Larder, Lovely Larder

Today I took some time out from studying excessively to consider my stock of food and drink. A busy student needs to eat and have money on the side for keeping himself well fed and nurtured for a busy day of thinking and writing reports on what goes on in the lab. However I need to think about how much I have to spend and what I can save. The best way to get around this is to stock up a larder supply. Have you ever heard of one of those things? Well if not then a larder is a cupboard of foods and drinks that can last in storage that can last a number of months or even a year and a half.

That is great for people who need a food supply to last so that they don’t ever go hungry. I have just forked out £23 on a bulk supply of teabags and coffee. I have just about enough teabags to last for up to 6 months and that’s great conservation and a supply that can help me live on.

Let’s take a look at the potential food items that can go into a larder. I have created a list of two sets of types of foods, one for long lasting in the larder and the other for fresh food that I can buy on a weekly shop to go with meals. One of the best money saving tips about creating a larder is that you should buy them in bulk or from an online retailer. I got my bulk items from Amazon which started a grocery service last year. The content of their online supermarket is so vast that I can buy them on a weekly basis or as a bulk collection of goods.

Foods that Last

Pasta, noodles, couscous, rice and cereals are great for larders. If you fancy something Italian, Indian, light or just need something quick to eat for breakfast then these will last for a while. Condiments are really good, they last for a long time in the cupboard. Things like saffron, coriander, stock cubes, paprika, basil and other herbs and spices add flavour to boring foods so that they never feel like you have to settle for bland food. If you can apply your big brain to an assignment then apply to assess a recipe for a good meal. Frozen food is guaranteed to last for a long time in storage, just be sure to check it’s sell by date. Tinned soups are part of a typical student diet. They can be stored for up to a year and you’ll be sure to have something there as a tasty quick meal or as an emergency ration. Be sure to get some spreads like marmalade, hazelnut, marmite and peanut butter for your toast and sandwiches. If you have the baking bug then you most probably watch Great British Bake Off and enjoy indulging in making a cake or a pizza. Well flour, yeast, sugar and dried fruits are just for you. Pizza nights are quite common on student halls. If you know how to bake then the chances are you’ll be a popular housemate with your fellow students. You can make the pizza yourself instead of ordering one and with the ability to cook you are in charge of your own toppings that the takeaway won’t have.

You’ll want to have a decent snack now and again to keep you going as you read and work on your studies and reports. Well if you have a biscuit tin like I have then you can fill that up with custard creams, bourbons, jammy dodgers and teacakes. Having a rest from it all with your mates then get some multipack crisps and the chocolate snacks from the supermarkets and stick them in the larder. They will last for quite a while but make sure you don’t go mad and scoff them all up during a private screening of a blockbuster of some kind.

Now although dried foods make essential larder supplies to last long so that you don’t go hungry you will need a daily dose of protein and vitamins from fresh meat, fish, veg and fruit. The walk to the shop is a good for your health as well. Fresh food can last for at least a week and I can tell you which foods work best for a treat. A treat that would be a lot cheaper and healthier if the supermarkets didn’t have that picky criteria with ‘cosmetic standards’ which I have criticised them for making farmers throw away good edible food that is destroying farming and making desperate people starve. But that’s another story. Don’t be fooled by sell by dates, use your sense of taste and smell to see if the food has gone off. Right then let’s take a look at what tasty veg lasts for a while. Just remember this list details how long they can last provided that they are stored in the fridge:

  • Onions, apples can last for up to 2 months
  • Garlic for up to 3-6 months
  • Mushrooms and lettuce can last for up to 10 days
  • Bell peppers and oranges can last for 2-3 weeks
  • Tomatoes, broccoli up to 2 weeks
  • Carrots last 4 – 5 weeks
  • Bananas last 2-9 days
  • Berries like blueberries, raspberries, cranberries last 5 – 10 days

If you want to find out more then I suggest you visit my source for this information www.eatbydate.com.

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