Brexit Stockpiling

If you are looking for a list of what to stockpile for Brexit, then hopefully this page will be helpful to you.

The approach of this website is not just to have a cupboard full of tins and dried foods, but to incorporate stocking up in your regular shopping and keep a stock of many items in your fridge and freezer too. however I do currently have a bit more of a stash in my under-stairs cupboard with Brexit in mind. It is very difficult to predict how significant the impact will be, but I imagine at least a slight increase in food prices and some shortage of a few items is likely, but the problem could potentially be much worse.

It’s understandable to be concerned about what will happen at the beginning of January next year when Brexit finally happens. There have been many reports in the media that food distribution and food prices are likely to be affected. Hopefully, things won’t turn out too bad and will issues resolved quickly, however I believe it is sensible to be reasonably prepared for some disruption. If you are looking for ideas on what to stockpile for Brexit, then hopefully this list will help you.

First some important notes;

  • If there are currently shortages in the shops, please be thoughtful of other shoppers and only buy what you need to for that week. This should be about forward planning and preparing when times are good, not last minute panics. Most shortages are likely to be a result of people panicking, so be part of the solution rather the problem by having your own stocks ready at home so you can avoid the shops at these times.
  • It is very important to ensure all the food you store would be used by you in any circumstances within the use by dates of the products. So what I mean is, don’t buy lots of spam or fishpaste, unless you actually like them and would eat it normally. Also be mindful of dates on products like UHT milk. And please, if you aren’t a very regular baker, only buy small quantities of flour (evil weevils!). However if all your family love, say baked beans or tinned sweetcorn, then you can build up a pretty large stash, but do be a conscientious shopper and buy a few extra each shop to build up your stocks slowly.
  • Remember this is a privilege to be able to afford to do this, so do also consider donating to your local food bank or directly to the Trussell trust or Fareshare.
  • Make sure you are storing them in a cool dry place that has some ventilation. Very important to look after it, and not let any go to waste!

So here’s what is in my cupboard currently. The following lists contain items that are very long life, and the list further down have shorter life items.

Basics

  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Baked Beans
  • Pasta – various shapes
  • Wholemeal pasta
  • Rice (Long Grain, Jasmine, Basmati, brown)
  • Wholemeal Noodles
  • Coconut milk
  • Sunflower oil 
  • Olive oil 
  • Honey
  • Coffee (real, instant, decaf)
  • Tea (decaf, herbal etc)
  • Oats
  • Granulated sugar

Vegetables & pulses

Ok so, not all tinned vegetables are amazing. I prefer to keep most proper vegetables in my freezer (and I grow a few in my garden too). Tinned sweetcorn, however, is wonderful, tinned peas are ok, and tinned potatoes are handy (you can liven them up in various ways too). Tinned beans are great, but if you are good a remembering to soak your beans and pulses then get dried instead. Tinned carrots are the other main seller, however I find the texture isn’t great, but they are worth a try.

  • Tinned Sweetcorn (the actually come in cartons now too).
  • Tinned Peas
  • Tinned beans. I have Butterbeans, Cannellini beans, Flageolet beans, Haricot beans, Borlotti, but there are loads more. red kidney beans are probably a good one if you like chilli (I can stand it personally, but I know its popular).
  • Tinned Potatoes, but be cautious a try them first.
  • Tinned chickpeas
  • Packets of dried pulses. I have red lentils and chickpeas (but I never remember to soak the chickpeas them and end up opening a tin instead!)

Fish

Tuna is king here in my opinion and is a favourite of my eldest boy too, obviously there is already mayonnaise and sweetcorn in the stash…

  • Tuna
  • Sardines, Waitrose do some slightly fancier ones in lemon that are nice, but not as wonderful as the frozen ones pan-fried, but still handy to have a couple of tins.
  • Red salmon, although it is a bit boney.

Fruit

So I think Fruit is the hardest category as it really is best fresh. In a normal week my children get through a melon, a couple of mangoes, a box of grapes and two bunches of bananas and more. Those things are not great replaced frozen or tinned versions. In fact frozen mango might be one of the worst things I’ve ever eaten. So I always make sure there a plenty of apples as these will last a little bit longer, but the only tinned fruit my kids will entertain is tinned pears. Tinned pears are actually heavenly and a fantastic in a pudding, so worth having in your baking cupboard at all times. Tinned pineapple is great too, and obviously can be turned in a lovely upside-down cake. There are lots more to try off course, and there are few I like to have, even if it’s just me eating them.

If you do have a garden, then strawberries are very easy to grow.

  • Tinned Pears
  • Tinned Pineapple
  • Tinned Cherries
  • Tinned Figs
  • Tinned Grapefruit

Spices and flavours

I do have quite of lot of spices, bottles and jars of various flavours, but I tend not to bulk buy any of them. These are a few that I want to make sure I have a little extra of;

  • Sea salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Marigold Vegetable Bouillon
  • Stock Cubes
  • Cornflour

Kids Essentials

If I don’t want a revolt from the little monsters, I do need to make sure I have these plenty of backups of these. And if everything else goes wrong, at least we will have custard.

The items in the list are pretty long-life, but will need to be stock-rotated often, which is unlikely to be a problem in my house.

  • Tomato ketchup
  • Jam
  • Chocolate Spread
  • Hot dogs
  • Fruit Squash
  • Custard tins
  • Custard powder
  • Bonne Mamam Madeleines
  • Raisins
  • Oatcakes
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Peanut butter

These next few lists contain items which are not quite as long life. Keeping a smallish stock if these rather than a large stash is best. I may get some extra in this December!

Baking

If you freeze flour for two weeks it apparently kills weevil eggs so it will last longer. Keeping flour in sealed plastic containers or bags is also a good idea.

  • Caster sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Plain flour
  • Self-raising flour
  • Bread flour
  • Yeast, but be wary that out of date yeast becomes inactive.

Vegetables

With these veg, don’t worry about the actual dates printed on them, just keep them cool, dry and in a dark place and they should keep quite well. Sweet potatoes probably have the shortest life out of these.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potatoes

More stuff for your cupboards

  • Various nuts, seeds, pinenuts
  • Grains – I stock pearl barley, freekah and pearled spelt
  • Part-baked rolls

Fridge

You usually think of fridge items as having a short lifespan, but these items are surprisingly long. Butter usually a few months, chorizo can be half a year and halloumi can be over a year!

Don’t over fill your fridge however as it is important to ensure that air flows through it.

  • Butter
  • Chorizo
  • Halloumi

Freezer  

There are many possibilities with the freezer, but my approach because don’t have a huge amount of freezer space, is to pack it with ingredients that can easily be combined with the cupboard produce to make meals. If I filled it with bulk-made meals, or ready meals I would run out of space very quickly. To be honest I do have quite a bit of freezer space, but this does fill it up quite well, and I still need room for ice cream.

  • Vegetables: peas, spinach, chopped peppers, sweetcorn
  • My own roasted vegetables: peppers, courgettes, aubergine
  • Frozen fruit: blueberries and raspberries mainly. Strawberries are good for smoothies.
  • Bread – couple of loaves, don’t want to take up too much space.
  • Pitas
  • Meat for roasting
  • Mince
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Milk
  • Pizza
  • Cheese: Cheddar and grated mozzarella.