Keep a store of basic foods in case you can’t get to the shops because of bad weather or illness.
Use your freezer to store a small supply of foods you enjoy. This could include bread, frozen meat and chicken pieces, frozen vegetables, a selection of ready meals, frozen seasonal fruit and ice cream.
Cooking large batches of meals, such as stew or homemade soup, and freezing individual portions is a good idea. You can then defrost the meal for eating when you feel like it.
Try keeping some of these foods in your cupboards:
- Milk – long-life, dried, or evaporated milk; canned milky puddings.
- Meat and fish – canned corned beef, ham, sardines, salmon, pilchards, mackerel and tuna.
- Fruit, vegetables and fruit juice – a variety of canned goods (including baked beans), instant mashed potato, dried fruits, long-life fruit juice.
- Lentils and beans such as dried or canned red kidney beans or chickpeas.
- Cereals – breakfast cereals, wholegrain crackers, oatcakes, plain biscuits as well as pasta and rice.
- Drinks – tea, coffee, cocoa, malted milk.
- Other – canned and dried soups, yeast extract (for example, Bovril, Marmite or Vegemite).
Store-cupboard foods don’t keep for ever, so make sure you don’t let things go out of date.