Refrigerator Confidential

Do the contents of a gardener’s refrigerator differ from anyone else’s? This is for Michelle over at From Seed to Table, who was willing to bare her fridge and extended an open invitation to others to do the same. At the moment, our kitchen fridge is stuffed with jars of pickles and preserves that have accumulated while I’ve been attending the Master Food Preservers Program, and leftovers from a dinner party the night before.

Along with my giant pet zucchini that has taken up residence on the top shelf, there’s: a bin of carrots, parsnips and radishes; pickled cherry tomatoes; leftover sautéed summer squash, with fennel and corn; leftover tomato paella; Boothby blonde cucumbers and quick pickles; leftover sautéed red peppers with breadcrumbs; carrot hummus with too much garlic; scape pesto; green onion oil; a couple of dozen eggs from the farmers’ market; heavy cream; early season apples; and the lava beans I neglected to add to the paella last night. Most of the leftovers will be recombined for dinners in the coming week. I use glass storage containers, the better to see what’s going on in them; they also seem to keep the food fresher for longer.

The basement fridge: Lots of pickles, both quick and fermented; carrots, summer squash, broccoli and salad greens in the storage bins; beets, onions and peppers in the drawers; a jar of chicken stock that I need to can up; a drawer full of cheese, some milk, a jar of yogurt and more eggs complete the scene.

Visit From Seed to Table to find more glimpses of the interior life of other gardeners’ refrigerators. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that hordes eggs, and has an inordinate amount of pickles, way more than two people could possibly eat.

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4 Responses to Refrigerator Confidential

  1. Judy says:

    I am a gardener and proud of it, but I’m feeling inadequate looking at those refrigerators. Wow – what a bounty. The rest of us ‘regular gardeners’ are going to have to work harder because my refrigerator sure doesn’t look like that. My hat is off in recognition to her gardening skills.

  2. I am suffering from refrigerator envy and can feel a New Year’s Resolution coming on….

  3. Michelle says:

    LOL, a pet zucchini! Be careful, it might start breeding in there, mine seem to be doing so right now. And the jars of pickles too, my husband promises me that he’s going to eat them, but the stash keeps growing. Fortunately the girls are slowing down so the egg stash might start to shrink soon – to make way for more pickles…

    Thanks for joining in the fun!

  4. Liz says:

    Well like you i have humous in my fridge..and eggs….and jars of pickles…and…well actually that’s where the similarity ends – while your is stocked full of food mine is evidence that I’m neither growing enough nor shopping enough to feed anyone….sigh…oh well perhaps I’ll get my act together tomorrow….

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