1. Chicken Broth
2. Tomato Paste
3. Rolled Oats
5. Worcestershire Sauce
For choosing something that feels as straight-forward as flour, you've actually got a lot of choices. Your best bet is all-purpose flour, since it's good for just about everything. Beyond baking, flour is great for thickening any liquids or sauces you're cooking with, or as coating for food when frying.
A staple of any well-stocked fridge, eggs are perfect as the star of the meal or as the perfect, protein-packed addition. Here's a helpful roundup of mouthwatering and creative uses for these little ovals of joy.
Whether cow, goat, or sheep, you can't really go wrong, but this handy infographic can help narrow down your choices. The key is to know what function your cheese will serve: Know what you'll use in sandwiches, what you like on pasta, and what you'll serve with fruit and bread to impress everyone.
11. Ground Meat
When it comes to eating animals, the least expensive and most adaptable form is ground meat. Tacos, chili, burgers, lasagna: ground meat makes for the perfect weeknight dinner when you need something simple yet filling. You can change up the flavor by using ground beef, poultry, or pork, or by choosing a different fat percentage. Go ahead and freeze it if you don't use it all in one go!
13. Herbs and spices
16. Apple Cider Vinegar
17. Sweet Potatoes
18. Real Maple Syrup
19. Canned Beans
So simple and so cheap! Lemons are great for cooking fish and meat, as the acids in lemon juice help breakdown the raw flesh so yummy spices and juices can mix together. You already know it's refreshingly tart on its own, and lemons go perfectly with fresh greens and other veggies.
22. Frozen Fruits & Vegetables
Cooking with wine might sound intimidating and fancy, but you can totally handle it. Just be sure not to cook with anything you wouldn't drink (looking at you, Franzia). And since you're already pouring it in the pot, you might as well pour yourself a glass, amiright?