It’s always worth keeping a well-stocked cupboard of provisions. Sometimes you end up short on time or ideas for cooking up balanced dishes with enough variety. At such moments, having something ready-made in your larder may well save the day when you’re short on inspiration. ;-) It might be freshly ground coffee beans or homemade marmalade with breakfast, or perhaps your own spice paste, which can be used to give any dish an extra dash of flavour. Your Monsieur Cuisine is always on hand to help you conjure up the most delicious provisions.
What’s more, you can invariably save money and cook much more healthily with ease, as now you know exactly what’s in everything. Hidden sugar or added flavourings no longer end up on your plate. And you’ll find that you’re automatically using more seasonal and locally-grown produce in your cooking.
Another positive side-effect is that you’ll cut down on packaging, and thus avoid creating more waste.
You only need a few things to get started:
- Clean jars and/or bottles with suitable caps or lids
- Self-adhesive labels or glass pens
- Spices, herbs, sugar vinegar
1. Sterilise the jars to ensure that your provisions will keep for a long time.
- Put 500ml water in the mixing bowl
- Place the jars, without their lids on, upside down in the steamer attachment or cooking basket (depending on the size and number of jars)
- Select and start the steamer function
- Finally, turn the jars the right way up, leave them to dry, and you’re done!
- Large jars or bottles can be sterilised by rinsing with hot tap water and then dousing with boiling water.
2. Get all of your ingredients ready
Preserve! Preserve! Preserve!
Well-cleaned jars are the foundation for the long shelf life of your provisions.
However, there are also other methods for ensuring that food keeps for longer. Marmalades and jams don’t just taste deliciously sweet due to the fruit; the sugar that they contain also preserves the fruit and keeps it edible for longer. If you prefer a more savoury, flavoursome taste and want to add a spice paste to your storecupboard, for instance, you won’t need to worry about the shelf life. Salt is a very effective preservative. Homemade pesto won’t present any issues either. You just need to make sure that your pesto is covered with oil, so that, once opened, your pesto will keep in the fridge for at least a week. You can transform vegetables into delicious antipasti with clear vinegar, while ensuring that they will keep for a long time. Leftovers can also be used for this purpose. ;-)
Once again, we’ve put together a small selection of recipes for you to replenish your storecupboard. There’s also a much bigger selection in the Cooking Pilot and on https://www.monsieur-cuisine.com/en/
Have fun browsing and cooking!