list of recipe suggestions further down the page to cook with your store cupboard essentials.

Healthy midweek meals Made with Store Cupboard Essentials for self isolation and coronavirus

I’m not talking about stockpiling ready meals and soup, or indeed stockpiling anything. Moreover, having the essentials in your food cupboard to be able to cook family meals.

Being a mum who cooks from scratch, I am confident that with with a selection of store cupboard essentials I can create a wealth of home made family meals.

Living out in the country means sometimes getting snowed in, so it’s always better to be prepared. Additionally using base ingredients from scratch makes your family meal budget go much further.

what do you need to make slow cooker red cabbage, Made with Store Cupboard Essentials

Store Cupboard Essentials To Buy.

I have also included a few alternatives, for in the unlikely event, of you not being able to get hold of a staple item.

  • Tinned tomatoes and passata.
  • Flour, self raising and plain.
  • Instant yeast
  • Sugar (alternative sweetener)
  • Cheese (Parmesan is great for cooking or mozzarella as great alternatives to cheddar or packet cheese sauce)
  • Fresh fruit and veg (Frozen or tinned fruit and veg as an alternative)
  • Mince, chicken, beef and pork, buy fresh and freeze ( If not buy frozen)
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Herbs, spices and garlic ( If you have a selection you can make almost anything)
  • Butter for cooking
  • Raisins
  • Pasta
  • Dry noodles
  • Rice
  • Mushroom soup ( This is great for making sauces if all else fails)
  • Milk (Long life as an alternative, not ideal but hey)
  • Eggs (Powdered egg as an alternative )
  • Balsamic vinegar, Worcester sauce, white wine vinegar.
  • Potatoes, onions, leeks
  • Corned beef
  • Dried Fruit
  • Chorizo
Healthy midweek meals Made with Store Cupboard Essentials for self isolation and coronavirus

Recipes You Can Make If You Have The Right Store Cupboard Essentials.

If you have the right essentials available, you can indeed be prepared for food shortages should they occur. Essentially I am not a panic buyer.

Why I hear you ask? Because my cupboards are stocked and ready, full of essentials to cook family friendly meals any day of the week. As a result were prepared meaning it’s less tempting to opt for cooking ready meals.

Easy recipe for pork meatballs with Italian tomato and basil sauce

So in the event of a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared, ( Have you seen I Am Legend? blooming amazing film I LOVE Will Smith) But also handy for when the car break’s down, deep snow, chicken pox and crazy situations like Corona Virus.

However also useful if you just want to make healthy family meals from scratch to save money. Yet also know exactly what your family are eating.

Store cupboard essentials for affordable family cooking


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah Christie is the author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 50+ mum of boys, sharing Cricut Crafts and Free SVG Files, family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co-editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog and Mini Travellers family travel blog.

1 thought on “Store Cupboard Essentials To Feed A Family”

  1. You are awesome. We are pretty good on store cupboard essentials, and we have two freezers, so I don’t think we will starve. I also have a bread maker (or can make by hand) sometimes the packet of bread mix can be really handy. We dont like corned beef (I do, but no-one else) but other than that your meal suggestions are our staples anyway. I think I’m winning this. 🙂


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