What items do you always have in your refrigerator & pantry?

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  1. I always find it interesting to look in people's refrigerators.

    So what are the staples you stock regardless of season?

    Here are mine:

    Refrigerator - bottled water, champagne, milk, cheese(s) of some sort, butter, sour cream, yogurt, Red Bull, all fruit strawberry jam

    Freezer - coffee beans, gelato from our local place, Stouffer's mac & cheese, Trader Joe's cheese enchiladas, skinless chicken breasts, vodka

    Pantry - pasta, rice, bread, chicken stock, various oils, crackers, tortilla chips, nuts, canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, loads of condiments, sriracha, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chocolate, dulce de leche, flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, maple syrup, honey, sugar, salt, kosher salt, sea salt, black peppercorns, chickpeas, lentils, an assortment of tea bags, oatmeal, peanut butter, a million spices & dried herbs

    This is a serious improvement since college when my refrigerator only housed champagne, leftovers & a cooling mask for my eyes.
  2. I share your curiosity for what's in other people's refrigerators. I have most of the same items in my house as well.

    Refrigerator: water, milk, butter, yogurt, cheese, some sort of fruit, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, olives

    Freezer: Trader Joe's mac & cheese, chicken breast, frozen veggies, waffles

    Pantry: pasta, rice, bread, chicken stock, chips, nuts, canned tomatoes, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, everything for baking (flours, powder, etc) beans, lentils, tea, crackers, cereals & cookies

    I always worry what to serve if I get an unexpected guest!
  3. Fridge: Water, milk, deli meat (usually peppered turkey), lots of fresh fruit, salad dressing, stone ground mustard, white cheddar cheese, jam, onions, green peppers

    Freezer: large bag of frozen chicken tenders (not breaded), edamame, waffles, skinny cow ice cream, popsicles

    Pantry: Special K w/ strawberries cereal, Special K cereal bars, whole grain bread, Tazo tea, canned kidney beans, chicken stock, honey, saltines, canned mandarin oranges, orzo pasta, white rice, rice cakes, kettle chips, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil
  4. Refrigerator - milk, some kind of cheese, butter, sour cream, yogurt, blueberry jelly, salad stuff (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.), green olives!!

    Freezer - skinless boneless chicken breasts, annies spinach pizza, frozen dumplings bought in chinatown, blueberry waffles

    Pantry - pasta, rice, couscous, whole wheat bread, chicken stock, olive oil, flour, baking powder, honey, sugar, salt, kosher salt, peanut butter, matzoh ball soup mix, hot chocolate mix, assorted spices and herbs, honey nut cheerios, 100 calorie snack packs,
  5. I'm surprised no one has said eggs!

    Fridge: milk, eggs, deli meat, cheese, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, water, Juice, cream cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, butter, onions, and leftovers

    Freezer: Ice cream, Popsicle, ground beef, chicken breast, frozen veggies, CPK frozen pizza, ICE

    Pantry: pasta, mac&cheese, bread, bagel, crackers, chips, cereal, baking stuff, more water, soupita mix, oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, Asian dry noodles
  6. LOL! Sounds like my college refrigerator ;)

    Right now in the fridge, I have (I REALLY need to go grocery shopping)...

    spinach, perdue already cooked chicken chunks (for salads), grape tomatoes, red onion, green pepper, kalamata olives, low fat mayo, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, south beach diet whole grain tortillas, pepperidge farm light oatmeal bread, cream cheese and vanilla funfetti frosting, onion bagels, veggie cream cheese, butter, low fat colby jack cheese sticks, natural peanut butter, water, sugar free red bull, GU endurance gel packs, ocean spray light grapefruit juice and a bottle of chardonnay.


    morningstar farms spicy black bean burgers, boca burgers. LOL, I think that's it!


    snack packs of peanut butter cracker sandwiches, old fashioned oatmeal, vanilla whey protein powder, a box of zone bars, box of splenda, two boxes of rice a roni, box of rice krispies
  7. #7 Jan 27, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
    Fridge: eggs, cheese, water, milk, yogurt, soy, jam, green onions, regular onions, tomatoes, salad mix, juice, chicken breasts or thighs, white wine (for cooking!), fresh pasta, chicken broth

    Freezer: frozen berries, a couple of ready-made dinners, ice cream

    Pantry: baking supplies, canned soup, pasta, wild rice, honey, PB, whole grain bread, English muffins, Special K vanilla & almond, granola bars, healthy-ish snacks, oatmeal, cream of wheat, whey protein powder, Earl Grey tea, cane sugar, olive oil & balsamic vinegar

    I try to keep my kitchen stocked with these basic items at all times. In fact, I generally eat a combination of these things on a daily basis anyway. I can eat cereal for dinner, seriously.
  8. I'm pretty basic too.

    Fridge: Milk, eggs, some type of veggies and fruit, cheese, hummus

    Pantry: Baking supplies, spices, rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, Triscuits, and soup for crockpot cooking (hate canned soup alone)

    Freezer- chicken, ground turkey, frozen veggies and usually some sort of beef that can be grilled or cooked in the crockpot
  9. Fridge: orange juice, cranberry juice, whole milk, heavy cream, brita filter, baby carrots, eggs, parmesan cheese, baby spinach, garlic, apples (two kinds, fuji for me and granny smith for SO), lemons, butter, sliced turkey, sliced cheese, salted almonds, onions, bell peppers, thyme, mayo, mustard, raspberry preserves, and an assortment of french cheeses

    Freezer: frozen veggies and fruit, toasted pine nuts, tortellini or ravioli, parbaked sandwich rolls, a hunk of fudge my grandma sent me several months before she died that I just can't bring myself to throw out (this is a trait I inherited directly from her, after she died my mom found a SEVEN year old block of cheese in her freezer!), usually some bacon or other meat

    Pantry: rice: arborio, basmati, and brown, quinoa, macaroni, penne, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chickpeas, black beans, granola bars, chocolate, all sorts of baking supplies and spices, peanut butter, tea: black, green, peppermint, chammomile, coffee

    I like to keep the house well stocked so I can always whip something up to eat, but I don't keep a lot of snacks.
  10. I don't need to have anything, but what I normally have is 8 variants of mustard, one bottle ketchup, one jar mayo. And 50 bottles of nail polish. :Push:
  11. #11 Jan 28, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
    Well, this is not comprehensive of what I have currently, but I always am sure to have the following:

    Fridge: milk, orange juice, eggs, butter, jams, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, pickles, sandwich meat and cheese, soy sauce, better than boullion in beef and chicken, variety of veggies, seasonal fruit.

    Freezer: frozen chicken breasts, frozen pork loin, frozen 'fresh' dill, coffee, frozen peas, corn, ice cream, and I always have some frozen food that I have prepared before and stored for emergency meals.

    Panty: whole wheat flour, bread flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, semolina flour, powdered sugar, barilla plus pasta, almonds, walnuts, brown rice, oatmeal, cereal bars, cereal, peanut butter, canned tomato products, tea, a huge assortment of spices, sparkling water out on the counter/other places - garlic, wine.

    If ANY of these things are missing, I make sure to buy more.
  12. Fridge: Milk, yogurt, different cheese, dijon, carrots, celery, lettuce, arugula,eggs, apples, strawberries, fruit juice, Pepsi, Cherry Coke, creme fraiche, sour cream, butter, clotted cream.

    Freezer: Chicken drumsticks, thighs, breasts,porkchops, pork tenderloin, filet mignon, peas, frozen basil,parsley,dill, pie crusts, ground turkey, ground beef.

    Pantry: Vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock, tons and tons of herbs and spices, flour, Olive Oil, various pastas, brown sugar, peanut butter, preserves, tea, coffee, cereal.

    pretty sure I'm missing a few things, but that is the majority of the things
  13. Hmmm...well we are always well stocked on just about everything, especially pantry items because I like to buy on sale, especially thing like soup and cereals which last along time and you can get them for about a buck on sale, but cost about 3.50 (soup) and 4.50 (cereal) when not on sale.

    So beyond the basics, here are some of the more unusual items:

    Fridge: roasted garlic & mirepoix (I like to keep both of these ready to go, so even the boys can add them to noodles, rice, etc for a quick snack or meal), almost always some home made pudding (the boys love it and I make it without a lot of sugar, so it's a pretty healthy snack)...and I LOVE cheese, so to my hubby's chagrin, there are usually at least 6 kinds of cheese (sometimes more, if I have recently made a trek to whole foods).

    Freezer: Stock 'ice cubes' (when ever I make stock, I freeze in ice cube trays and then pop the cubes in a freezer bag...easy to portion out the way), coffee 'ice cubes' (I do the same for coffee, so I can make 'frappacinos' in a snap), a bunch of stuff from Trader Joes (pastas, pizzas, fried rice, pot stickers, chow mein, chicken), pie crusts (for quiche rather than for pie).

    Pantry: As mentioned, tons of cereal (right now 16 boxes), tons of soup (right now over 30 cans), roasted peppers, canned shrimp and crab (for quick salads, dips, quiche), hormel ready meals (they kids love them as after school snacks).
  14. Fridge: Fat-free milk, eggs, OJ, fat-free half & half, bag salads (all kinds), Perdue short cuts, ready cook bacon, mini babybonbel cheese, mozzarella string cheese, shredded taco cheese, grape jam (for DS's lunch), butter, jar of roasted red peppers, salad dressings, applesauce, baby carrots, yogurt, cream cheese, hummus, babaganoush, whole wheat tortillas, apples, broccoli, baby bella mushrooms, flat leaf parsley, carrots, celery, peppers, salsa.......just to name a few:P

    Freezer: Frozen Yogurt, Popsicles, veggies, grilled chicken strips, shrimp, Pizza, spinach-chicken patties & various chicken sausages from Trader Joe's, meats, Lean Cuisine & Smart Ones entrees, Garlic Bread, Pancakes, Waffles (kid's breakfast), Hot & Lean Pockets, bagels, pot stickers

    Pantry: Whole Wheat Flour, All purpose flour, sugar, bran, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, all types of baking chocolates (I'm an avid baker), powdered sugar, etc., Chicken stock, beef stock, corn, Campbell's chicken noodle soup (kid's favorite), all shapes of Pasta imaginable, Francesco Rinaldi Meat Sauce, Cannellini beans, Chef boy-ar-dee (another kid's fav), wheat bread, multi-grain english muffins, all types of breakfast cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, granola, triscuits, wheat thins, peanut butter, whole wheat pita, Lipton tea bags, equal, Bisquick, cooking spray, trail mix......

    Oh my, the list is enormous and it's still not complete, but it's what I always have on hand.:Push:
  15. Refrigerator - milk, yoghurt, cheese, things to put on my sandwhich (for example: sandwhichspread), eggs, tomatoes and stuff like that, butter, juices, sauces etc.

    Freezer - Meet for the whole week, french fries and things like that.

    Pantry - Bread, vegies, flour, pasta, beans, crackers, cookies, olive oil, spices, cereal, tea, coffee, chocolatemilkpowder, rice and so on.