Shopping lists

Store cupboard planning for Brexit – Longer term plan (three months)

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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

Preserved lemons

Marmalade and marmalade ingredients

Coconut milk

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

Tomato paste


Tomato ketchup

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

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Dried porcini mushrooms

Canned mangoes

Gourmet dried pasta

Stuffed vine leaves and other meze


Sea salt and black peppercorns

Tinned salmon

Pine nuts

Nut butters

Frozen mediterranean vegetables

Frozen seafood, especially things like monkfish, sea bass, squid, etc

Frozen fruits and smoothies mixes




Store cupboard planning for Brexit – Emergency stores

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Following on from the previous post, this is a straightforward plan of what you might need to have in stock to feed one person for two weeks, so that meals are reasonably varied and everyone stays as healthy as possible. Brace yourself, it’s quite a lot, particularly when you multiply the list by the number of people in your household. The list is adapted from the official emergency food supplies list – the ‘hamster purchase list’, as it is nicknamed – issued by the German Government for its own population (who are luckier than those of us in the UK as they normally have cellars to house all the stuff). You need to budget £55-£65 per person, depending on whether you can get economies of scale from buying for larger numbers together, and the quality of food you choose, so a family of four using some basic brands and a few more expensive favourites here and there could expect to pay £150-170 for a two-week supply, in normal supermarkets.


1kg long life brown bread (or bread mix so you can make it yourself)

This can be bought canned for 3.95 euros for 500g from

400g French toasts

These can be bought in Tesco for £1.29 for 200g

1 kg crispbread or vacuum-packed bread

500g pasta

250g rice

750g oats

1 kg fresh or canned potatoes


800g canned beans

These can be baked or green beans

800g canned peas and/or carrots

700g each of red cabbage and sauerkraut in a jar

If you don’t like red cabbage, get extra beans, peas and carrots instead. But the cabbage has masses of vitamins.

400g asparagus in a jar

Cheaper in Germany, admittedly, but if you can afford it, this adds variety to meals

400g canned sweetcorn

400g canned mushrooms

400g gherkins in a jar

Again, a German favourite but very useful if you can acquire a taste for them. Otherwise choose another pickle you prefer.

400g cooked or pickled beetroot in a jar

500g fresh onions (because they keep well)

Fruit and nuts

700g canned cherries or fruit pie filling

250g canned pears

250g canned apricots

350g canned mandarins

350g canned pineapple

200g raisins or sultanas

200g shelled nuts or nut butter

250g dried prunes or figs

610g approximately of fresh applies, pears, bananas and oranges


28 litres of water or another way of preparing fresh drinking water if power supplies are interrupted at pumping stations.

You can buy 5l still water packs at Tesco for £1.10

1 x Jif lemon juice or similar

250g coffee

125g tea

Milk and milk products

3 litres long life milk or milk substitute

You can buy normal UHT-treated milk or alternatively powdered milk such as Marvel, or emergency milk for 8.85 euros from Convar–5060428433328.html

700g hard cheese

You can buy something like cheddar or parmesan, wrap it in greaseproof paper and put it somewhere cool, or you can buy canned cheese for 4.79 euros from Convar (it tastes good, I have tried it)

Meat, fish and eggs

150g canned tuna

100g canned sardines

100g herring fillets (more popular in Germany but still probably acceptable to the British palate)

250g canned corned beef or ham

300g canned or tinned hot dogs

300g sandwich paste or pate in tins or jars

360g canned stewing steak, chilli or similar

10 eggs, or alternatively you can buy egg powder from Convar for 6.58 euros

Fat and oil

250g of butter or margarine. You can buy canned Ghee in most supermarkets, or powdered butter from Convar that will probably outlive most of us at 24.50 euros for 500g.

300g sunflower, maize or light olive oil

To the above list you can add chocolate, cakes, children’s snacks etc as required, if you have the space. Convar do lots of canned cakes which are delicious (yes, we took another fall for the team and taste tested them for you!). It’s also possible to buy packets of jelly, dried rice pudding, semolina, custard power, jam, honey and so on, to add something sweet to the diet for morale-boosting purposes. Army 24 hour ration packs often have a muesli bar and boiled sweets in them for this purpose (and it is also a compact form of calories). I would also add a 500g bag of granulated sugar to the list, for the same reason.

Please note: All Convar prices are without VAT. They have not sponsored this post, we just like them because their products are excellent and for survival food the prices are competitive. At the moment they are manufactured in the UK. I know, irony, right?


Shopping list – Week 4

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2 lbs/1kg minced beef 4 gammon steaks

1lb/500g pork stir fry pieces

Beef joint

4oz/100g cooked ham

4 oz/100g cooked chicken


2 lbs/1kg new potatoes

4 baking potatoes

Fresh parsley

Fresh chives

Fresh berries (if not too expensive) or frozen


6 apples

6 bananas


4 oz/100g grapes


Romaine lettuce


8 oz/200g vine tomatoes

2lbs/1kg carrots

2 aubergines

3 courgettes

2 onions

2 red or green peppers

Fresh basil leaves

Fresh pineapple (or tinned in juice)


2 loaves sliced bread

Tomato ketchup and/or relish

Horseradish sauce and/or

 English mustard

Chocolate sauce or Mars bar (to melt for sauce)

Medium rice noodles

Tin chopped tomatoes

Tin kidney beans

3 litre cartons orange juice

3 litre cartons apple juice

Chocolate chip biscuits



Sour cream

10 fl oz/250 ml single cream

1 lb/500g vegetable spread

1 pint/ 500ml low fat natural yoghurt

2 pints/1 litre Greek yoghurt

4 oz/100g cheddar cheese

Sliced cheese for sandwiches


2 lbs/1 kg frozen peas

2 lbs/1kg frozen green beans

1 lb/500g value frozen white fish


Bin bags

Light bulbs

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Shopping list – Week 3

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  • 4 salmon steaks
  • 8-12 lamb chops or 4 lamb steaks
  • Ready-made lasagne or see recipe
  • Pork joint
  • 1 lb/500g cubed beef or braising steak
  • 4 oz/100g cooked ham
  • 4oz/100g cooked turkey


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • 8 oz/200g vine tomatoes
  • 2 lbs/1kg new potatoes
  • 5lbs/2.5kg roasting potatoes
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 2 lbs/1 kg carrots
  • 6 apples
  • 4 pears
  • 6 bananas
  • 8oz/200g fresh berries (if not too expensive) or frozen
  • Kiwi fruit
  • ½ lb/250g broccoli


  • 2 bars dark chocolate
  • 2 loaves sliced bread
  • 3 litre cartons of apple juice
  • 3 litre cartons of orange juice
  • Chocolate chip biscuits
  • Honey
  • Apple sauce
  • Jam
  • 2 lbs/1 kg porridge oats
  • Small bottle white wine (picnic size)
  • Tin chopped tomatoes
  • Tin pineapple slices


  • Cheese slices for sandwiches
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese
  • 1 pint/500ml low fat natural yoghurt
  • 1 pint/500ml Greek yoghurt
  • ½ lb/500g vegetable spread
  • ½ lb/500g unsalted butter
  • Small tub marscapone
  • 12 eggs


  • 2 lbs/1kg frozen green beans
  • 2 lbs/1kg frozen peas


  • Washing powder for whites
  • Washing powder for coloureds
  • Fabric conditioner
  • Cream cleanser
  • Toilet cleaner or bleach
  • Spray polish
  • Lavender furniture polish (if you have dark wood furniture)
  • Cleaning dusters and sponges
  • Rubber gloves


Shopping list – Week 2

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This list should work out a bit cheaper than last week’s as there’s not quite so much stocking up of basics to be done.


3 lbs/1.5kg lean minced beef

12 best quality sausages

1 lb/500g turkey stir fry strips

4 frozen rainbow trout, sardines or mackerel

1lb/500g cubed lamb

A whole chicken

4 oz/100g cooked ham

4 oz/100g cooked beef


8 oz/200g fresh berries (if not too expensive) or frozen


3 courgettes or a marrow

6oz/150g broccoli

6 onions

2lbs/1kg Bramley cooking apples or rhubarb

6 eating apples

6 bananas

4 oz/100g grapes

Kiwi fruit

Red pepper

Green pepper

4 oz/100g sugar snap peas or mangetouts

4 oz/100g baby sweetcorn

Romaine lettuce


8 oz/200g vine tomatoes

1lb/500g carrots


2 loaves sliced bread


2 tins chopped tomatoes

1 tin kidney beans

Tomato puree

Chocolate chip biscuits

2 lbs/1 kg porridge oats

Stir fry sauce

3 litre cartons value apple juice

3 litre cartons value orange juice

Salad dressing

Chocolate sauce or Mars bar (to be melted to make sauce)


Milk (daily consumption plus 2-3 pints for custard and rice pudding)

Cheese slices for sandwiches

1 lb/500g vegetable spread

12 eggs

5 fl oz/125 ml single cream

5 fl oz/125ml whipping cream

1 pint/500g low fat natural yoghurt

Garlic bread


White toilet rolls

White kitchen rolls





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Shopping list – Week 1 (stock up shop)

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  • 4 chicken portions
  • 4 pork chops or pork steaks
  • 1 lb/500g lean minced beef
  • 4 lean cut steaks or frying steaks
  • Lamb joint
  • 4 oz/ 100g cooked ham
  • 4 oz/100g cooked beef
  • 2 packets stuffed fresh pasta



  • 2 lbs/1kg new potatoes
  • 5 lbs/2.5kg potatoes
  • 2 lbs/1kg carrots
  • 8 oz/250g fresh berries (if price is OK) or frozen
  • 8 oz/250g fresh strawberries (if in season)
  • Romaine lettuce or similar lettuce
  • 1 lb/500g apples
  • 6 bananas
  • 1 melon (if price is OK)
  • 4 oz/100g grapes
  • 1 lb/500g pears (at least 4)
  • 8 oz/250g broccoli
  • 1 head garlic
  • Small stem fresh ginger
  • Bunch spring onions


  • 2 loaves sliced bread
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • Tinned kidney beans
  • Flan glaze (see recipe for Fruit Torte)
  • Empty sponge flan base
  • Green’s Quick Jel jelly
  • Blueberry jam
  • Elderflower cordial
  • Salad dressing
  • Mint sauce
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Rice
  • 2 lbs/1 kg porridge oats
  • Cream crackers or oatcakes
  • 1lb/500g short-grain pudding rice
  • 3 lbs/1.5kg plain flour
  • 3 lbs/1.5kg self-raising flour
  • 1 tin cocoa
  • 3 litre cartons value orange juice
  • 3 litre cartons value apple juice
  • Teabags
  • Instant coffee
  • Cafetiere or filter coffee
  • Chocolate chip biscuits
  • Bottle soy sauce



  • Milk (daily consumption plus 1-2 pints for rice pudding)
  • 1 lb/500g vegetable spread
  • ½ lb/500g unsalted butter
  • 1 packet fresh grated parmesan
  • 1 pint/500ml low fat natural yoghurt
  • ½ pt/250ml whipping cream
  • 4 oz/100g Brie
  • 4 oz/100g Red Leicester cheese
  • Cheese slices for sandwiches
  • 12 eggs
  • Garlic bread or baguette

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