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This is a simplified list of common foods that tend to be cheaper when in season, and they are exactly the kinds of British foods that are going to be more readily available if food supplies are disrupted during the Brexit process. In reality the seasons will have areas of overlap, and availability may not be as precise as this, but it is meant to act just as a rough guide.
Duck, goose, white fish, mussels, crab, sprouts, celeriac, corn, kale, parsnip, pumpkin, swede, watercress, clementines, satsumas, dates, figs, pomegranates, chestnuts
This is a quick bargain alert that if you are organising yourself for Brexit, and want to store some multivitamins in your hoard, Holland and Barrett have their periodic special offer on where you get a second bottle of vitamins for 1p if you buy the first one full price. These ones work out at £16 for 480 capsules for adults, which will keep two people going for over six months: https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-abc-plus-caplets-60030459 and these ones will keep one child going for the same period of time for £14.40: https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-and-barrett-healthy-kids-multivitamins-60043701. We’ve posted pictures below in case you are looking for them in store.
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(Just so you know, nobody has sponsored this post!)
In modern houses without cellars, pantries, larders and outhouses it can be very difficult to find space for storing emergency foods so they are easy to access but out of the way when you don’t need them. Here are some ideas:
- Clean the tops of your kitchen wall cupboards, line the tops with brown paper or clean newspaper to keep them from getting dusty and sticky (paper is more easily changed than it is to scrub cupboard tops), and then stack your emergency supplies in logical groups on top of the cupboards. If you can, store them in plastic tubs so the tins and cans themselves don’t get dusty and sticky on the outside, or at least drape clean cloths over them to protect them. Avoid using areas near cookers and boilers.
- Remove the plinth from under your floor-standing kitchen units, clean the floor well underneath, and replace the plinths with pull-out drawers, shallow plastic tubs, or baskets (not near the cooker). If this is impractical, try to re-engineer the plinths so they can be removed and replaced quickly and easily when you need to get something. You can always remove them altogether if you really need to, and stand cans and jars on shallow trays under your cupboards so you can pull the trays forward easily to access any supplies at the back.
- The spare room option. If you are lucky enough to have access to this kind of space, you can install a pantry cupboard to swallow up extensive supplies. This could be a simple utilitarian bookcase (choose one designed to have a lot of weight on it), a specially installed kitchen cupboard in a style that you can just about get away with in a bedroom or home office, an attractive old dresser or sideboard from a charity shop, Freecycle, or bought from Ebay (old brown vintage furniture can be cheap and really sturdy, which is useful for this kind of purpose, or pull-out plastic storage boxes on wheels under the bed (if you put lids on them it saves putting your hand into the supplies and pulling it out covered in dust, which is never a pleasant situation). Another possibility is to run shelves all the way around the room at the side height as the top of the door and stack items here, but again, make sure the shelves you buy are sturdy and suited to having quite a bit of weight on them.
- Garages and sheds. This gets a bit more complicated as you have to contend with vermin, flies, rodents, etc competing for your stuff. Everything needs to be cans, jars, or in solid plastic tubs with lids, and kept immaculately clean so wildlife have no idea what is in there.
- Tiny home? Try renting a storage unit! It’s a possibility if you want to buy in bulk and stack things ready for emergencies, and you are prepared to make one or two discreet visits a week to collect supplies.
- Chest freezers don’t have to be huge. There are 60cm wide chest freezers suitable for normal kitchens, and one of these will hold an entire lamb or half a side of pork specially ordered from the butcher and prepared to your requirements before being vacuum packed and pre-frozen (the cheapest way of buying high quality fresh meat).
In this post I try to identify the foods that we are used to using frequently, or having in our store cupboards as useful gourmet additions to our normal cuisine, and list them so that you can stock up in advance of them becoming difficult or more expensive to obtain. There may be problems either for customs delay reasons, tariffs, disruption to the manufacturing supply chain in the UK, or because there’s trouble finding pickers in the UK.
Fish soup and lobster bisque
Bread mix (our wheat travels around half a dozen countries before ending up as a loaf in the supermarket)
Fast acting yeast
Cooked peppers in jars
Olives in packets, tins and jars
Tinned chopped plum tomatoes
Herbs and spices
Very lazy garlic in jars
Very lazy ginger in jars
Anchovies and anchovy paste
Pulses: canned kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed beans, borlotti beans
Dried porcini mushrooms
Gourmet dried pasta
Stuffed vine leaves and other meze
Sea salt and black peppercorns
Frozen mediterranean vegetables
Frozen seafood, especially things like monkfish, sea bass, squid, etc
Frozen fruits and smoothies mixes