THE HABIT OF ALWAYS HAVING SOME FOOD ITEMS IN YOUR KITCHEN MAKES EATING AND FEEDING WORLD GO ROUND:
In the olden days according to Bible, if a mother has a bushel of flour and oil, that is all it takes to feed the family and even unexpected visitors or strangers.
Our ancestors were always in the habit of keeping some food items too. I could remember my late grand mother used to keep dried fishes, chicken pieces and maize in her native food cage hung over the wood fire side.
She always kept these items in order to entertain us when ever we pay her some unannounced visits.
Today, you too can have at least six essential food items you can always have in your kitchen. Not only that they will help you entertain visitors but will always save you lots of money if you keep them regularly in your kitchen, fridge or freezer.
It is not always advisable to be tripping to the grocery shops, corner shops and supermarkets especially during bad weathers. We can always do as our ancestors or grand parents did and comfortably feed members of our families without spending much money just by relying on the food items we stored in our kitchen cabinets etc.
Filling your cabinets or pantry with a few useful staples can be the difference between a trip to the grocery shop each and every day or week versus once or twice a month. This means stocking just a few favourite food items are what you need to create a wonderful eating varieties of foods without spending much money.
THE SIX ESSENTIALS YOU NEED TO HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, PANTRY AND FRIDGES AND FREEZER ARE AS FOLLOWS:
1. Flour: Flour, as essential in Biblical days to a family so it is today as one of the most important food items to have in our kitchen! What can you do without this stuff?
Flour is like "Panacea" a medication that tends to cure all known diseases. Yes, flour once you have it in your kitchen, you can boast to feed even the Prime minister or the President of USA if he has a rare whistle stop visit at your home.
Flour is definitely a starter item for many recipes, it goes well with water and oil. You can make bread, biscuit, unleavened bread, pancake, dumpling, meat balls, chin chin; puff puff, rolls, meat pie; chicken pie, fish cake, cakes, cookies etc. Just think or dream of any food item you like, flour will help you cook it and most importantly help you to save money once you have it in your kitchen.
Rice is another essential commodity you can't afford to do without in your kitchen or home! For a family like mine, Rice is definitely our staple food item in that we cook rice three times a week and I can eat Rice five times a day without looking back.
My wife buys 100lbs bag of rice and that means that from month to months, we don't have to trip to the shops to buy rice. You can't imagine the huge amount of money you save by buying rice in bulk!
Once we have a bag of rice in our kitchen, we can boast we can feed our favourite Arsenal football team, their coach and manager Arsene Wenger any time they pay unscheduled visit to our home.
There are many species of rice in the world starting from those USA long grains, white and brown to the Chinese, Japanese, Hon Kong, Thailand; Indian Basmati to Nigerian Abakaliki rice.
All you need is to buy a bag of it and keep it warm and you can save loads of money. Rice goes with meat, with eggs, vegetables, with sugar, oil; with all kinds of fishes, meat and poultry. In addition, you can eat rice on its own by adding salt and pepper!
3. EGGS :
Who can ever doubt the importance of a dozen of eggs in our kitchen or pantry? Eggs are one of those essential commodities you can't afford to neglect or fail to have in your kitchen! All you need is to say "Ah!" and eggs will solve all your feeding problems at a stroke! The three items already mentioned go well with eggs. What other feeding problems could you have when you have eggs in your kitchen. Do you know how much you can save in a week or months? You definitely can save loads of money if you have 2 dozens of eggs not minding their expiry dates!
4. BEANS :
Beans represent one of the essential commodities you can have in your kitchen and this will not only meet your feeding problems but enable you to have lots of proteins as well as save you loads of money.
You can cook and eat beans with rice, eggs, and boil beans with meat, poultry, with vegetables; make Akara and Moi moi with beans if you live in Nigeria.
You can make stew, soups,and eat yams with beans. Beans go well with hundreds of feeding and eating items. Imagine having a 50 lbs of bag of beans in your kitchen, you will save loads of money! Beans gives you eating varieties second to none.
5. FRESH AND DRIED FRUITS :
Many people think that they have to eat fresh fruits always in order to be healthy but this is not always true because there are many dried fruits that have money valuable essential vitamins than fresh ones.
You can save lots of money by having both fresh and dried fruits in your kitchen cupboards, shelves and bottles. Imagine what you can do with prunes, dates,coconuts etc.
6. SPICES : Having assorted seasoning food items in your kitchen can saves you lots of money. In addition to salt and pepper, you can grow mint, 'scented leaves', Rose Mary in your garden or have dried stuff of them in your kitchen and save lots of money.
You can store cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic cloves; thyme in your kitchen cupboards or shelves for years on end without having to run out to the corner shops, supermarkets to buy them when ever you want to cook.
These are the six essential commodities you should have in your kitchen and they are bound to save you loads of money! Now you can make your own list of the essential food items or commodities that are handy and visible in your kitchen because they are useful and will always save you lots of money.Remember the six essentials save money! Save money on shopping!