Fridge Freezer Essentials

Here’s a list of essentials that you will always find in my fridge and freezer.

You may be quite surprised to see that I keep quite a few ‘pre-prepared’ items in my freezer! There is nothing wrong with using a few timesaving ingredients when you are busy.  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 as I used to.  I now buy what I need for the week ahead or I just pick it up fresh on my way home from work.

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

  • 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.
  • Frozen garlic, ginger & chilli.
  • Chopped soft herbs – parsley and basil.
  • 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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