(Closed) What items do you always have in your fridge/freezer?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Freezer; Hamburg, bread, bananas, chicken, spaghetti sauce, chilli and well… ice cream 🙂 hahaha.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I keep my freezer stocked with italian ice. I eat it in bed every night before I fall asleep! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Freezer: We buy a lot of chicken, put it in freezer bags with like four pieces and freeze it. Normally we have some hamburger meat in the freezer as well. Let’s see: frozen pasta dinners, frozen pizzas, hot pockets, eggos, frozen french fries, frozen veggies, etc, for when we don’t want to cook. 

Fridge: Eggs, yogurt, milk, water, beer, fruit, veggies, cheeses, all kinds of stuff like condiments, sauces, etc, so that when we have a recipe, so don’t have to buy EVERY SINGLE ITEM.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@JenniMichele: Ditto on the frozen meat. I have chicken, pork chops and ground turkey all bagged up and frozen. We buy it in the big packs from Sam’s Club. 

Right now about a dozen sweet potato burritos, a carton of Cupcake ice cream, some frozen garlic bread, a frozen pizza, a couple bags of pizza rolls (DH bought them when he was alone because they were on sale), and a couple of boxes of frozen pierogies. I also have a big (like 5lb) bag of frozen green beans and of corn. I just grab handfuls when I need it.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Waffles.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Freezer: Frozen veggies, usually pizza, ice

Fridge: Eggs, milk, butter, water, assorted condiments, orange juice, tortilla shells (FI is obsessed with breakfast burritos!)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Fridge: Water, milk, eggs, yogurt and fresh fruit & veggies, mayo/condiments

freezer: frozen meat (chicken breast, pork chops, ribs, ground beef, salmon etc.) ice, frozen vegetables and frozen fruit

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Dead rats.

 

Weird? Yes, it’s snake food.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Fridge: coffee creamer, and water

Freezer: Garlic Texas Toast

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Freezer: Frozen veggies. Frozen fruit. Ice pops. Bread.

Fridge: Diet soda. Almond milk. Beer. Raspberry jam. Ketchup. Way too many different kinds of mustard. Tofu or tempeh or seitan. Bag salad. Hummus. Baby carrots. Fiance usually has (roughly) one million cups of fat free yogurt.

I need to go grocery shopping soon… but I try to keep all of those things in there all of the time.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Edamame, peas, bread, butter, meat, ice, Morning Star veggie patties, frozen blackberries, bananas… dead rats (no, I’m kidding, that’s just plain weird).

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

1. Meat: Frozen meat at all times – usually ground pork or ground turkey, occasionally beef. I go as lean as I can to avoid super high fat intake, but I also like ground meats because they’re usually not super expensive and they’re really versatile. I split the packages and put half in the fridge to use right away and then the other half into the freezer for whenever I need it. If you’re a veggie, frozen veg of all kinds – diced, pureed, whole, etc. may come in handy! We usually have sausage of some kind (either for sammiches/grill food or to take out of casing and put into sauces), too. Chicken breasts are in either the fridge/freezer abot 95% of the time because they’re the foolproof standby. We toss them into tacos, grill them straight up, bake into casseroles, or pan fry when dinner’s late and we’re ravenous.

2. “Vehicles”: Since SO is Mexican, we also have tortilla in the house at all times…and they’re super versatile. Wrap, taco, flauta, all delish. They last pretty well when you store in the fridge, too! We occasionally have a half loaf of bread or buns of some kind…but only if they’re on sale.

3. Veg: In the crisper I always have greens of some kind for salad and veg of choice (for us it’s usually bell peppers or carrots). In my experience, you get more bang for your buck when you buy loose or bulk greens (i.e. the head of lettuce or loose spring mix instead of the pre-packaged “salad”).  Frozen veg (the kind that are flash frozen right after picking) are not that bad either, and are usually pretty inexpensive. Or, I would also suggest buying gourd-type veg, like butternut squash and pumpkins…they last FOREVER! I  had one out for at least 2 months and just used it…delish.

4. Random Sundries: In the pantry, we keep the emergency box of mac’n’cheese (99 cents, baby!), rice or some kinda grain (quinoa, cous cous, etc.), a can of soup (either tomato or mushroom) for making quick sauces, and diced tomaters in a can (because you can use them in almost anything). I like to have a liquid for dishes on hand too – something like cheap dry white wine or chicken stock. They will last a long time on the shelf or in the fridge and can really spruce up a lot of dishes.

5. Fats: We always have cheese too, usually parmesan or mozzarella/queso Oaxaca, and yogurt.

6. Fruits: Whatever fruit is on sale that week usually makes an appearance in the fruit bowl, too.

7: The Occasional “Other”: Hummus is versatile, as well (sammich spread, dipping for snacks, etc.), so it’s usually buried in there someplace. It will last for a while after opening as well.

We keep a pretty stocked fridge because SO is like a vacuum cleaner, but I feel like with just a few things (and not all super pricey) that won’t all expire at the same time you can definitely come up with a bunch of combinations. My best advice is to mix fresh/frozen, re-use leftovers creatively, shop sales when possible, and always have those little inexpensive things that can make dinner just-so (even if it’s that once in a while box of good old mac).

 

(Just as an afterthought…E.g. If you grab ground turkey, buns, chicken breasts, lettuce, veg, tomato sauce, pasta, and rice, I can think of:

ground turkey (either in meatballs or added to sauce) + tomato sauce + pasta, season to taste

grilled bok bok + veg + lettuce for a grilled chick salad

leftover chicken + veg + rice or pasta stir fried

ground turkey burgers + buns + veg + lettuce

grilled chick + veg + lettuce + buns

ground gobbler + tomato sauce + rice + veg (peppers) = stuffed peppers

plain old pasta with sauce + salad on the side

chicken + lettuce + veg (maybe with a spread of choice) + bun = panini (smoosh it on the stove top with a heavy pan on top of the sammich)

And so on…)

Hope this helps, even a teeny bit!!

Oh, and sorry for writing a book…I’m overtired and waiting for SO to get back from out of town, so the logorrhea is on full-force tonight!

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Waffles, veggies, meats (ground beef, steak, pork chops), frozen fruit (to make some bombdigity smoothies), a frozen pizza, klolondike heath bars for Fiance, skinny cow cookies and cream ice cream sammiches for me 🙂

 ETA: totally left out the fridge part.

Too much stuff to list in there. But the most important thing? Beer.

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