The basic kitchen cupboard essentials - Cooking Index
This is far from a definitive list and every cook will have ingredients they rely on every day that are not listed here. But this should act as a good check list for anyone setting up a kitchen for the first time (say, at college) or simply trying to put together a shopping list when moving into a new home. Or it could simply jog your memory about what you need to buy from the supermarket on your next visit.
Please note that all the ingredients here are dried goods – we have not included anything that is perishable such as butter or milk or fresh ginger or fresh chillis – and that the list excludes anything related to drinking, most noticeably tea and coffee. So please don’t write to us saying you can’t live without coffee – we already know that!
Dried herbs and spices – note that most spices will lose their potency after being ground so buy smaller quantities of ingredients such as dried cumin or dried coriander or grind your own as and when you need (a good spice grinder is cheap and easily stored).
Beans and pulses
Butter beans (in cans/tins)
Cannellini beans (in cans/tins)
Pasta and rice
Thai sticky rice
Oils and vinegars
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
White rice vinegar
Italian plum tomatoes
Sauces and mustards
Sweet chilli sauce
Tomato ketchup (Heinz is our preferred brand)
Nam pla (fish sauce)
French grain mustard (Meaux is our preferred brand)
English mustard (Coleman’s is our preferred brand)
German sweet mustard
Sugar, syrups and honey
Flour and baking materials
Plain white flour
Self raising flour
Belacan (dried shrimp paste)
Concentrated tomato puree
Pickled cucumbers (Krakus is our preferred brand)
Have we missed any ingredients you can’t live without? Why not email us at office @ cookingindex.com and we’ll add it to the list.