… last year I had an enjoyable time sharing my top 10 store cupboard ingredients. It was actually a cathartic experience and one I know made many of you think about your ‘can’t-live-without’ items… this year the good people at Beko, who make a wide range of superior fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers have asked me to name the top 5 things in the fridge that I simply must have… besides milk and butter, we all have those essential items in the fridge we can’t live without, the kind of things we grab when all else fails and you realise that with these items you could rule the world… or at least knock up a delicious meal without having to leave the house. They’re also the first items I would purchase and stock a new fridge with or a fridge in a new or holiday home. They make me feel confident that at least one thing in life is covered and should the hoards descend or the zombie apocalypse finally happen, things will be OK…
… so, without further ado here are the top 5 things in my fridge I can’t live without…
I never used to be a big fan but The Viking is a coffee fiend and I guess it just rubbed off on me. I think if we were stranded on a desert island this would be the number one luxury item we couldn’t live without. It’s a total addiction and whilst I don’t consider myself to be a fresh coffee snob I have most definitely not drunk instant coffee for close to 10 years… Like all fresh products it needs to be kept in the fridge. I’m not really a brand queen when it comes to coffee and who needs to be when you can purchase the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference, Fairtrade Columbian and the Co-opertive Fair-trade Ethiopian which are both very good indeed.
TOTAL Greek Yoghurt
There is only one Greek Yoghurt and that is TOTAL made by Fage. They do a few different varieties and i’m not fussy. This moth i’m all about the 0% which is perfection. I use it in so many things from scones to sauces to soups to smoothies to just eating it directly from the tub. It feels like a treat because it’s so thick and luscious and it peps up so many dishes yet I can also serve it alongside a slice of chocolate cake and it feels so sophisticated. I guess I could live without it but i’d be a very grumpy boy.
Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisturiser
bit of a tough call between this and cheese but cheese is such a large category and I can’t really rub cheese on my face for younger-looking skin. Ever since my good friend and ex-model Jenny told me that she keeps much of her beauty regime in the fridge i’ve been doing the same with my moisturiser. I don’t know entirely how true it is but I believe it lasts longer and there’s nothing better than applying a cool cream to your face in the morning… this Total Moisturiser by Benefit is truly brilliant and yes, I do work for them but I still choose to buy the stuff myself because I know results when I see them. Many people are un-aware they even do a skincare range but this stuff has one numerous awards. It’s super-thick and in fact I don’t use it every day so keeping it in the fridge extends its shelf life for sure.
of course no Belleau Kitchen Top 5 would be complete without the chicken thighs… I haven’t always been cooking with them but since I discovered how inexpensive and tasty they were about a decade and a half ago i’ve never looked back. Chicken thighs are simply heavenly. They have an incredible balance of meat to fat ratio that’s not really found anywhere else on the bird and therefore take a long slow roast really well. They impart their gorgeous juices into any veg that you cook them with and you can serve up a pretty impressive, filling and tasty one-pot meal with very few ingredients in the house. All the major supermarkets sell them in packs and they really are so cheap you can afford to buy the best quality free-range chicken, so no excuses… make sure they’re skin-on and bone-in for extra flavour… and of course I have over 25 chicken thigh recipes on my blog!
Free-range Eggs – large
… I love eggs. One of my favourite simple pleasures is a fried egg on toast, the white a little crispy at the edges and the yolk firm yet just runny enough to ooze its golden gloriousness all over the buttered toast and probably my chin. Like all food eaten in moderation eggs are good for you. Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy – they are a natural source of many nutrients including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals, plus a medium egg contains less than 70 calories which is a win win if you ask me. Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus. I’m loving the gorgeous Happy Egg Co eggs at the moment as they believe in the welfare of those chickens and of course a nice cosy farm-life means tasty eggs…
fyi i’ve not included cheese in this list as quite frankly that would take up the entire list and deserves it’s own list… it’s own post… oh heck, it deserves a dedicated blog… you get the point…
and there you have it… I wonder what your top 5 fridge essentials are?
… oh and fyi to any PR people out there who are developing ideas to work with food bloggers. The above post is not usually the kind of thing that would appear on Belleau Kitchen but I chose to take part in the campaign purely because the email I received from the PR agency was one of the most genuine and honest emails i’d ever received. The sender didn’t patronise me by telling me they were fans of my blog, they introduced themselves and got straight to the point. A point that made sense and had genuine synergy with the blog of someone who likes food. They also offered me a voucher for a decent high-street department store with a pretty nice monetary value that felt like they’d actually planned their budgets properly and been honest to their clients…
eat and of course, enjoy!
Sally Sellwood says
I love LOVE your note to the PRs out there – I don't get that many 'offers'/approaches, but after receiving another “Dear author, We found your blog very interesting. We would like to offer you to test ” email, frankly, it makes me want to scream… Good list. You use far more classy moisturiser than I – maybe I'd get better results if I kept my cheap stuff in the fridge. I'd have to have chorizo on my list – and cheese (all cheese).
belleau kitchen says
thanks Sally… i don't usually mention PR but I was so impressed as like you, most of them make me want to be violent!… yes to cheese but as I say, that's a whole other post!
Jane Willis says
Wow, you found a gem of a PR there! I'm still getting the “I'm a big fan of your blog” emails about the Grapevine blog which, if they were real fans, they'd have noticed was last updated over 7 months ago. Anyway, on to my top 5.
Milk – can't live without tea, and it has to have skimmed milk in it.
Lemons – used in so many dishes of all kinds, and also in tea if the milk runs out.
Parmesan and Cheddar – well, all cheese really, but those two are vital ingredients for so many things
Butter – I prefer my fat to come from a cow rather than from a lab
Carrots – because I start to develop a nervous tic if I'm in danger of running out of them (not as badly as with onions, but I don't keep onions in the fridge)
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From the Kitchen says
Yogurt, chicken thighs and free-range eggs-check! Coffee? We drink a lot of coffee and purchase whole beans and grind as we use so we don't refrigerate. Hmmm, moisturizer? O.K., I'm game. Into the refrigerator with it. I can use all the help I can get.
belleau kitchen says
oh go on… pop it into the fridge and see the results!
belleau kitchen says
I know!!!… I think we have to take things like milk, butter and cheese as a given… but agree about the carrots, they're always in there!
My top 5 are: Ravioli, Milk, Cheese, Egg and…a bottle of Prosecco 🙂
My top 5, if we're taking milk, butter and cheese as a given, are eggs, chorizo, full fat yogurt, mayonnaise and goose (or duck) fat.
I definitely have to agree on the eggs & yogurt, although I no longer keep my eggs in the fridge so couldn't include them. Love the not to the PR & agree on that too!
belleau kitchen says
ahh yes, prosecco, of course!
belleau kitchen says
chorizo is a popular choice and is like a meat and a herb in one… I had considered putting mayo on the list too!
belleau kitchen says
Thanks… I know, i'm still very much in the 'eggs in the fridge' camp but what can you do!
Choclette Blogger says
Yo Dom, you tell em ????
I've never kept my eggs in the fridge, so couldn't include those, but yoghurt is a must as is cheddar cheese, mayo, open jar of chutney (mine of course) and lettuce.
Tricia Buice says
I adore yogurt, especially Fage – and eggs, you know I love eggs and cheese and vegetables! Nice post 🙂
Magnolia Verandah says
Mmmmmmmmmm….. all the usuals – but I also like to have bacon, tomatoes, tomato paste coconut oil and yes carrots!
Cheryl Pasquier says
There's something pleasingly voyeuristic about looking in other people's fridges and yours always looks so neat and tidy ! I always thought keeping coffee in the the fridge was a huge no-no because of the moisture, changes in temperature when you keep opening the door and the fact that it absorbs smells from all the other foodie stuff in there ? Maybe it's as divisive as the eggs though !
Karen S Booth says
EXCELLENT post and a good tip about keeping skincare in the fridge too! Karen
Mark Willis says
She forgot to mention the wine…
Charlene F says
Lol, I love your last paragraph 🙂 x
Susan Lindquist says
My top 5 … fresh eggs, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, butter, half&half for coffee
Stuart Vettese says
I wish all PR's could see your last paragraph Dom! My fridge essentials are usually milk, grape juice, butter, I can't believe it's not butter and american mustard – strange combo I know!!
Neither coffee or eggs go in the fridge in my house but otherwise my top 5 (after milk and cheese; butter goes in the dish on the side otherwise you've no hope of spreading it) would be carrots, a jar of Tom Yum paste, mayo/sour cream (having seen the calories and fat content of sour cream is less than the light Hellmans recently I'm starting to cross over.) Tomato paste (tube) and lemon juice. I have more 'essentials' than that but you only allowed us 5…