Refrigerator & Freezer Staples

Refrigerator and Freezer Staples + FREE Checklist

Last week we talked about the staple foods for a well-stocked pantry, so now let’s discuss those foods that go in the refrigerator and freezer. Since most of the foods in the refrigerator and freezer are ones that don’t keep as long as pantry items, the list is smaller.

Similar to the pantry checklist, this list assumes you are starting with an empty refrigerator, or just getting started cooking. This list doesn’t cover everything but does have most of the basics. These are the items that I automatically purchase as soon as I am low or out because they are used so often.


  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Jam
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
  • Cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, feta, etc.)


  • Frozen Fruit
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Meat, Poultry, Fish

Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking I have these items when I don’t, then get in trouble when it comes to making a meal. I will say I am the worst at making sure I have enough sour cream, for whatever reason, I just always assume it’s in there.

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Just like with the pantry items, you want to make sure that you are storing your food properly and in airtight containers. There are a lot of options out there that are made of plastic, but we are trying to really cut down on the amount of plastic and waste that comes into the house. I’ve been using glass jars for storage for a few months now, and it works just as well. A few of the containers are ones I purchased if I need a specific size, but most of the jars I use are cleaned out from sauces and other foods that come in glass.

Obviously, since it’s made of glass, it can break easier, but it’s much more environmentally friendly and will last a lot longer as well. Please consider helping our beautiful Earth and the oceans by opting for glass containers over plastic.

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Refrigerator & Freezer Staples

12 thoughts on “Refrigerator and Freezer Staples + FREE Checklist”

  1. I do a bunch of freezing. Always good to know what can be kept in the refrigerator or the freezer. I try to always use glass.

  2. Tonya Michelle

    I am trying to switch to using/buying glass containers over plastic as well. I’ve been hearing so many bad things about plastic lately. Like you shouldn’t heat things up in plastic in the microwave and plastic water bottles left in the sun or hot car you shouldn’t drink…

  3. The ones on your list are like the basic fundamental fridge essentials and we always make sure we have those stocked! Things go haywire when we dont 😀

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