If you're worried about the eerie empty shelves in your local supermarket and are struggling to track down the basics in the UK, here is an evolving list of places where you can still pick up the ingredients you need. Know of somewhere else you can pick up anything from chickpeas to chicken? Drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram and we'll share your tips here.
Pulses and Grains
If you're struggling to track down tins of chickpeas or beans, first head to the freezer aisles of your supermarket to see what frozen varieties, such as broad beans, you can pick up there. Failing that, your local health food store will likely stock dried varieties that you can rehydrate, often resulting in a much better result (hello, creamiest homemade hummus ever).
If that doesn't help or leaving the house isn't possible, why not place an order with Desicart, who still have some lentils and other pulses, Biona, who have plenty of tinned goods still available, or check out some of the delicious Palestinian grains stocked at Zaytoun. We also found some very reasonable prices on tinned chickpeas and other goods at Red Rickshaw.
If you own a pasta maker that's been sitting in the back of your kitchen cupboard for years, now could be the time to dust it off. Making your own pasta might seem like a complex undertaking, but it's actually incredibly easy – anyone can do it! All you need is flour and an egg. Here are some of our pasta making articles to guide you:
- A simple recipe for pasta (don't worry if you can't get Italian '00' flour – all-purpose plain flour will do)
- How to work with pasta dough
- How to use a pasta machine
Our friends at Belazu have still got several varieties of rice in stock, as well as other grains and plenty of speciality ingredients to add flavour to your food over the coming months.
Check out The Red Beetle, who have a really lovely range of chopped tomatoes and tomato sauces, as well as other store cupboard essentials.
Pool resources, do your bit to look our for your neighbours, and get everyone enough eggs with a bulk order from The Good Egg Fellas.
If that's not an option for you, the food writer Elly Curshen (@ellypear) recently shared this incredibly useful guide to substituting eggs in baking:
- Vinegar and baking soda:
Replace 1 egg with: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Bakes best in: Cakes, brownies, quick breads.
Notes: Combine separately, then add to recipe to add loft to fluffier baked goods.
- Unsweetened applesauce
Replace 1 egg with: 60g applesauce.
Bakes best in: Muffins, brownies, cakes, bars.
Notes: Avoid using more than 1 cup total in any recipe as it can create a rubbery texture.
- Plain or vanilla yoghurt
Replace 1 egg with: 70g yogurt.
Bakes best in: Muffins, cakes, bars.
Notes: Can be heavy and works best if beaten well before adding to other ingredients.
- Silken tofu
Replace 1 egg with: Blend 60g silken tofu in blender, adding water until smooth.
Bakes best in: Pies, quick breads, muffins, dense cakes.
Notes: Can be very heavy. Avoid using in recipes that call for multiple eggs. Baked goods will not brown as deeply.
- Ripe banana
Replace 1 egg with: 75g mashed banana.
Bakes best in: Quick breads, muffins, cakes.
Notes: Very ripe bananas will leave a hint of flavor and increase sweetness. Can create a rubbery texture.
- Ground flaxeed
Replace 1 egg with: Stir together 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed in 3 tablespoons water until thick and gelatinous.
Bakes best in: Brownies, cookies, breads.
Notes: Adds an earthy, nutty taste and can create a firm or chewy texture, best with hearty baked goods.
Remember that if self-raising flour is unavailable you can make your own by using 2 tsps baking powder to every 150g plain flour. If you're unable to get standard wheat flour, try experimenting with other, less popular types of flour. Here are some recipes to try:
- Rye Bread (made with rye flour)
Apple and Cheese Spelt Buns (Dinkelbulle med äpple och ost) (made with spelt and rye flour)
- Rosemary, Parsnip, and Parmesan Loaf Cake (made with spelt four)
- Port Mary Scones (made with spelt)
- Egg and bean wraps (made with chickpea flour)
- Carrot, Apple and Walnut Cake (made with tapioca flour and buckwheat flour)
- Rhubarb Crumble (made with rice flour)
Quinoa and Chia Bread (no flour – just quinoa and chia seeds!)
Lemon or Lime Juice
Where a savoury recipe calls for fresh lemon or lime juice, substitute a dash of vinegar (red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar are safe bets for most dishes).
If you can't find minced beef, minced chicken or turkey make great alternatives, particularly in meatball recipes. Check out this delicious turkey meatballl recipe from Jessie Ware and this turkey lasagne from Eat Well For Less. Another option is to replace the meat with , black beans, grated firm tofu, or lentils lentils (as in this Mary Berry cottage pie recipe).
Instead of using fresh cream in soups, stews, curries, and sauces, try replacing with any of the following:
- Blended silken tofu
- Cashew cream (cashew nuts soaked in water and then blended)
- Béchamel sauce
- Mascarpone or cream cheese
- Milk (dairy or plant milk) either as it is or blended with butter or cornstarch
- Evaported milk
- Coconut cream