BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Fridge Essentials

We know you like to keep it cheap—that’s why you read our blog—so we’re not going to bother telling you why Trader Joe’s is awesome or why you should buy produce at your local farmer’s market to score great deals on the freshest produce. You’re a cheapskate-foodie. You already know these things.

We like to switch it up when we go grocery shopping and try new foods (that’s how we discovered fresh Chinese wheat noodles), but we also have our staples. These are ingredients that we find ourselves using repeatedly in different dishes and therefore consider Fridge Essentials. We find that when we keep our pantry stocked with items from The $50 Pantry and our fridge full of Fridge Essentials, cooking is less expensive and more enjoyable because we have more to work with.

  • half-and-half (Great for thickening creamy sauces, adding to scrambled eggs, or adding body to a soup.) $1.50 for a pint
  • eggs (Um, breakfast for dinner, anyone? Also delicious added to noodles in pad thai, or for making velvety pasta sauces. $3.50 for 1 dozen
  • Sriracha (We are totally obsessed with this stuff. We put it on eggs, pizza, and on any savory Asian dish. We also love to stir it into mayonnaise for a spicy aioli.) $2.50 for 16 oz.
  • Parmesan cheese (We buy it whole and grate it ourselves. It’s cheaper that way.) $4 for 12 oz.
  • unsalted butter (Can be used for savory or sweet cooking/baking.) $4 for 1 lb
  • firm tofu (Cube it and throw it in a stir fry, scramble it with veggies and spices for a delicious vegan breakfast or crumble it in pasta sauces for a protein boost.) $2 for 16 oz.

We like to keep this stuff on hand, along with a variety of meats, fish and veggies for an ever-flowing stream of BrokeAss creations. Please let us know what YOUR Fridge Essentials are.

Category:

Tags: ,

Share this Recipe: Share on Facebook Tweet This! Pin it on Pinterest

Leave a Comment

Textile help (For formatting your comment)

What They're Saying

Stuart, on Feb 20, 09:05 AM, wrote:

Heh. I just posted about one of <a href=“http://kitchenhacker.net/content/beauty-frozen-spinach”>my staples</a> today.

Good call on the unsalted butter. I used to get it salted, but it is less versatile that way.

Mike Gibson, on Feb 20, 10:25 AM, wrote:

Double yes on the Siracha. I go through a bottle every couple weeks. The red cock never steers you wrong.

Siobhan Ford, on Feb 21, 07:09 AM, wrote:

Olives—pitted Kalamata or green Spanish. Make them into a tapenade, chop them up and throw them in a salad or pasta dish, or just snack on ‘em while you cook. I hated olives until my Greek roommate told me I’d just been eating crappy ones. Thank goodness she opened my eyes!

Elizabeth Barrette, on Feb 23, 11:46 AM, wrote:

My essentials include shredded cheese — I’m especially fond of Fiesta Blend. A big bag can be used a bit at a time in various recipes. I usually put it in omelettes and on top of casseroles. We also get flavored cheeses by the chunk, especially when they are on sale, and slice them.

Jacqi, on Sep 5, 12:26 PM, wrote:

I detest milk to drink. The only time I have milk is on an occasional bowl of Grapenuts cereal.
So I purchase the small boxes of shelf milk. Shelf life is much better for my use.

What do you suggest for having something like 1/2 & 1/2 on hand for when needed? Otherwise, I’ll have to go buy it, when planning to use it.

Thanx…

Philippa, on Aug 7, 10:52 AM, wrote:

Sambal Oulek is always on hand in my fridge as well!

Vikram Saahil, on Oct 1, 04:17 PM, wrote:

Dude…you are the shit. i just found this site and love it. put the link up as my facebook status.

judi togel, on Oct 1, 10:31 PM, wrote:

Terimakasih

situs judi poker, on Nov 9, 03:15 PM, wrote:

wooow good idea

Prediksi Bola Jitu, on Jul 13, 11:12 PM, wrote:

i will try this recipe

web cam models wanted, on Aug 29, 12:37 AM, wrote:

This article covers some very good ways to drive traffic to your blog as well as some tips on how to use these methods successfully. This article is aimed at young and upcoming blogs who have good content and are trying to gain some readers. New to blogging? Here are three great sites that can help you start blogging, for free!

best trilogy products, on Aug 31, 12:54 AM, wrote:

It away totally free. I love seeing weblog that understands the price of offering an exceptional resource for free. article Lot’s of data to study…amazing guy holds Posting and replaces to human beings. Share data with us. we can always recognize all you have executed right here because I recognize you’re very involved with ours. you’ve got done a splendid activity on this article.

skin care and hair removal, on Sep 3, 03:03 AM, wrote:

Here we will examine 4 good website ideas to make money. They are in random order. There are millions of people trying to make a blog and trying even harder to get it noticed. When making a good blog it is all about the post and the content. Spending too much time on the look and the ads is just going to leave you in the white space of Google with one big headache.

affordable plumbing tulsa, on Sep 9, 08:19 PM, wrote:

A website is a critical factor for any business. Now that almost all consumers and potential clients are connected to the Internet, a website that effectively represents your company is essential. Over the past few years infographics have become increasingly important to a website design company and a good online marketing campaign. Simply put, they are one of the best ways to spread factual-based content virally.

cheap wedding accessories, on Sep 26, 01:04 AM, wrote:

Attempting to get your blog positioned quicker? It’s less convoluted than you think. Read the rules under to discover how you may get your weblog positioned inside the web search tools. In this article, I talk about the noteworthiness of weblog design. I will go over how absolutely a master weblog format can help your business develop.

See more, on Sep 26, 08:04 PM, wrote:

Do you have to construct a staggering site for your own particular locally situated endeavor? Or on the other hand would you say you are as yet attempting to discover a way of building an a hit site with the goal that it will make you various cash? Is it accurate to say that you are sick and tired of never again gaining benefits with your site?

cheap men for shoes, on Oct 2, 02:43 AM, wrote:

Howdy! Top notch positioned up! If it’s far not too much trouble screen to us while I am capable of seeing an improvement! We’re the personal organization in the UK with a motive to raise the opposition within the cryptocurrency mining subject through a manner of offering result and fee efficient miners to the companies and people. Our agency emerges as began in 2016 with a purpose to attain at the height of mining enterprise. We’ve were given our manufacturing companion in China who gave this concept the form of a miner.

Click info, on Oct 8, 12:17 AM, wrote:

I truly thank you for the profitable data on this incredible subject and anticipate more extraordinary posts. Much appreciated for getting a charge out of this magnificence article with me. I am valuing it all that much! Anticipating another extraordinary article.

Pakistani Branded shoes, on Oct 16, 01:07 AM, wrote:

Much obliged to you for sharing the distribute.. father and mother are universes charming character in every existence of person..they need or should be effective to keep up requirements of the hover of relatives.

Visit us, on Nov 8, 07:19 PM, wrote:

I have learned new things from the blog post. One other thing to I have seen is that in many instances, FSBO sellers will certainly reject a person. Remember, they might prefer to not use your companies. But if anyone maintain a comfortable, professional relationship, offering assistance and staying in contact for around four to five weeks, you will usually be capable to win a discussion. From there, a listing follows.