What’s In My…Fridge?

    Last week on Offbeat Home I was introduced to You Are What You Eat — a project by Mark Menjivar who profiled 35 refrigerators and their owners through photographs to see how their lifestyles and identities correlated with what food they kept on hand. As someone who may or may not have looked inside a medicine cabinet or two that didn’t belong to me, the voyeuristic nature of the project was sort of thrilling. I mean who doesn’t love a little sneak peek into someone else’s life, right? Don’t shake your head at me, you know you do too. You’re busted — you read blogs!

    So since I talk about food, meal planning and my Crazy! Caveman! Diet! so much around these parts, I thought you guys might appreciate a little peek into my refrigerator. Although my first confession would be that we actually have two refrigerators. For two people. I KNOW. (But one was a hand me down from a friend and it behaves so quietly out in our garage!)

    What I loved most about Menjivar’s Project were the labels on each picture that described who the owners were. So to start, it’s only fair I write one for us:

    //Household of 2 Adults// Northern California// Eating a Paleo Diet for about a year//Still Refuse To Give Up Booze//

    So let’s start with the inside fridge, shall we! Yes, we are the kind of people who hang crap on their refrigerator door. I was this way when I was single, but for Garrett it took some convincing. I think we have reached a happy agreement of a little crap, but not too much.
    Inside Fridge
    It should be noted that this is the world’s largest and most energy INEFFICIENT refrigerator. I can’t wait to get a new one. The storage space is also inefficient. Don’t believe me?
    Have a look:
    Inisde Fridge - The Whole Shebang

    I know this looks like a competitive game of Tupperware Tetris, but it isn’t. It’s a competitive game of Sterilite Ultra Seal Latching Container Tetris. Get it straight, yo. And the key players are FIERCE.

    Inside Fridge

    So that’s the main section. Up top we have a smorgasbord of things in jars, hard boiled eggs and avocados that are too ripe to leave on the counter. Down Below is where it gets interesting. Down below is THE SAUSAGE DRAWER.
    Inside Fridge
    According to the drawer’s 1970s label this is the dairy case, but while we do store a bit of cheese in here, this is reserved for SAUSAGE. And hot damn if this chicken chorizo from Costco isn’t rocking my world lately. Too bad I found out it’s being discontinued at my Costco. WHO DO I NEED TO CALL ABOUT THAT?

    Below sausage are veggies. Tons and tons of veggies.
    Inside Fridge - Crisper Drawer

    Greens!
    Inside Fridge - Crisper Drawer

    On the fridge door we have what I lovingly refer to as Bachelor’s Paradise. Which for the record is nothing like Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Although I will admit to fantasizing about what it would be like if every time I opened the refrigerator door some type of super gangsta rap played. It would be like a music box, only BETTER!

    Anyway, Bachelor’s Paradise is a land where you own every type of mustard ever made. And the number of hot sauce bottles rivals the salad dressing 2:1.

    Welcome:
    Inside Fridge Door

    The top of the freezer door has an eerily similar Bachelor touch. Let’s see if you can spot it:
    Inside Freezer Door

    Oh who am I kidding, the bottom of the freezer door looks a bit bachelor as well:
    Inside Freezer
    But at least you know you never have to drink out of a warm glass at our house, yes? Yes!
    The inside freezer is pretty boring right now. Shrimp, (MORE)booze, and lemon juice. Do you freeze fresh lemon juice in ice cube trays? Best Trick Ever! That way when you need a TBS or two, you have it right there and can just throw it in your pan, or defrost. No slicing and squeezing lemons. I enjoy it.
    Inside Freezer - Staples
    Inside Freezer - Booze Shelf
    Anyway, shall we venture out to the garage. It’s not scary out there when the light is on.

    The Outside Fridge
    The outside fridge should really be called the beverage fridge with lettuce overflow. We store produce that can’t play tetris out here and then mostly our favorite things to drink. And as you can see, our favorite things to drink are sparkling.

    There’s sparkling alcohol:
    The Sparkling Booze Stash
    (and you know…a big container of dates because…well, just because.)

    And then there’s the sparkling non-alcohol, and this is where THE TRUE ADDICTION is revealed:
    The Sparkling NON-booze stash
    We are nothing without our fizzy water.

    Or our coconut water for that matter.
    Passion Fruit Coconut Water
    I can’t live, if living is without you, Passion Fruit Coconut Water. Who sang that song again???

    Last but not least is our freezer. It’s pretty bare looking these days, but it is super convenient to have in the winter when I cook big batches of soups/stews and can just freeze them for later.
    Outside Freezer

    So that’s What’s In My Fridge. Is it what you expected? Did anything surprise you? (Fridge Photo Outtakes are here)

    Shall I show you What’s In My Pantry? Or keep that my dirty little secret?

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