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Refrigerator and Freezer Staples + FREE Checklist

There are some food items that should always be in your refrigerator and freezer to make meals quick and easy. Get your FREE checklist of refrigerator and freezer staples.

Last week we talked about the staple foods for a well-stocked pantry. Now let’s discuss those refrigerator and freezer staples. Since most of the cold foods 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.

Or, this is a great list for when you move. Sometimes we can take those pantry items with us, but it’s difficult to move cold foods. Use the refrigerator and freezer staples checklist to stock up again once you get in your new home.

Originally Published On: May 3, 2018

Last Updated On: March 13, 2020

List of Refrigerator and Freezer Staples


  • 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

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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.

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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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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