Jamie Oliver has revealed his ‘can’t do without’ cupboard essentials that will save you money when cooking during the current financial squeeze.
Chickpeas, beans or pulses, tinned tomatoes and flour were rated as key ingredients, while chilli sauce, curry paste and pesto were also said to be brilliant for transforming humble staples.
In addition, he also tipped three essentials from the freezer – peas, sweet potato and garlic – as key ingredients for plenty of dishes.
Using such items as a base for at least a week’s worth of delicious dinners, you could create meals from as little as 40p per head, and up to around £1.
The advice comes after research of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Tesco, revealed 43 per cent are planning to spend less on their essentials this year.
Saving time and money
Chef Jamie Oliver, who has collaborated with the supermarket to create value-friendly store-cupboard dishes to give shoppers inspiration, said: “Research shows many people are trying to find ways to spend less on their food shop this year and looking for ingredients that will make more meals for less.
“For that, the store cupboard is your best friend – it’s a brilliant library of non-perishable items that have the ability to make lots of delicious, nutritious meals on a budget.
“To highlight the wonderful ways these hard-working ingredients can help in the kitchen, I’ve teamed up with Tesco to share my store cupboard essentials.
“I’ve also included seven delicious recipes using them, that come in from just 40p per portion when you take advantage of the supermarket’s Low Everyday Prices, Clubcard Prices and Aldi Price Match.”
In a video, the Essex-born chef explains how items such as flour, lentils and tinned tomatoes can not only save you time, but also money when it comes to preparing meals for the family, as well as how

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