Top 5 tins to have in your kitchen cupboard

8th Apr 2020

With much uncertainty of when we will be able to buy fresh ingredients, it is a good idea to stock up on food which will not only last long but will be versatile enough to keep you going with a range of meals.

Head Chef of Cambium restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel, Alistair Craig has shared his top 5 tins to keep in your kitchen cupboards.



Chickpeas are a must have in your cupboard! This incredibly versatile and affordable ingredient is packed with vitamins and minerals and is high in protein. They make a perfect meat substitute due to their protein content - great if you are vegetarian or on a plant based diet.

Famous for being the primary ingredient of hummus, they can also be used in a variety of other dishes.

Dishes to make: spiced chickpea salad, smashed chickpea sandwiches, stew, curry, veggie burgers.


Tinned tomatoes

Tinned tomatoes are full of vitamin C and fibre, making them great for your health as well as contributing to a whole host of meals. Once cooked, tomatoes can actually provide more health benefits, as cooking them releases antioxidants.

Choose Italian tomatoes. Italy has ideal growing conditions producing sweet and juicy tomatoes with plenty of flavour!

Dishes to make: sauce for pasta or to accompany fish, soup, curry, pasta bake, chilli


Tinned fish

Whether you choose sardines on toast or tuna pasta bake, tinned fish is great to keep in your store cupboard. Fish provides plenty of protein and omega-3. Tinned anchovies can add depth of flavour to a variety of dishes, including salsa verde or with greens.



First cultivated in Mexico and Central America over 10,000 years ago, corn is a grain rich in fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Sweetcorn is a great energy enhancer, with complex carbohydrates meaning that it will be digested at a slower rate, providing physical and mental energy for longer. It can also help to keep your skin healthy, containing Vitamin C and antioxidants which produce collagen.

Sweetcorn goes great with: black beans, rice, chowder, pasta, burgers, pizza.

Baked beans

You can’t go wrong with a simple beans on toast! Beans contribute to 1 of your 5 a day and cater to a range of diets, being suitable for vegetarians, vegans and are also gluten free.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try: baked bean pizza, tacos, bean and sausage pie or even Shakshuka.

Don't forget to recycle your cans! We love this simple way to pot plants.


Image by Georg Aamodt

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