My refrigerator and freezer staples are really pretty basic. I try to buy with the sales on refrigerator items, but you can’t buy too much milk or eggs in advance. It will end up going bad and that is just wasted money. Instead I look for sales on milk. About every other week or so you can find Smart Balance or Silk on sale and with a coupon for about $1 per half gallon and if all else fails I just purchase a gallon of store brand milk. Cheese is also on sale about every week I like to keep shredded mozzarella, a shredded blend and one type of sliced or block cheese.
As you can see below my refrigerator is usually not very full. My freezer on the other hand is pretty full, but organized. The bottom bin is full of breads. Right now I have pita, wraps, tortillas, 2 loafs of bread, and 2 packages of bagels. Breads are great items to buy on sale because they store wonderfully in the freezer. Working up from the bread bin I have all of our meats – ground turkey, sirloin steaks, and chicken breasts. Next shelf is breakfast items; frozen sausage, bacon, and english muffin sandwiches. Up from that is lunch size portions of frozen leftovers and vegetables, and on the top shelf is more frozen leftovers and individual portions of frozen cooked beans.
Below is a list of staples I always try to keep in the refrigerator and freezer
Bacon(4/2/2014: Rarely buy anymore, we don’t eat it)
- Seasonal fresh produce
Sour cream(4/2/2014: Now I just buy plain Greek yogurt)
- Jarred jalapenos
- Soy sauce
- Sriracha sauce
- BBQ sauce
Prepared salad dressings(4/2/2014: Occasionally I buy ranch or Caesar, but most of the time I make my own vinaigrettes)
- Chicken breasts
- Ground turkey/
beef Sirloin steaks(4/2/2014: We don’t eat much beef) Bacon (a backup for fridge bacon)
- Breads (including wraps, bagels, pitas, and at least 1 loaf of bread)
- Frozen vegetables (spinach, peppers and onions, stir fry, broccoli, corn, carrots)
- Extra butter
Use the print button at the bottom of the screen to delete any unnecessary text and print this list to have in your kitchen along with the pantry and spice staple list. With the ad and coupons you can slowly start acquiring all of my essentials.