Kitchen Shopping Tips - Freezer List

Kitchen Shopping

  1. Meat & Fish – most often whole chickens, chicken breasts, chicken livers, bacon, sausages, stewing beef and lamb. I try to buy my fish fresh as often as possible, I always have good quality fish fingers in the freezer for quick lunches.
  2. Pastry – Ready-made Puff pastry & shortcrust pastry.
  3. Vegetables – Frozen baby peas, beans, and corn.
  4. Stock – When I make stock I try to make quite a bit (more than 4l) and then freeze in 1l containers. If I don’t have the time or I’m too lazy at the moment, I freeze the chicken bones from a roast to make into stock later on. Same goes for beef bones etc.
  5. Ice Cream – I’m not an ice-cream fan but it’s handy to have on hand when you need to whip up an easy dessert.
  6. Fruit – I’m not crazy about frozen fruit but having berries in the freezer is great. They can be used for smoothies and in baking.
Other Kitchen Staples:
  1. Fresh Bread – I always have sliced white bread and wholegrain bread in the house. I also like to have more artisanal pieces of bread like Ciabatta, baguette, etc. in the house for easy lunches, croutons, etc.
  2. Eggs – I keep my eggs in a basket in my kitchen. I like to have them at room temperature.
  3. Vegetable drawer – Fresh garlic, ginger, onions (red and white), chilies, potatoes, butternut, sweet potatoes.
  4. Fruit Bowl – Seasonal fruit like clementines (naartjies), oranges, grapefruit, apples, pears, mangoes, bananas, kiwi, etc.
Since I use most of the above-listed Items you can use them as a basis to create your own next time you go out shopping.
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