Giveaway #148: Chicken Chasseur Seasonal Box from Knorr (and why it is OK to use ready made stock some of the time)

Knorr Chicken ChasseurI am not ashamed to hold my hand up and say that I use ready made stock.

In an ideal world we would all make our own stock (and bread, jam, cure bacon, grow wheat, mill it, and while we were at it rear sheep, spin and knit all our clothes etc etc). Also in this ideal world we naturally would all have the kitchen space, time, energy and organisational ability required to make the said stock.

I certainly do make stock some of the time.  I have been known to leave dinner parties with a chicken carcass in a supermarket bag for stock making.  Currently there are two carcasses in the freezer waiting until I have the aforementioned time, energy and organisational skills to make stock.

I am not going to criticise anyone for using ready made stock in their cooking.  At least they are cooking (rather than eating ready made meals or takeaways); which after all is half the battle.   Life these days can be a hard job, and many people need a little help just to get through.

According to the office for National Statistics the average salary in the UK in 2011 was a little over £26K.   After tax that is just under £400 a week.  Given that with continued economic uncertainty, people are fearful of losing their jobs and working longer hours. I reckon that stock making does not figure on their list of priorities.

I suspect that some of the ready made stock haters are not parents.   Nor am I.  but I spend lots of time with small children and it is an exhausting full time job.  I once gave the parents of my youngest goddaughter a 24 hour pass for a birthday present.   I lasted about 14 of them.   I was dead bone tired after one night of disturbed sleep.  The logistics of getting myself showered and dressed involved locking both protesting children into the bathroom with me, as they were too young for me to take my eyes off them for more than 30 seconds.

Enough said.  I buy ready made stock.  I also really rather like the Knorr stock pots, and their Touch of Taste vegetable stock in a bottle.  I wish they did a free range chicken one, so I do try to make my own, but life is short, and I am sometimes not organised.

So yes, I am flying the flag that ready made stock is great!

Anyway, you may remember that last year I worked with Knorr, and received and gaveaway a series of seasonal boxes.    My first box of the year arrived earlier today – packed with lovely products from Foreman and Field to make chicken chasseur with.   We shall be having ours tomorrow – my friend J is coming for supper, whilst her son attends his end of year school disco nearby.

The box contains everything that you need to make a delicious dinner.

  • 1 small chicken
  • 2 shallots
  • brandy
  • white wine
  • 1 Knorr Chicken Stock Pot
  • tomato juice
  • button mushrooms
  • chopped tarragon
  • chopped parsley
  • tomatoes

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  1. I know that living across the Irish Sea stops me from entering but I cook a lot and use Knorr stockpots and Touch of Taste 99% of the time – the quality is excellent and not over salty unlike some commercial products.

    • Thanks Aoife. I think they are great.

      I detest food snobbery. And sadly there is too much of it. I try and blog for people who shop in supermarkets.

  2. Anne Thompson says:

    I keep ready made pastry on standby for a quick way to make a pie/tart.

  3. Ali Thorpe says:

    I agree regarding pastry, I always have some shop-bought in the freezer to save time and I never find it lacking. I also always have a few jars of pesto as I love it for a quick pasta dish, in which I throw in roasted-whatever-from-the-bottom-of-the-fridge, or in sandwiches with chicken or cheese. I do also make my own but I don’t always have enough basil.

    • Ali Thorpe says:

      I would pin the image from the article (that’s right, isn’t it?) but it keeps telling me there are no pinnable images, whatever that means :-S

  4. Jane Willis says:

    I’m a fan of Knorr stocks too – I keep the home made stuff for soups and use ready made for most other things. But the one ready made item I would never be without is puff pastry. I’ve made it once – just to prove I can – and once was enough! There’s always a pack in my freezer.

  5. I always keep a tin of custard on standby for hubby as he cannot make it, come to think of it he can’t make anything x

  6. Kara Harrison says:

    I have been known to use Very Lazy creamy chicken from time to time (though I only use it occasionally) but I generally prefer to whip up things myself. Like you I do also use ready made stock though. Really anything that will always be easier and doesn’t make a real difference to taste is a suitable shortcut in my opinion.

  7. I too use ready made stock. And ready made pasta sauce, ready made pastry and also packet gravy mixes. That is not to say that I don’t make my own as well, but there are times when you just want to get a meal on the table quickly. Takeaways don’t feature in our house, so that means something from my mind to the table in less than 20 mins.

  8. Vanessa F says:

    I have a lot of ready-made items in my cupboard for those days when I’m too tired/busy/ill to cook from scratch, but my most used are probably ready made stock because it can transform nearly any dish.

  9. Ashleigh says:

    agree with Anne, ready made pastry saves time and still tastes great!

  10. Pauline Rendell says:

    Ready made pastry is my shortcut for pies!

  11. Tracy Nixon says:

    I must admit I use ready made and rolled puff pastry for making sausage rolls and pasty for the kids! It is so quick and easy and great for a rainy day when the kids are looking for something to do! I also suffer from bad finger joints and find rolling out home made pastry difficult! The ready rolled and made is a life saver! Oh and I sometimes buy the cookie mix – another great item to store in the pantry for rainy days!

  12. Debbie Stanley says:

    tinned custard – it is just so much easier than making custard from scratch, no messy saucepan (which I have been known to throw away on occasions) and no lumps

  13. Jeff Wolf says:

    Puff pastry – life’s too short and the ready made stuff is pretty good.

  14. Jean Bolsover says:

    I sometimes use a cookin sauce for shepherds pie for quickness

  15. sarah davison says:

    Ready to heat rice – I never use anything different, they come in loads of different flavours too, just pop them in the microwave for two minutes. Makes my life much easier.

  16. Aimee Ryan says:

    I love homemade stock and make it when I can but it does require effort, the knorr stockpots are great too and I use them when I’m strapped for time (or when i’m feeling lazy!)

  17. Valerie Dallimore says:

    Ready Made Pastry. Saves time – AND saves me getting stresed trying to make it!

  18. julie kenny says:

    Puff pastry – so difficult to make …so easy to buy ;-)

  19. Carole Barnes says:

    Flaky pastry

  20. Rainie Bish says:

    Pastry. Im just not so good at making it myself

  21. Hazel Rea says:

    I keep ready made soya custard in the cupboard.

  22. Diana Cotter says:

    I’d be lost without my Bisto

  23. I also use ready made stock.

  24. ready made short crust pastry

  25. Has to be ready made pastry, even top chefs admit to using it!

  26. julie thomas says:

    I make terrible pastry so this is one ‘essential’ shop bought shortcut that is always in my kitchen

  27. Gillian Holmes says:

    Ready made frozen pastry.

  28. Andrew Halliwell says:

    Oxo cubes. Always use them when making a casserole or hotpot.

  29. Anschel G says:

    I love Knorr stock pots, & have all the flavours. I even add them to home made stock for a deeper richer flavour at times.

  30. Mark Whittaker says:

    I agree completely about pastry , though must say I actually love making it (when I have the time). I suppose the biggest ready made product I use are pre-made pastes garlic/tomato etc. I really wish they made an onion one as my partner will not eat anything where he can feel the texture of an onion, though enjoys the added flavour. I end up grating onion on the finest part of my grater just to get the taste into my food ! Seems to take FOREVER !

  31. lesley hamilton says:

    Cooking sauce mix, say bolognese, i have tried to make it from scratch and its never the same

  32. microwavable rice…they taste the same as the ones cooked from scratch…

  33. Paul Ellams says:

    We use instant mash, As we never have any potatoes around.

  34. Emma Carter says:

    Pre-made pastry is a god-send, it doesn’t feel like you’re cheating when you use it as you still get excellent results.

  35. Having recently made my own puff pastry from scratch recently I can safely say that I will be returning to the wonders of Jus-Rol in future!

  36. kim mayhead says:

    Microwave rice as it is so much easier than cooking your own and also tastes better.

  37. Jane English says:

    I use these ready made stock items regularly, they are so simple to use. I’ve tried lots & found some so salty they have ruined the food, but Knorr are up there with the best.
    I also add OXO cube to stews they just add that little bit.

  38. Stock cubes are a staple in my cupboard as I very rarely have time ot make my own. Custard powder is another useful thing to have on standby.

  39. Roseanne says:

    Pasta sauces, a lot easier to just bung a jar into the pan.

  40. Jenny Rogers says:

    Pastry – particularly puff pastry – because I just cannot make it as good as my mom.


    Frozen pastry of any kind. I just cant be bothered to make it from scratch.

  42. Natasha says:

    Ready made pastry gets my vote!

  43. Ready made pastry :)

  44. Renee Armstrong says:

    Frozen chopped garlic.

  45. Claire Butler says:

    gravy granules so much easier when you just doing like a pork chop dinner midweek

  46. I usually keep a bottle or two of pasta sauce for nights when we are rushed and I also keep a couple of pie crusts handy in case we want a quick pie!

  47. Lisa Waugh says:

    it has to be lazy garlic

  48. Flaky pastry is a must in my freezer, ready for quick puddings

  49. Maya Russell says:

    I think ready made custard is acceptable.

  50. claire woods says:

    Has to be pastry. It’s so hard to get right.

  51. iain maciver says:

    puff pastry

  52. Alison Turner says:

    ready made puff pastry,packet custard and knorr stock cubes wouldn’t be without any of these :)

  53. Lynne OConnor says:

    I love the convenience of Curry pastes and fajita packet mixes for adding to raw ingredients

  54. Roll out pastry…

  55. Lynne Sharpe says:

    Gotta be frozen garlic no smelly fingers or sore eyes from chopping x

  56. Susan Crosswaite says:

    Puff pastry – it takes far too long to make from scratch

  57. Ani Costa says:

    Dolmio Pasta sauce for my rare lazy days

  58. Puff pastry , my arch enemy lol

  59. angela sandhu says:

    has to be puff pastry. We use it quite a bit for shortcut dinners and make puff pizza and pinwheels etc

  60. Puff pastry

  61. it would have to be frozen ready chopped veggies – onions, peppers & mushrooms

  62. Suzanne Cooke says:

    I always keep some frozen yorkshire puds my little girl sometimes springs on me that she wants a dinner and wants it in a hurry, lifesaver.

  63. Emily Nelson says:

    Beef Oxo cubes!

  64. Veronica brown says:

    Pastry as I just don’t have the time to make it from scratch.

  65. Some cooking sauces are fine for me, especially when in a rush

  66. sarah lambert says:

    It has to be pasta sauce,Ive never been able to get the right amount of flavours right :( xx

  67. Dried pasta is my main kitchen cheat. I simply do not have the time or the skill to make it from scratch all the time.

  68. Craig Brown says:

    Puff pastry

  69. Hannah Moody says:

    It’s gotta be pastry for me! I’ve tried making it myself and it’s just not worth the hassle cos the ready made stuff is just such good quality :)

  70. Emma Clarke says:

    Ready made pastry for pies!

  71. Pastry

  72. Allan Smith says:


  73. Janice Davison says:

    It has to be pastry. I would never have time

  74. sarah birkett says:

    ready made pastry. Its quick and reliable

  75. Carolynn Woodland says:

    Apple Crumble

  76. Caroline H says:

    Ready made icing sheets – I’m quite good with the baking bit but they give a much better finish than I could every manage from scratch.

  77. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse says:

    Frozen Yorkshire puddings.

  78. Joanne Mapp says:

    A decent shop bought Korma Paste which I can add to at home to make delicious curries

  79. Fran Light says:

    The shortcut product I use most often is using condensed tins of soup in place of homemade sauces. I use condensed mushroom soup in potato topped fish pies, I add condensed chicken soup (and left over chicken) to pasta to make a quick week day dinner. Using tinned soups shaves a good ten to twenty minutes off the prep time, and the results are pretty tasty, even if I do say so myself :-)

  80. claire hooper says:

    The knorr stockpots are fantastic, i use them alot!

  81. We do make stock quite often, but I also think Knorr stockpots are really rather good. The chicken one in particular has a really good flavour and smells lovely too. I also use stock cubes sometimes, but am usually aware of artificial flavour of those.

  82. I buy pizza bases & add my own toppings, is a great way to make a quick and delicious meals for the whole family, but still know exactly what they’re eating! :)

  83. kelly smith says:

    pastry because its so much quicker when making pies etc :) x

  84. I always keep a couple of jars of sauce for chicken in the cupboard for when we’re too tired to cook properly

  85. Julie Picton says:

    Puff Pastry

  86. definitely puff pastry, although my other pastry making skills aren’t always the best I do try!

  87. I’m a great lover over puff pastry but lately i’ve been a great lover of philadelphia the savory for sauces and the chocolate for desserts!

  88. Peak Lee says:

    Puff pastry

  89. Harpal Kaur says:

    pasta sauce

  90. Svetlana Lemantovic says:

    tinned custard

  91. conrad edwards says:


  92. Jenny Price says:

    Nowadays I don’t cook much meat, so don’t have the bones, scraps etc to make a proper stock so Knorr stock cubes fill that gap really well.

  93. Rachael G says:

    Puff Pastry – so much easier to get it out of the packet and gives the same results.

  94. stephanie tsang says:

    ready made pastry

  95. Sauce Sachets and Gravy Granules are some of my kitchen short cuts

  96. jennifer thorpe says:

    passata for pasta dishes

  97. Victoria Boland says:


  98. elisa wright says:

    Microwaveable rice. Rice any other way just ends up soggy or hard if i try and cook it!

  99. I always keep a shortcrust pasty and puff pasty in the freezer…

  100. Eleonora says:

    Tinned chopped tomatoes ready for quick pasta sauces!

  101. Michelle H says:

    Ready made pastry is my cooking weakness, try as I might I just can never get it.

  102. Amanda Grant says:

    where do I start – pastry is a must, even plain short crust on some occassions – but mostly flaky pastry. Stock cubes are essential, good quality for best test, pesto I notice someone said – wouldn’t dreamof making my own

  103. Sally Hatton-Crowther says:

    Ready rolled pastry is always in my freezer.

  104. Michelle Grundy says:

    Chopped tomatoes, definitely, but they have to be a good quality one (which isn’t always the most expensive!)

  105. laura banks says:

    ready made pastry

  106. Instant custard is so quick and easy.

  107. Charlotte says:

    Pastry !!!! Even the top chefs cheat with this

  108. Judy Wright says:

    I use ready made sauces, they’re just so much quicker and easier than making my own and most of the time they taste better!

  109. Georgina Hopkins says:

    Thai curry paste! I’m too scared to try and make it myself. I have some amazing authentic red & green curry pastes that my mum had made for me in Thailand, definitely better than what I would end up with :)

  110. Becca T says:

    Definitely puff pastry – who has time to make it from scratch?! And the packet stuff is so good now

  111. Carolyn Philip says:

    Homefarm Ale and Mushroom Sauce. They use exactly the same ingredients as I would, the beef casserole tastes great and it saves me a lot of time.

  112. katrina day-reilly says:


  113. maureen quinnell says:

    lazy garlic

  114. Zachary Hudson says:

    tinned custard – it is just so much easier than making custard from scratch,

  115. Lesley-Ann Dunn says:

    Pesto, as although it’s quick and easy enough to make yourself I just find certain shop-bought versions tastier!

  116. Other than a jar of Knorr chicken stock..I use Very Lazy garlic and chilli. It’s better than having garlic sprouting in the fridge and the risk of rubbing eyes with chilli fingers!

  117. Mickie Bull says:

    Ready made pastry, because I’m useless at getting it right!!

  118. Good quality ready made chicken stock. I don’t have time to boil chicken carcasses :)

  119. Heather Haigh says:

    Cream cheese or mascarpone plus milk to make a quick cheese sauce, easier and smoother than making a roux etc.

  120. Karen Barrett says:

    crushed garlic in jar, I use it as an emergency to make my own garlic bread.

  121. Clare H says:

    I always have some frozen spinach in my freezer in case we run out of veg or for when I cook a meal which needs some quick nutrition adding to it

  122. Natasha G says:

    tinned grilled peppers – tasty and save so much time!

  123. Pat Stubbs says:

    Seeds of change sweet and sour sauce for when I want a quick meal

  124. Shelley Bird says:

    I use ready to roll pastry, just do not have time to make it all fresh and a quick win for the kids!

  125. Denise Whiskin says:

    I will admit to using a jar of cheap bolognaise sauce (79p at Aldi) when I just want something quick & easy to throw in with some pasta, bacon & scrambled egg. So cheap & very quick & makes a satisfying meal with no messing!

  126. Ros Easton says:

    Puff pastry, pasta sauce & my new favourite – frozen chopped herbs in little tubs – they taste so fresh.

  127. Mine would have to be cheese sauce sachets to save a lot of time plus they taste delicious when you add your own bits of paprika to them!

  128. andy parkes says:

    i use concentrated soup (tins) as a basis for a lot of quick sauces, make good alternatives to thickening up stocks!

  129. helenthemadex says:

    ready to roll pastry

  130. Carol Peace says:

    Pastry I find my hands are too warm to mix pastry so ready made is lot’s easier

  131. Leanne Brooks says:

    Ready made pastry is never bad to have, saves time and most shop bought ones like justrol can be frozen! very handy!!

  132. heli paylor says:

    Bisto Parsley Sauce Mix…….why go to all the bother when you won’t get better?

  133. esther james says:

    curry paste is great for curries!

  134. Hilda Hazel Wright says:

    Anything is an acceptable shortcut! What is acceptable depends on how much time you have spare. Sometimes I like to make soup, but mostly I like to open a tin!

  135. Georgina Ball says:

    I like the knorr herb infusions – saves having to buy bags of herbs just for a pinch of this that and the other

  136. matthew collins says:

    You are right about stock. Who has the time to make it?!

  137. Stock cubes are a MUST – it takes ages to make stock by hand, and I can’t really tell the difference!!

  138. Solange says:

    Puff pastry

  139. I cheat withchinese stir fry sauce to stir fry vegies :)

  140. Tim Bain says:

    Puff psstry, so messy and time consuming to make.

  141. Carolynn Watson says:

    I always keep pastry in my freezer for a quick and easy meal – the important ingrediants are what goes inside – frozen is just as good as homemade pastry especially if you hae hot hands as shortcrust needs cold hands and a light touch

  142. Cheryll H says:

    Pastry – it can be so hard to get it right. Pre bought makes cooking pies a breeze! :) @pipersky1

  143. tamalyn roberts says:

    i make my own spaghetti bolognese and i think that tinned tomatoes are a great substiture for frsh tomoatoes as i personally prefer the tast eof them in my bolognese sauce

  144. Amber R says:

    Gravy granules – of course I make it myself when I can, but I always have some Bisto on standby, because I don’t always have the time/inclination for making proper gravy.

  145. Completely agree with you Helen, ready made stock is not inherently evil and people are too snobbish about it. Until they go free-range I’ll stick to homemade, but I know if I had either a young family, or a tiny kitchen, I’d never dream of making my own!

  146. Georgina says:

    I would love to make my stock all of the time but we all know it just requires TIME! So this looks like the perfect evening meal when you want something quick to prepare that isn’t loaded with calories, salt and preservatives!

  147. JILL MANN says:

    Pesto sauce – always useful near the end of the month to jazz up a packet of lonely pasta in the cupboard

  148. LUCY IRVING says:

    pastry, it takes so long to make

  149. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    I also use ready-made pastry. It’s much nicer than mine.

  150. jennie jackson says:

    tinned custard – i dont think homemade tastes any different

  151. life’s too short to make puff pastry…

  152. beverley says:

    Gravy granules – I hate making chicken/turkey gravy from scratch. It never tastes right. Beef, I don’t mind making, but poultry? No way.


    Definitely frozen pastry – so much easier and tastes ok too! xoxo

  154. di dilly says:

    Tinned custard you don’t have to stand over it to keep it lump free.

  155. Cheese sauce because its an art form to get it right from scratch! @Bobbity666

  156. Tony Hone says:

    I use Knorr stocks (Veg / Beef( all the time it saves hours of prep.

  157. Joanna Sawka says:

    I like to keep some frozen pizza at home.

  158. Maria M says:

    Its pastry – as i’m actually really rubbish at making it! i normally have it in the freezer!!!

  159. EMMA WALTERS says:

    got to be pastry!

  160. Joanne Nelson says:

    ready minced chillies

  161. Suzanne sendell says:

    Different flavours of stock cubes
    They always come In handy

  162. Luisa Lauren says:

    Yorkshire puddings

  163. Lorna Totton says:

    Ready made pastry for when i am in a hurry as i do mostly make my own pastry.

  164. Robyn Logan says:

    My sneaky cheat is frozen mash potato, its not as good as homemade but works well for a quick cottage pie when I can’t be bothered to cook but want something comforting

  165. Ste Appleton says:

    I always have those cheap supermarket own brand casserole packet mixes handy

  166. Deborah Dixon says:

    It has to be ready made pastry like so many other. I cannot make it myself (or at least I can but no one will eat it lol) so i always have some in my frezer

  167. katie bennett says:

    that looks well yummy i have made my own stock but yes i raise my hands and say i do use homemade being a busy mum of three i never have that much time i now have a slow cooker which i love so much last night i made a stew …. the meat melt in your month i love cooking meals … and think more people should do it but i have a tight budget and yes i cant always do it …. wishes things were cheaper .. is going to plant veg in my garden for next season …. so help with cost and the kids are excited too i am a big fan knorr and use this alot in my cooking …. i love using there pork one as it really adds alot of flavor to my pork

  168. fiona gray says:

    It has got to be puff pastry – there is no way I could see myself making it.

  169. Patricia Avery says:

    I go to a lot of time and trouble to make home-made stock but must admit to using Knorr packet soups for the finished soup. Quick, easy and delicious ?????

  170. Frances Hallgate says:

    Ready made pastry as it’s something that is time consuming, easy to get wrong and just as good from the packet!!

  171. Mary Chez says:

    I often use ready made pastry and also cooking sauces too.

  172. susan hoggett says:

    ready roll pastry

  173. Rachel Blackburn says:

    i agree with everybody who has said pastry. Some really good ready made can be bought and no one will ever know you didn’t do it yourself ;)

  174. gravy granuales, i cant make gravy from scratch

  175. caroline hughes says:

    It has to be stock pots

  176. Hazel Rush says:

    Definitely ready rolled puff pastry!

  177. Carolin says:

    Beef stock cubes

  178. bella smyth says:

    boil in the bag rice for me as for the life of me i cant cook rise it ends up gooy

  179. Maria Jane Knight says:

    Stock because im a little bit lazy ;-O

  180. If I’m rushed for time and the quality of ready made is OK – no gm, nasty additives, etc, then fine. I like good stock, home made or bought. Pastry, if I’m not in the mood for making it myself, tastes just as good bought.

  181. Frozen chopped garlic!

  182. Christine Constable says:

    I frequently use Knorr stock cubes rather than making my own stock, as it saves me time which I can then use to cook a healthy, nutritious meal for my family.

  183. Paula Phillips says:

    I love ‘Smash’ easy to make mashed potato, just add some water, milk and plenty of butter.

  184. Christina Field says:

    Ready Made pastry

  185. Adele Hill says:

    ready made flaky pastry life is just tooo short to make this.

  186. katherine grieve says:

    Ready made pastry is brilliant

  187. Kirsty Caffrey says:

    I love the Knorr stock pots – fanastic flavours…

    I also use the cheese sauce granuals – especially for lasagne or making quick macaroni for the kids x

  188. Katie Pavey says:

    Ready made stock is absolutely fine for most cooking.

  189. Milk – you can’t beat the ready made stuff.

  190. Sylvia Leaver says:

    I always have stock cubes in my cupboard (Knorr and dare I say Oxo). I’ve made stock in the past but it has never turned out as tasty as the stock cubes you buy and they are so much less fuss. I also use gravy granules for when I want to whip up a thick gravy instantly. I often add 2 tablespoons of low calorie sugar and a tablespoon of vinegar to gravy to make a quick sweet and sour sauce. Tasty and fuss free.

  191. Natalie Henderson says:

    Caramelised Onions – it’s great for sandwiches and burger and is also for pepping up your mashed potato! Much easier than taking the time to properly caramelise your own onions!! :)

  192. Emma Smith says:

    For me it would have to be gravy granules. I know real gravy really can’t be beaten, but there are some good cheats on the market these days, that will do when I’m in a hurry

  193. Dan Caldon says:

    Tin of cream of chicken soup which is an instant sauce for pasta dishes

  194. Alice Hindley says:

    Ready made pastry

  195. Lucy Taylor says:

    I use ready made puff pastry, too convenient and tasty to ignore!

  196. i always have pastry in my freezer,

  197. Colmans Squeezy Chicken & Beef Gravy. It really makes a meal and does not taste like instant gravy at all

  198. Hayley Turner says:

    Puff Pastry, too fiddly to make myself, and takes too long. So much easier to get from a packet and doesn’t taste bad.

  199. Katie Skeoch says:

    Frozen peas, I usually but fresh but find frozen peas great especially if short on time!

  200. kristy brown says:

    I always have mushroom soup in the kitchen to make a tasty meat dish with rice or pasta when we’re in a hurry!

  201. Gravy
    Thanks :)

  202. Lottiegirl says:

    I always use gravy granules – have been meaning to try to make proper Jamie Oliver type gravy for years but have never got round to it. Also tikka masala sauce.

  203. jenna rothen says:

    love puff pastry

  204. Melissa Gazi says:

    Ready made pastry is great for making quick easy snacks such as sausage rolls :)

  205. Charlotte Jones says:

    I can’t do pastries (or baking in general really!) so always have some ready made on standby if I need to do anything pastry related :)

  206. Puff pastry is the one ready made product I am really happy to use – saves so much time, very reliable and less greasy than home made.

  207. Paul Witney says:

    Puff pastry

  208. Mandy Wan says:

    dried pasta

  209. Hayley Spencer says:

    pastry ready made!

  210. Jayne K says:

    ready to serve custard – it’s much more convenient as I live alone

  211. Sandra Geddes says:

    Ready made pastry as I suck at baking!

  212. Sandra Geddes says:

    Ready made pastry as I suck at baking x

  213. Hannah Smith says:

    Jus-Rol pastry sheets.. every time.

  214. Phyllis Ellett says:

    It has got to be ready made pastry, I don’t I would do so much baking with out that little wonder.

  215. Liz Almond says:

    My favourite kitchen shortcut is fresh filled pasta; they’re just so handy when you get in late and you want to have some dinner on the table with the minimum of fuss. A pack of filled ravioli, with some frozen peas or rocket stirred through and a little parmesan makes for a meal that doesn’t feel like a cop-out!

  216. Christine Bray says:

    I love the flavoure ready rice just add roast chicken and glazed onion and you have a stirfry fab u lous!!!!

  217. Laura Cooper says:

    frozen ready-roll pastry is a great time saver

  218. Sarah Robertson says:

    I think frozen vol-au-vent cases….we have them for dinner quite often and its so handy.

  219. Angie Hoggett says:

    Filo pastry, I wouldn’t have a clue how to start making it!

  220. Lisa Pope says:

    I’ll hold my hand up to using good quality stock cubes too however, like lot’s of other people , ready-made must have is Puff-pastry

  221. Sarah Parker says:

    cans of baked beans – love to make the real thing too:)

  222. cheryl lovell says:

    I love things like ready peeled garlic and veg, makes things so much easier!

  223. Anene Cee says:

    Jars of chopped garlic is such a great shortcut!! I hate chopping garlic!

  224. sairz eastham says:

    knorr stockpots, best short cut everrrr

  225. Heather Shaw says:

    Filo pastry – thats hard to make!

  226. wendy jamieson-price says:

    flaky pastry because it is so hard to make


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