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Essential Refrigerator and Freezer Staples

If you are just setting up house, you'll need to keep some basic items on hand in your refrigerator and/or freezer to be prepared for any recipe. Most of the items on this list are perishable. Check labels for expiration dates. This is a general guide. Take your own tastes into consideration when selecting your own pantry basics. At the bottom, you will find links to other pantry basic lists.
  1. Butter, margarine
  2. Cheese: parmesan, cheddar, Swiss, jack, cream
  3. Eggs
  4. Lemon juice
  5. Lime juice
  6. Fruits
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Milk
  9. Orange juice: fresh or concentrated
  10. Salad dressings, assorted
  11. Sour cream
  12. Vegetables: various fresh and frozen
  13. Wine: red and white, dry sherry, marsala
  14. Yogurt, plain

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