Top 5 Things You Should Always Have in Your Fridge


There are certain things that you should always have in the refrigerator, even if you don’t cook every night… or even every week.

But before you start loading the grocery cart based on what I recommend, think about what you like to eat and how much you cook. Having a few basic items on hand makes the task less stressful.

Stocking the fridge is a little different than stocking the pantry— fridge items expire more quickly. If you don’t drink a lot of milk… don’t buy a gallon. Another item to put on the list? Butter, which adds flavor to everything and can be frozen, especially if you see it on sale.

Here’s the basic list for fridge must haves. The list is small, but remember you will be opening pantry items that will need to be refrigerated… and you’ll be buying fresh produce and fish and meat:

To 5 Items You Should Have In Your Fridge

Here’s the list for the freezer:
• Frozen peas
• Frozen Shrimp (buy this when you see it on sale)

If you happen to buy some eclectic item to use in a specific recipe or to gussy up your pu-pu platter when you have a party, find a way to use that item in another recipe. Pizzas and omelets are great conduits for extra things hanging around in the fridge.

But remember, this is your fridge, so if you drink juice… buy juice. Gotta have a glass of wine in the evening? Stash a bottle of white in the fridge so it’s nicely chilled and ready to drink while you make dinner!

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10 thoughts on “Top 5 Things You Should Always Have in Your Fridge

  1. Liz

    Love this! And I always stock up on shrimp when its on sale – mmmm how i LOVE it! But I substitute limes for lemons. My (Latino!) husband has taught me the way of the lime, and now I love it on everything.

  2. Edubyatx

    I laughed out loud when I read this because I keep these exact staples, including even the frozen shrimp! I actually keep cheddar and parmesan because the former tends to be used more for the kids, while the latter is more for the adults.

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I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: