5 home cooking tips for the Brexit kitchen What will the Brexit home kitchen larder look like? It’s a question many Brexiteers probably haven’t bothered to give much thought to. Food critic Jay Rayner has written eloquently and brilliantly for The Observer on the perils of a no-deal Brexit on Britain’s food supply . It makes a sobering read. Two years into Brexit negotiations and we’re still unclear as to the impact Brexit will have on food supply. There’s been talk of chlorinated chicken reaching our shores from the US. Will it happen? If Brexit negotiations lead to us crashing out of the EU without a trade deal, WTO rules will apply . The upshot is food will get dearer, standards will fall, the movement of food will be slow. Bulk importing of chlorinated chicken from the US is entirely possible. A statement by the National Union of Farmers (NFU) last year said ‘if Britain took a ‘cliff edge departure’ from the European Union, leaving us without imports, come Sunday our national larders would be empty . As Jay Rayner reminds us, “during the early 1990s Britain’s self-sufficiency in food reached its highest in modern times. We were producing just over 70% of all the food we were eating. Since then the story has been one only of decline. We now produce 60%, but because of exports only about 50% of the food we eat is actually produced here.” In an interview with The Guardian, President of the NFU, Meurig Raymond, offers the same sentiment about Brexit, saying “The two main responsibilities of any government are to defend its people and feed its people. We are already among the least self-sufficient countries in Europe and dropping to below 50% would be a very insecure position to be in.” Rayner goes as far to say that as Brexit is implicated in every aspect of our food supply chain it risks imperilling the health of the nation. So, how should the home cook prepare for Brexit and beyond? 1. Address your kitchen storage space If there’s the remotest possibility we could come under the cosh in terms of food availability, it makes perfect sense to review the food storage capacity in your kitchen NOW. As experts in bespoke kitchen solutions, Halcyon Interiors are one of many UK kitchen specialists that are well placed to offer advice on clever kitchen organisation. For more information on how to improve your kitchen storage visit their website here . So, let look at 5 steps to maximising kitchen storage space. • Declutter first - there are more kitchen appliances and utensils and out-of-date food than you think lurking at the back of your kitchen cupboards. Get rid of anything you no longer use and any food that is past its best. • Install a pot rack to free up a cupboard for food storage. • Upsize storage containers - glass jars, such as these 3 litre measure and store jar sets by Kilner are fab for storing all manner of dried ingredients from flour to oats, seeds and dried pulses. • Rethink all of your nooks and crannies. A shelf above the window is handy for some of the kitchen items you use less often. Glass shelves underneath wall cabinets can be used to store glassware without making the kitchen look cluttered. • Don’t limit storage to within arms’ reach. Adding high cupboards and a sliding ladder will give you more storage space for the additional food you are about to stock pile. 2. Sensible food buys to get in now There’s no need to stock pile stacks of food. We’re not about to reach armageddon! But if you are partial to some of the everyday store cupboard produce we currently get from the EU, you might just want to get some extra in, just in case. The Guardian’s report on what food to stockpile if we get a no-deal Brexit includes the following: olive oil, pepper, pasta, rice, spices, chilli, herbs, plus tinned anchovies, sardines and tuna, olives, pickled capers, jarred peppers, and tomatoes (paste, passata and tinned), as well as canned and dried pulses. 3. Grow your own Growing your own vegetables is a really good idea and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Even with limited outside space, you can successfully grow vegetables, fruit and salad in tubs. Don’t have a clue where to start? Check out this guide on the top 10 easy to grow veg, fruit and salad seeds and plants for beginners. 4. Support local farmers and choose British Brexit presents an opportunity to mend the nation’s relationship with food , farming and the countryside”, says Soil Association’s Dr Tom MacMillan. He argues Brexit offers the chance to invest in the UK’s farming through agroforestry, soil stewardship, organic farming and truly decent standards of animal welfare. The public can play a role by buying British and supporting local farmers who are producing food in a sustainable and responsible way. 5. Make your own It could be time to up your game in the kitchen. There’s a whole gamut of tasty foods you can make at home and add to your store cupboard from jams, chutneys and pickles to wine and beer. I leave you with one positive thought on the Brexit food conundrum. With ultra-processed products forming half of all UK family food purchases , a blip in the food supply chain could shock us into appreciating where our food comes from and becoming a healthier nation. About the Author: Dakota Murphey enjoys sharing her experiences of living a healthy lifestyle through her blog posts. Working as a freelance writer for a multitude of different industries, when she's not writing or cooking up a storm in her kitchen she enjoys hiking and countryside walks with her family.