Would you stock up on the suggested Waitrose store cupboard essentials?
It’s September – which means a fresh batch of youngsters will soon be fleeing the nest in the name of their further education.
With universities opening their doors for the 2018 freshers, parents across the nation are busying themselves with last minute preparations.
However, those concerned with how their son or daughter will nourish themselves during term time have been left slightly annoyed (and amused!) by luxury supermarket Waitrose.
The store has released a list of student storecupboard items, containing several products that can hardly be described as loan-friendly.
Suggested cupboard essentials include products such as bouillon, organic vinegar and Moroccan rose chilli paste at more than four quid a jar – not exactly the go-to instant noodles that lined our cupboard at uni.
According to the upmarket retailer, a student kitchen should be prepped with Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder (£2), Aspall organic cyder vinegar (£1.70), Waitrose cooks’ ingredients organic Italian seasoning (£1.89), Belazu Rose Harissa paste (£4.35) and Clearspring organic Tamari soya sauce (£3.15).
Many social media users have shared their thoughts online – and it’s fair to say they’re not planning on loosening the purse strings for some Rose Harissa paste any time soon.
Many have pointed out that students aren’t typically stretching their budgets to the upper-market food store.
In fact, supermarket Sainsbury’s has taken to Twitter to offer their own version of the student store cupboard, which is a Basic’s range mac-and-cheese combo.
However, others have offered an alternative opinion on the controversial advise.
One user has shared that they spent their time at university learning to cook some proper nosh: ‘Fair play to Waitrose for not buying into the ‘students live on toast’ stereotype.’
Another user writes: ‘You’ve made a list of REAL ingredients for people who actually have an interest in cooking and making good food when they’re away at uni.’
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the debate – have Waitrose massively missed the mark, or is it unfair to assume students don’t want to enjoy cooking? Let us know on the GoodtoKnow Facebook page.