Make your money stretch even further by stocking up on these supermarket staples

WITH money tight for many at the moment, I’m focusing on some little savings that go a long way.

I recently sorted through my kitchen cupboards — and have been stocking up on supermarket staples that all have multiple uses for cooking.

This lot are all under £2 and might help you bulk up a few dinners this week . . . 

EASY PEASY: A can of chickpeas is just 55p at Tesco and this an excellent and cheap way to give meat curries and salads that little bit extra. By draining the tin through a sieve into a bowl, you can save the aquafaba liquid the chickpeas are kept in and use it for baking, too.

It is vegan-friendly and can be used as an egg replacement in cake and dessert recipes. Try whipping it with sugar and add melted dark chocolate to make a chocolate mousse.

PASS THE OLIVES: A jar of olives is a great healthy snack, as well as making an excellent addition to a salads or pizza. The cheapest I’ve found is Aldi’s at 42p for a 320g jar.

The liquid brine that keeps the olives fresh can be a great ingredient to help flavour your dishes, too. I like to use it to make vinaigrettes, and adding dashes into pasta sauces makes them taste great.

I SAY TOMATO: One of my favourite cupboard staples is a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Grab one for £1.09 from Asda. You can chop the tomatoes to use for sauces or add them to plain pasta to make an instant dinner.

They taste great when used with garlic on a roasting chicken, too. The sun-dried tomato oil they are stored in is just as amazing. Whenever I’m making something that might have an Italian edge, I use the oil from the jar to add some extra flavour.

FISH, BOSH, BASH: Tinned fish, such as tuna or anchovies, can be stored in brine, oil or water. Anchovy tins are just 65p at Asda and I keep them in the cupboard to add to pizzas.

A touch of that oil in tomato pasta dishes is delicious, too and you can also whip it with butter to serve with fish.

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