But as I went through everything deciding whether I wanted to keep it or toss it (and upon my subsequent trip to Super Target to re-stock the expired stuff) I realized that there are a few things that I absolutely MUST have in my fridge.
So, today I'm posting my Top 5 refrigerator must-haves. Because I'm random. So boom!
1. Cheese. I use cheese all the time. Sharp cheddar, american, mozzarella, parmesan, mexican queso, colby jack, you name it and I've got it. It must be penchant for cooking cheesy ethnic foods like Mexican, Italian and um...American??
2. Smuckers Simply Fruit spread in SEEDLESS Strawberry. Unlike the cheese one, I'm a brand snob when it comes to this stuff. I eat this instead of normal jam/jelly and it's AMAZING. It's sweetened with pectin and fruit juices instead of straight-up sugar so it's better for you too. It's tastes just like my Memaw Pat's strawberry jam. I've even converted the B to liking it.
3. Duke's [Light] Mayonnaise. I'm from the South and we do Duke's. End of story. My sister tried to put some Helman's mess in the buggy (note: if you're from the North, a buggy is a shopping cart) at Target today and I promptly walked right back to the aisle and returned it. Whereupon I realized that Target does NOT CARRY DUKE'S mayonnaise. That is sinful. A trip to the Teeter will remedy that soon.
4. Soy Sauce. I don't eat Asian food really at all, but I love my soy sauce. I almost always use it in my chicken/pork marinades. Mmmmm.
5. Buttery stuff. I only use real butter when I'm baking. My "table" butter is always something that is labeled "buttery spread" or "butter-like" or "tastes like real butter". I know, I know, my idol Paula Deen would be ashamed, but I'm trying to keep it healthy, you know? The last few times I've bought some of this stuff I've purchased Smart Balance buttery spread. I really like the kind that has a Omega-3 oils added to it because those are good for your heart!
What are some of your fridge staples? Perhaps milk and eggs should have made the list, but they aren't always in my fridge. Or, in today's case they aren't always edible and in my fridge, but I digress.