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“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
~Henry David Thoreau

Fully Stocked Fridge

So you’ve all had the chance to stock up on your dry goods and on your spices & flavourings, now we get to delve into my favorite place…the fridge. This is where most folks keep all of their fresh fruits & veggies, which you should be indulging in at every meal if you’re being a healthy vegetarian.

I love to go to the local market and savor the organic produce as well as other people’s homemade jellies and preserves. And I always buy organic, wherever possible, because modern large-scale farming douses our foods in chemicals, strips the soil of most of the nutrients and therefore produces a substandard, nutritionally deficient crop.

Local farmers markets and small whole foods shops always carry a variety of whatever is in season as well as some responsibly grown imports. Plus you can often get more information in the form of pamphlets, or actual conversation, from the people who grow your food.

When it comes to the freezer, the vegetarian kitchen doesn’t always require a whole lot of freezer space. But a few staples are good to keep around.

As much of what you keep in the fridge is fresh and perishable, I am not suggesting that you keep ALL of what is listed below in your fridge at all ties. Instead just considered some of the suggestions that I make, experiment for yourself and keep those things that you use most regularly. They say that if you have all of the colors of the rainbow in a dish, such as salad or stir-fry, then that is the most healthy way to eat your fruits & veg. (This means, for veggies, Red-Green-Orange-Yellow-White.)

As for the lists below, these are just the frequent residents of our fridge/freezer, what you keep around may be different. Our selections vary according to season. We love to have fresh berries in summer, corn-on-the-cob in the autumn and Papa prefers sauerkraut in the winter. My fridge also has lots of condiments in it, I guess those could also have been listed with the flavourings post, but I’ve put them here because that is where they are stored.

Have fun and let me know if you have a favorite item that you don’t see on the list. :)

    The Vegetarian Fridge/Freezer


    Apple Sauce
    Strawberry Jam
    Grape Jelly
    Sauerkraut (Papa loves this stuff.)


    Chutney (I like Mango Chutney.)
    Sweet Chili Sauce
    Nama Shoyu- Soy Sauce
    Rice Wine
    Cooking Sherry
    Homemade Salad Dressings


    Romaine Lettuce
    Large Onions
    Green Onions (Spring Onion)
    Red Bell Pepper
    Green Bell Pepper
    Mushrooms (Assorted)
    Green Chillis
    Butternut Squash
    Snap Peas
    Green Beans
    Bean Sprouts




    Soy Milk (Regular)
    Soy Milk (Vanilla)
    Rice Milk
    Apple Juice
    Orange Juice
    Cranberry Juice
    Spring Water
    Homemade Iced Tea

    Other Fridge Items:

    Tofu (silken)
    Tofu (firm)
    Peanut Butter
    Cashew Butter
    Eggs (if you eat them)
    Garlic cloves
    Ginger Root
    Soy Yogurt

    Freezer Items:

    Ice Cubes
    Vegetarian Sausages
    Vegetarian Hot Dogs
    Veggie Burgers (a selection of them)
    Frozen Veggie Mince (faux ground beef)
    Frozen Veggie Pot Pies
    Frozen French Fries
    Vegan Ice Cream (chocolate or vanilla)
    Italian Ice (I like strawberry flavour.)

  • nice , thanks for sharing.

  • have you tried ‘purely decadent’ brand coconut milk ice cream? dairy/soy free. coconut heaven…

  • dogdaze

    Great site!

    Have you tried storing your ginger in the freezer?

    Peel the entire root, store in a baggie in the freezer. When you want to use it, take it out, grate what you need off the frozen root & put back into freezer. Lasts about 3 months. Oh, and there are no “strings” if you do it this way. :)

  • Hi, I am wondering if you can recommend a fridge that is good for storing large amounts of vegtables. I find I never have enough room in my current fridge, thanks Yvonne

  • allyson

    Hi! Instead of lettuce, you can try spinach! Ice berg lettuce is really bad, and uses too much water to make. Spinach is a good alternative. Great list!!