Refrigerator items to stock 6-10
These are food items that will keep in the refrigerator for a week or more. The only exception might be the fresh meats and fish that should either be eaten or frozen within 3 days.
6. cottage cheese – Wikipedia defines it as
“a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity, giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations. Cottage cheese which is pressed becomes hoop cheese, farmer cheese, pot cheese or queso blanco.”
Jughandle uses it for dips in place of sour cream and it makes a great creamy cheese to add to lasagna. I buy the low fat, low sodium kind even though the regular tastes a little better. It also make a great healthy snack.
7. cream cheese – Most of us are familiar with the silver packages of Philadelphia brand cream cheese. I my opinion nothing else touches it for flavor. I’ll give you my recipe later for Cheese cake made with 6 packages of the stuff. Cream cheese is very spreadable and it great on crackers and can be softened even more to combine with other stuff by putting it in the microwave for 30 sec on high.
8. sour cream – believe it or not, sour cream is exactly that. Cream that has soured by the introduction of certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. Sour Cream is high in fat and is fabulous for dips and dressings.
9. meats/fish – A well stocked refrigerator will have the meat or fish that you intend to cook with in 2 to no more than 3 days, unless you are aging beef. (that is another story for another day). Keep the meat or fish covered and cool. Bring to room temperature before cooking.
10. deli meats – such as smoked or cured, turkey, ham, or sausages like baloney, salami, pastrami are great to have on hand to make sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres. These will keep for at least a week well packaged. Remember, deli meats are usually high in sodium and fat.
More tomorrow farmers,