14 Foods that Should Always Be in Your Fridge

You open the fridge and realize you only have half a tomato and a lemon. What do I make for dinner now? If you don't want this to happen, it's important that you do your shopping with a little more forethought and organization.
14 Foods that Should Always Be in Your Fridge

Last update: 25 July, 2022

Pay attention to the following article, where you will discover a fantastic list of foods that should always be in your fridge.

What items should always be in your fridge?

If you’re heading to the market soon, make a list of the items you should purchase using these suggestions as a basis:


The exact thing that was left in your fridge the last time you opened it. This citrus fruit brings its beneficial properties but also its flavor to many different dishes.

If you’re thirsty, a nice lemonade with water, sugar and ice will hit the spot. As for your food, you can use a little lemon with fish, as a marinade and in your salads. It is the perfect ingredient to help you leave out salt.

Cilantro (Coriander)

This is from the same family as parsley, so you can use whichever is easier to find. This spice, which is often used in sauces, stews, and chicken dishes, brings an excellent taste to vegetable and meat plates as well. It is always best to have it fresh and to cut it just before using.



You can buy it or make it yourself. If you make it yourself, remember that you cannot store it for too many days. Mayonnaise contains a lot of vitamin E and is used in thousands of recipes, from a sandwich to a piece of meat, from potato or egg salad to a serving of turkey. Let it add flavor to your favorite foods.


Mustard is another condiment that should always be in your fridge and that you can make yourself (with the seeds) or purchase already made. Some brands even offer it combined with different herbs. It is perfect as a dressing for green salads, sandwiches, vegetables, red meats, cold meats and sausages.


It is the base of many recipes with flour and, in some cases, to spread on breakfast toast. Butter is so versatile that you can use it both in sweet and salty dishes, raw or cooked, cold or hot.

Stick of butter


There are many types of cheese, therefore, you can choose the one that is most liked in your house. White cheese, for example, can be used for snacks or cakes. Mozzarella cheese is used for pizzas, cream cheese is used to fill pies and cakes.

There are also cheeses that are used specifically for desserts, such as mascarpone or ricotta. Grated cheese adds a lot of flavor to dishes such as soups, stews and pasta.


They can save your day. A few eggs cooked with salt and oregano will curb your hunger until you return from the market. You can also use them to make cakes, pastries, desserts… If you want, you can fry, boil, beat or combine them with many other ingredients.

Thick-skinned fruit

Bananas, apples, and avocados are all part of this group. They’re great because you can keep them in the fridge for several days and they take away your hunger pains. You can eat them raw and they’re perfect for satisfying our appetite until dinnertime. Furthermore, they’re a healthy alternative for children.



Some people potatoes in the fridge to preserve them for longer. Grandmothers tell us that they should never be missing from a house. If we had to choose one food that could help you in the bigger number of ways, potatoes would win the prize.

You can make mashed potatoes, an omelet, French fries, a salad with potato and egg (another essential, according to grandmothers), creamed or with octopus, olive oil and paprika.

Onion and garlic

Although by themselves onions and garlic have many applications in salads, they can also help you spice up any other meal. The blandest pasta and oil dish becomes a gourmet dish thanks to these two ingredients. Not to mention the huge list of benefits they have for your health.


Along with cheese, it can make the best tasting sandwich in history. A little bit of serrano ham as a snack can be a delicacy of the gods. If you cut it into little cubes and sauté it with olive oil and a little, toasted bread, you can eat something very delicious and healthy before dinner.

Serrano ham roll

Dairy products

We have already mentioned butter and cheese. But don’t forget about milk and yogurt. These are complete foods you can eat by themselves (if you like them plain).

In the case of milk, you can use it both in sweet and salty dishes. Or for a delicious milk coffee in the mornings. We recommend storing them in glass bottles in order to preserve their flavor. Keep an eye on the expiration date as well.


Another dairy product of which we could do an entirely separate article. Sour cream, half-and-half or whole cream can be used in diverse preparations, according to the needs, in sweet or salty dishes. Returning to the example of a plate of pasta, try eating pasta with a little bit of cream on top: you will not regret it.

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The best part of this vegetable is that you can keep it in the fridge for several days. One tip to help preserve them longer is to leave them in the plastic bag they came in and put them in the vegetable tray. You can eat them both raw and cooked, and they will help satisfy your hunger. Whether grated, diced, sliced or stuffed, carrots are delicious.

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