For us, the store cupboard is a treasure trove.
No matter what size your kitchen, if you’ve got a decent stash of store-cupboard (and fridge and freezer) staples, a good meal is always at hand. They’re the basis of something simple and soothing when you’re fit to drop at the end of a long day.
They help you spice things up or transform your meat, fish and veg when you want to go a bit off-piste and try something new. They’re the things you reach for when you need something quick and tasty to satisfy the late night munchies. Or to stretch things out when you’ve unexpectedly got a few extra mouths to feed.
So whether you’re cooking solo or for friends and family, here are just a few of the staples you can take home from Earthy.
Pasta, sauces & pestos – dried, fresh or stuffed – a large bowl of comfort in ten minutes or so. From spelt cavatappi, spinach lasagne, Italian orzo to buckwheat penne, we've got it covered. Fresh gnocchi too. How about some wild fennel pesto from Tuscany to go with that?
Rice – arborio, basmati, bomba, long & short grains, brown, jasmine, white, wild or sticky – for risotto, pilaff, fluffed up for fragrant curries, or in a creamy pudding.
Noodles – chilli miso ramen, vermicelli noodles, udon, soba, buckwheat & black rice noodles. Stirred into aromatic broth or spiced up with garlic, chilli and ginger for a stir fry.
Couscous, freekeh, wheatgrain, farro – in salads, or studded with dried fruit, nuts, preserved lemons and flecked with herbs to accompany chicken, fish, meat or chargrilled veg.
Preserved & spiced fruits & pastes - date molasses, preserved lemons, spiced kumquats, harissa & tamarind. 100% extra virgin anchovy fish sauce from Red Boat.
British Quinoa - grown in Essex by Peter Fairs. If you must subscribe to food crazes, make sure the food miles are low.
Pickles, chutneys & mustards - from sauerkraut, to kimchi to cornichons. Anyone for some smoked beetroot ketchup?
Fairtrade spices, seasonings, sauces, oils, vinegars and aromatics – for a bit of kitchen alchemy.
Frozen fruit & veg - Organic frozen spinach is one of the best and most underrated freezer quick fixes.
Our freezers at Ratcliffe have been known to stock frozen rhubarb, frozen broad beans & frozen redcurrants.
Tins of tomatoes, beans and pulses – to add to soups, stews and chillies; really versatile & nutritious.
Or just baked beans on toast – you can’t mess with perfection.
A bit about our sustainable canned fish
Who doesn't have a can of tuna in the cupboard?
A common misconception is that our market stores are classed as "health-food stores" rather than sustainable grocery stores.
In no "health food store" would you find our range of sustainable canned fish, of which we are justifiably proud.
We ensure each and every one one of our products carry the MSC certification logo, without fail.
Our range consists of traceable and, where possible, Organic, Mediterranean anchovies, sardines from Brittany, pole & line caught albacore tuna, wild salmon, octopus & smoked mussels. Our fish sauce is 100% anchovy.
The "Dolphin friendly" red herring
When we celebrated our Sustainable Fish Fortnight in
2016, our research led us to find out that the use of dolphin-friendly logos on tinned tuna was somewhat of a red herring; a clever marketing ploy.
In no way an accurate indicator of sustainability, as dolphins and skipjack tunas do not swim together.
By buying sustainable and ethical products from Fish4Ever and Phare D'Eckmuhl, we support companies with fishing practices that cause far less harm to the environment than commercial methods do.
Here at Earthy we believe in every day value and to help you budget better and still eat good food we have a selection of everyday essentials at affordable prices throughout our market stores.
Unlike other high street companies who will sell you cheaper made produce to keep down the costs, we select ours for quality and taste, we pick from organic and local produce to make sure only the best will do.
Keep an eye out for our Earthy Everyday signs in store or ask one of our staff to show you some of the best offers we have right now.