I am having trouble believing that I am writing this, but tonight I am going to go and do some panic shopping. You know…just I case UK ends up crashing out of EU next Friday which is now an entirely realistic scenario.
My main concern is not about food running particularly short in the weeks immediately following the potential hard Brexit, but around certain foods becoming unavailable or overly expensive.
My other personal concern is around the food quality which will follow – one of the key scenarios should the crash happen for the country is US trade deal. And let me just say, without meaning to sound unpleasant, but I decline to sign up for GMO, chlorine-washed chicken, pesticide laden fruit and growth-hormone heavy meats. And before you jump into a keyboard war to defend US farming practices, there is a reason why life expectancy of an average European exceeds that of an American. It’s food and gun laws, I tell you.
Back to the topic though, what foods will I be purchasing? The answer is simple – those produced in Europe, not easily produced in the UK. And here is a quick list of what I am about to start bulk buying:
Canned tomatoes (Italian): chopped tomatoes, passata, tomato puree
Beans and legumes (various origins): kidney beans, chickpeas, water chestnuts, cannellini beans, butter beans
Spices, sauces and ‘flavour enhancers’: Peppercorns, dried thyme, dried rosemary, French mustard, wholegrain mustard, soy sauce, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar
Oils: Olive oil in various forms
Antipasti (canned and jarred): olives, capers, artichokes, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, European hard cheeses
Fish (canned): tuna, sardines, anchovies
Tea (believe it or not, it all comes from abroad in this tea chugging country): loose leaf black (English breakfast and Assam) and green tea
Starches: dried pasta, rice, oats & flour (you can get them grown in the KK, but as said, I’m panic buying!)
Milks: Almond & coconut milk
Sugars: regular sugar and honey
No – I am not preparing for a natural disaster, end of the world or a zombie apocalypse. I am simply preparing for few weeks of inconvenience and few years of uncomfortable negotiations, price hikes and sometimes shortages in the supply chain.
How I am going to find space for all this in the pantry I do not yet know. But it’s ok – I’d rather trip over a pile of food now than regret not stocking up if the UK actually does crash out of the EU in 8 days.
I did my shop and here is the full cost. I am also including a the full list of purchased goods including quantities and prices as a PDF taken directly from my online order.