There are certain things that you should always have in the refrigerator... even if you don't cook every night.
Wait. Before you load the grocery cart, think about what you like to eat and how much time you spend in the kitchen. 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.
Why eggs? Because you can eat them at any meal in a variety of ways.
Why milk? Because you'll use it your cereal, in sauces and in soups.
Why butter? Because fat is flavor and you'll use it to sauté, in sauces and as a spread. Why lemons? Because it brightens any dish and is a great topper for veggies and salads. Why cheese? The answer is obvious: it's cheese.
Here’s the list for the freezer: • Frozen peas • Frozen Shrimp (buy this when you see it on sale).
If you happen to buy something special to use in a specific recipe or to gussy up your party's pu-pu platter, find a way to use that item in another recipe. Pizzas and omelets are always a bit more exciting when you add deliciously unexpected ingredients.
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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