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Supermarket mocked over 'ridiculous' shopping list for Uni students

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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It seems the days of students filling their cupboards with cereal, frozen meals, plain pasta and leftover pizza are over, if this British supermarket’s ‘essentials’ shopping list for university is to be believed.

While many people usually base their meal plans around how much money they have left in their bank account after they’ve paid university fees and the cost of living away from home, Waitrose believes students should be forking out for a range of gourmet items including organic sauces and fancy salad dressings.

A photo of the retail chain’s list of ‘essentials’, which looks like it’s been taken from a supermarket magazine, was posted to Twitter by user Andrew Stronach, alongside the caption: “The Waitrose concept of essential cooking staples for new students!?!”

The article lists four items they believe should be in a student’s cupboard when they fly the coup and have to fend for themselves.


The first one is $3.60 marigold swiss vegetable bouillon powder, which is said to be great as a base for ‘hearty’ soups and ‘free from artificial preservatives’.

Second on the list is $3.10 aspall organic cyder vinegar, which is described as a ‘delicious dressing’ that ‘doesn’t take up fridge space and won’t go off’.

Coming in at number three was Waitrose’s $3.50 organic Italian seasoning and at number four was their $8 belazu rose harissa, which is described as being a ‘speedy, spicy marinade for fish and meat’.

And rounding off the five ingredients was $5.80 organic tamari soya sauce – an ‘umami-packed, gluten-free sauce’ which promises to ‘elevate your meal from bland to brilliant’.

Needless to say, people online were a bit shocked about the recommended ‘essentials’.

“Uh oh…my son has just gone off with 3 jars of coffee, 4 packs of Super Noodles, 2 Pot Noodles and a bottle of Nandos peri peri sauce,” one person said.

“This is completely ridiculous. Some students may want to try their hand at creative cooking, but these are #NotEssentials. How about Sunflower oil, salt & pepper, garlic bulb and tomato puree?” another person said.

However, others totally agreed with the list, claiming it’s a good way for students to learn how to cook properly.

“My kids all went away with those…and now my grandchildren ask for extra black olives on their salad,” a woman said.

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