Depending on how long it’s been since I’ve been to the grocery store, our refrigerator might either be too full or the contents may be dwindling. However, there are a number of things that you can be fairly certain that you will find if you open it up.
10 Things You’ll (Almost) Always Find in Our Refrigerator
1. Soda – Yeah, I know it’s bad. I would love it if it weren’t the case, but it is. In a world full of vices, this is better than some.
2. Ranch Dressing – Ever since Noah was a little boy, he had a love of ranch dressing. Not only do we pretty much always have some in the refrigerator, but we usually have a bottle or two in our pantry on the shelf where I keep condiments and ingredients that I have extras of. Noah’s preference is for a light ranch dressing, but he’s pretty flexible.
3. Milk – Sometimes we got through it quickly, and sometimes we barely touch it and it goes bad. If I could figure out the rhyme or reason of it, I would be better with my milk shopping. Alas, I have yet to figure it out.
4. Eggs – Essential for some impromptu baking, these are also pretty darn handy for a quick meal of scrambled eggs or egg salad. Of course, at my house, the eggs in the carton are always balanced as much as possible. For example, if I need to take two eggs out of a brand new dozen carton, I’m going to grab from the middle, grabbing ones that are diagonal from one another.
My sister Kristin made fun of me for my egg sorting once when she was at my house because I remarked that I knew someone other than Eric and I grabbed out eggs because they were not arranged in a way that was balanced. I explained the method to her and the reasoning behind it. (That way, when you grab out the carton, they are never unbalanced.) She laughed, but then admitted that when she got home, she couldn’t help herself but to do it too.
5. Cheese – This is perhaps ironic, because I don’t even really like cheese all that much. Yet one third of my pull out middle drawer is just different types cheeses. There’s different types of shredded and sliced cheeses, as well as some spreadable cheese and string cheese. One out of the five of us in our family was born in Wisconsin, and that’s the person least likely to eat cheese. Go figure. (In an unrelated note, this made me realize that while four-fifths of the people in our house were born in Indiana, half of those folks hate corn. Oh well.)
6. Condiment Packets – This is surely a testimony of too many meals from out. They’re handy to have when packing meals for on the go though.
7. Strawberry Jam – I love making homemade strawberry freezer jam in the late Spring, so we pretty much always have some in the refrigerator. If we don’t, there is some in the freezer and that usually means that someone will be sad when they go to grab some and there are only frozen containers. At the moment, the top shelf of my small garage freezer is full of containers of strawberry freezer jam.
8. Chai Tea Latte Mix – Not only do I enjoy a chai tea latte from time to time (especially at a much cheaper price than from out), but it’s pretty fun when I get to offer it up to company. I have had some oohs and ahhs on this drink that I declare tastes “like Christmas.”
9. Reddi-wip – Seriously, why not? Reddi-wip is delicious and adds something special to not only desserts, but also to things like fresh strawberries. I may have even a couple of times filled the hands of a couple of the teenage daughters of a friend whom I sometimes get a little silly with. This stuff is just too good.
10. Butter – Butter is one of those things that I tend to stock up on when it’s on sale. Since I have a preference for Land O’ Lakes butter, if it gets to $2.00 – $2.50 a pound around holidays, I tend to buy many pounds and stick them in the freezer. When a box in the refrigerator is empty, there’s a good chance that I might have another pound in the freezer.
This post is not only this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but it’s also part of iHomeschool Network’s 10 in 10.