Food is said to bring people together, that’s why many social events happen around food. When people come around to visit, it’s good etiquette to offer something to eat or drink. This means that you should always have goodies in the fridge to offer. If you’re not too big on guests then you should at least make sure you have food for yourself so you don’t always have to get take-outs. Here are some essentials that you should have in your fridge. Let’s get shopping!
Any kind of refreshing beverage
It’s not necessary to keep a fully-stocked bar, but it’s always nice to have something other than water as an alternative. If you follow a healthy lifestyle you might prefer to stock up on fresh fruit juices or any low-kilojoule beverage.
Cheese is something that almost everyone loves. It’s great as a snack or to add to sandwiches, salads, or other scrumptious dishes. There are so many different flavors to choose from, but any kind of cheese will do. If you’re entertaining guests then you can cut it up into cubes and serve it with other snacks.
Fresh fruit is essential for a healthy diet so you should always have some in your fridge. Fruits are dependent on the season but every season has its delicious choice. You could eat them as a snack, make your own fruit juice, or use them in desserts.
Jars of olives and pickles
These are sure winners when you have unexpected visitors. Crack open a jar of olives and a jar of pickles and you’ve got yourself a small meze platter. Add some crackers to your feast and your guest will be satisfied. These are also ideal for when you don’t feel like cooking, you can whip up a platter for yourself.
Fresh citrus fruits
If it’s nearing the end of the month and you haven’t had a chance to stock your fridge up with a variety of drinks, then a few slices of lemon added to your water can give that glass a different dimension. You could even use limes or oranges for a different flavor.
Milk is a staple in anyone’s fridge as it can be enjoyed in so many ways. You can drink it on its own, add it to your tea, coffee, cereal, or you can even cook with it. There’s nothing better than dipping a biscuit in a glass of milk. If you’re lactose intolerant there are many alternatives available these days.
Vegetables aren’t always a favorite for everyone but there are some veggies that can be great as snacks with some dips. You can also eat veggies raw in salads or if you prefer cooked veggies, then you can add them to pasta or casseroles.
Yogurts are the best on-the-go snack and they’re super nutritious too. They contain probiotics that are good for you so you’re not only getting a tasty snack but a healthy one too. You can choose from smooth or fruity yogurts if you want to change things up.
Whether you live alone or not, having these basics in your fridge will save you from having to cook up a meal. You’ll have snacks available when you’re in a rush and you’ll always be prepared for the unexpected guest.