Fridge Freezer Essentials

Here’s a list of essentials that you will find in my fridge and freezer every week without fail.  

I keep quite a few ‘pre-prepared’ items in my freezer which might surprise you! I find that when life is busy, what is wrong with using a few timesavers?  A couple of handfuls of frozen onion to start off a risotto on a busy weeknight is not only super-fast, but there’s less mess too. Dismiss at your peril!

With the rise of convenience stores over the last 10 years I tend not to keep as much meat or fish in my freezer like I used to.  I buy what I need for the week ahead or I just pick it up on my way home.

My Fridge Essentials

  • Butter
  • Cremé fraiche
  • Natural Greek yoghurt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Feta cheese (great as it lasts ages)
  • Eggs
  • Lemons (Tip – Lemons last a good couple of weeks in the fridge – just warm for 20 seconds in a moderate microwave if you’re going to juice them for lots more juice!)

My Freezer Essentials

  • Frozen garlic, ginger & chilli.
  • Chopped soft herbs – parsley and basil.
  • Chopped onions – A perfect base for risottos, soups and casseroles.
  • Bolognaise/base mix – A mixture of finely chopped onion, celery and carrots and is available in most larger supermarkets.
  • Peas – who doesn’t have frozen peas?
  • Mashed potato – fantastic for mash in a hurry, or topping fish or shepherd’s pies.
  • Grated cheddar cheese – quick for adding to sauces, mash and topping pasta bakes.
  • Frozen king prawns, raw or cooked is fine.
  • Rolled puff pastry – creates an impressive savoury or sweet tart.
  • Ciabatta – delicious pizza slices or the yummiest croutons for soups or salads.

Fridge Freezer Safety

For details of how long food is safe in your fridge freezer, the article may be useful.

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