Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Kitchen essentials, part 3--fridge and freezer foods

Here's my final list!

Essential Fridge and Freezer Foods:
  • celery
  • carrots
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • oranges/tangerines
  • apples
  • berries or grapes
  • whatever other fruits or vegetables we've bought for specific dishes
  • milk (skim and 2% or whole)
  • 3-5 types of cheese (cheddar, colby jack, monterey jack, parmesan, etc.)
  • buttermilk
  • butter
  • pre-packaged minced garlic (so easy)
  • typical condiments
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • bacon or sausage
  • ground beef
  • chicken (whole, parts, breasts, etc.)--we've been really into chicken leg quarters lately because they're cheap
  • water (we love cold water from our Brita pitcher)
  • iced tea and coffee
  • ice
  • frozen vegetables (green beans, peas, corn, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
  • white wine
  • beer
  • vanilla ice cream
  • wonton and/or eggroll wrappers
  • cheese ravioli
We tend to keep the above items as staples and shop around that according to what we need for a certain meal we plan to make. I like to keep a decent amount of frozen produce because 1. it's cheap and 2. it doesn't go bad as quickly. I hate wasting food, so if I can save myself from that fate, I go for it! Plus, frozen vegetables are usually really fresh-tasting and have much more intact nutrients than canned.

Enjoy! :)