Vegan Store Cupboard: Recommended Ingredients

Vegan in 15 by Kate FordIf you’re all set to try out some recipes from Vegan in 15 and would like a little help with working out what’s vegan and what’s not, here is a list of all the store cupboard ingredients used in the recipes, with guidance where necessary of which brands from UK supermarkets are and aren’t vegan.

To make things as clear as possible, I’ve listed products under a traffic-light system:

  • Vegan means that the product is vegan (usually confirmed by manufacturer or supermarket)
  • No Animal Products but risk of cross-contamination means that whilst the product doesn’t contain any non-vegan ingredients, it may be produced in a factory where non-vegan products are also handled.  Many vegans are happy to eat such products, some aren’t – so it is up to you to do a bit more research or contact the manufacturer for more information.
  • Not Vegan means that the item contains animal products.

Please note that this list is for guidance only, and is not exhaustive.  It has been compiled from information I was able to find at the time of posting.  Ingredients and factory production lines change, and supermarkets change the information available on their websites, so please do always check labels for yourself and if necessary contact the manufacturers directly if you have concerns.

And do get in touch if you discover more vegan ingredients to add to any of the lists, or equally if an item I have listed is now no longer vegan.  Thank you!



Baking Supplies

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Dried Herbs & Spices

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  • Chinese five spice
  • Curry powder (medium or hot)
  • Garam masala
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cumin
  • Oregano
  • Paprika & Smoked paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Za’tar

Dried pasta & noodles

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Jars

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  • Artichoke hearts
  • Ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
  • Ready-chopped ginger / ginger purée
  • Vegan mayonnaise
  • Passata (plain, with basil, and with onion and garlic)
  • Peanut butter (crunchy)
  • Preserved lemons
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Dijon or English Mustard
  • Wholegrain Mustard
  • Capers
  • Gherkins
  • Olives (black and green, pitted)
  • Roasted peppers
  • Sliced Jalapeños

Alcohol

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Nuts & Seeds

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  • Almonds (whole and flaked)
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pine nuts
  • Shelled pistachios
  • Peanuts (dry roasted and chilli-coated)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Walnut pieces
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Ground Flax and/or Chia Seeds

Oils & Vinegars

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  • Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Olive oil
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White wine vinegar

Pastes

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Rice, Grains & Pulses

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Sauces

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In the Fridge

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Tinned Foods

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Miscellaneous

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In the freezer

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Spreads, Milks, Cream & Cheese Substitutes

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On the windowsill or in the garden

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  • Flat-leaf parsley
  • Coriander
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Mint

Kitchen Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Stick blender and mini-chopper
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Frying pans (large and small)
  • Lidded saucepans (large and small)
  • Non-stick baking trays
  • Sharp knives (at least a large chef’s knife, small paring knife, serrated bread knife)
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Colander
  • Sieve
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Slotted spoon
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Measuring jug
  • Measuring spoons
  • Scales
  • Tin opener
  • Rolling Pin
  • Corkscrew & Bottle Opener

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