The Perfect Pantry's fridge, freezer and fresh: 73 essential ingredients
As part of the celebration of the three-year anniversary of The Perfect Pantry, I've been sharing the inventory of all of the ingredients in my pantry.
Finally, here are the pantry items I keep in my refrigerator and freezer, plus a few fresh items you'll always find sitting in bowls on the counter.
Once again, I hope you'll suggest items that should be in my pantry, with some ideas for how to use them. I'm always looking for my next favorite ingredient, for new dishes to try and new flavors to love. On Sunday, I'll publish the list of what's missing from The Perfect Pantry, and I promise that many of those items will find their way here in the year ahead.
THE PERFECT PANTRY'S REFRIGERATOR, FREEZER, AND COUNTER TOP
The 73 frozen, fresh, and refrigerated ingredients in my pantry today
Some items don't need to be refrigerated until they're opened, but if the fridge is where they spend the most time, they're on this list. And for five months of the year, I definitely put my entire herb garden on the list of fresh ingredients that are a must-have. Items marked with an asterisk are ones I consider fundamental, if you're just starting to build your pantry or have limited storage space. To find more recipes using each ingredient, use the search box at the top of this page. [Note: to print this post without sidebars, hit "print" on your keyboard. To print just the list, cut and paste into a Word document.]
In the fridge:
*Butter: lightly salted and unsalted
*Cheese: feta, parmigiano-reggiano, and assorted others
Chile sauce, sriracha and sambal oelek
*Chili paste with garlic
Chinese egg noodles
Garlic, minced, in a jar
Jam, apricot or marmalade
*Miracle Whip (essential for my pantry)
Mushroom soy sauce
*Mustard, Dijon and assorted others
*Soy sauce: reduced-sodium, dark, mushroom
*Tomato paste in a tube
In the freezer:
*Chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
Chicken stock, homemade
Sausage, beef hot links and chicken
Plus fresh herbs from the garden. This year: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; Genovese and Thai basil; lemon thyme and carraway thyme; tarragon; dill; bronze fennel; cilantro; chives and garlic chives; horseradish; anise hyssop; lovage; spearmint and chocolate mint.
What's missing? What's in your fridge or freezer, or fresh on your counter top, that isn't on this list?