Women on the go – Freezer and Refrigerator Must Haves, to prepare fresh meals quickly.


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Thank you for an overwhelming response to my “Women on the Go” series.
I must admit that no two kitchens would be stocked with exactly same things, as each family is unique with their own food preference. It is natural to stock up on things that you would be using frequently.


Here at “Ritzflavours” I would be dividing Kitchen must haves into Three section:

  • Freezer must haves
  • Refrigerator must haves
  • Pantry must haves

Here are 22 things that I store as a backup in my Freezer and Refrigerator so I am never without them. Most of my weeknight meals are planed from it.

I would encourage you to try out new things from the list below. DO NOT buy them in bulk for the first time, get the smallest packing introduce it to your family. By doing this you would not be wasting your money on unnecessary things.


  1. Vegetables


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  • Peeled ginger
  • Minced garlic
  • Cut veggies like green onions, carrots, peas, corn, broccoli, beans, spouts ( You can easily make a side dish with it to be served along with rice, chappati, paratha, bread. )

2. Cottage cheeseIMG_9023

3. Patties made out of Veggie or Rajmamccain-veggie-burger-patty-360g

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  • It can be served as a snack, or as a side dish.
  • Stuff it between whole meal bread along with veggies to make instant sandwiches, burger or wraps made by using left over chappatis.
  • Fill it inside pita bread, along with veggies and drizzle of Homemade Hummus.
  • Use it as kofta – dip it in red gravy and serve it along with rice and chappatis.

4. Home made Pizza base and Marinara sauce IMG_8953

  • Make veggie or cheese pizza with the sauce.
  • Make bread pizza with same sauce.
  • Sauce can also be added to cooked pasta to make an Instant meal.
  • Add the sauce to make Mexican red bean rice.
  • Add it to left over rice along with chick peas flour and other spices to make fitters.

5. Instant Home made Upma mix IMG_8973

It comes very handy while travelling, or if your husband wants to treat you some day ask him to try his hand on this. 😉 all you need to do is to add frozen veggies, buttermilk, Salt and turmeric bring it to boil, add upma mix and let it simmer.

6. Tomato purée and Onion paste IMG_8904

Every weekend spend about 30 mins, to make . All these can be stored freezer in an airtight container. Make sure you are using clean and separate spoon  for each paste every time to increase its self life.

7. Frozen berriesFrozen-Berries

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Stock up on blue berries, raspberries and strawberries add them to your morning oats meal breakfast ,make a smoothie from it or garnish it on cakes or any other deserts.

8.Puff pastry puff-pastry-sheets

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It comes handy to make samosa, spring rolls, pizza wheels, cheese twists, Pesto and cheese rolls possibility are endless.



9. Fresh vegetable IMG_8042

Lady finger, Bottle gourd, Cabbage, Bell pepper, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Egg plant, Lemon and more ( Only buy those that you are planning to use for coming week)

10. Greens’IMG_9019

Spinach, Salad leaves, Lettuce and more to make salads

11. Fresh herbs frsh herbs

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Coriander leaves, Fresh parsley, Curry leaves, Basil and more

12. Milk IMG_9022 To make hot chocolate, tea , coffee

13. Tortillas flour_tortillas

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They are my favourite, It is a fun way to serve sandwich.

14. MargarineButter

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Unsalted butter, cheese spread and more

15. Low fat cheeseSwiss_cheese

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16. Flavoured yogurt Pic yogurt Thick  Creamy 2D

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  • Have it as a side by itself.
  • Snack on it around 4 pm.
  • Add it in overnight oatmeal breakfast.
  • Freeze it along with other berries in ice tray for a sweet treat.

17. Curd – Make buttermilk, raitas, kadhi, spreads, dips and dressing.

18. Fruit juice –Fruit-Juices

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Made out to fruits 100%

19. Seasonal fruitsfruits

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Apples, grapes, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and more they are great for a snack. Do pack one to your work every day.

20. Salad dressing KraftSaladDressing

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Thousand island, blue cheese dressing, mayonnaise, musted and more

21. Ready made sauce – Tamari or Soya sauce, hot chilli sauce, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar.

22. Home made condiments IMG_7907

Hummus, Green chutney, Tomato salsa, pesto.

Here, come an END to my list of must have, Do you store any thing other than these ? What is that thing, do share with me.

If you have any suggestions or queries do feel free to leave your comments, they would be highly appreciated.

Next week I will be back with List of Pantry Must haves.


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