Hungry? Ideas for good eats from my late summer fridge

I‘m a fan of organizing the refrigerator before a long weekend or major holiday. It happens at Easter, to make room for ham and cheesecake, and before Christmas, in order to house party punch and appetizers.

It makes me feel on top of things, at least in one department! This Labor Day weekend we’re having a few friends over and I’ve pepped a few things in advance so I can spend more time visiting around my grill.

I store a lot of items in jars, so I can see at a glance what I have on hand, and now you can too. Want to see what’s on those shelves? Hit the jump.

Dinner ideas from the late summer fridge | Simple Bites


Ideas for good eats from my late summer fridge, from salads to snacks, dinner and dessert:

Fresh Tomato Sauce. The paste tomatoes in my garden are coming in strong and it only takes a few minutes to combine them with olive oil, garlic and herbs and simmer them down to a sauce. Having a jar or two on hand saves dinner on our busy days. Here are two recipe if you want to can tomato sauce for long-term storage or for freezing.

Garlic Dill Pickles steal the show on any cheese or charcuterie platter and are a late-summer staple. I can some for long-term storage, and keep a jar in the fridge for frequent snacking.

Cold-Brewed Iced Tea is still a favourite drink to round out my backyard barbecues. I brew it in 1 L Weck jars and serve it in the same.

Lacto fermented pickles stay nice and crisp in the refrigerator, as do melons (behind the pickles).

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are my current craving and I like to keep a jar of dough in the fridge to bake up warm cookies for guests or school lunches.

Pico de Gallo is a favourite way to use up tomatoes, garlic and cilantro from the garden. We spoon it over nachos and heap it onto grilled salmon.

Farro Salad keeps for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. I make a base using this recipe and add in herbs, feta, nuts or fruit. Occasionally it gets topped with a fried egg and called lunch.

Berries, fresh and in various condiment form, are still prevalent in my refrigerator. I do a whipped butter with them for scones and toast, as well as a slow cooker fruit butter that is heavenly over pancakes.

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are still a preferred snack around here, especially when paired with fresh ricotta on toast.

Of course the fridge is packed with vegetables for roasting, grilling and snacking. And eggs, always plenty of eggs from our hens.

I tend to buy my fish and meat fresh from the market the same day I prepare them, so I don’t have a big stash in the fridge – other than bacon, that is! Butter, cheese and other dairy products are in the bottom drawer, and condiments are in the side doors, which are not pictured.

And there you have my late-summer refrigerator!

What’s in your late-summer fridge and what is on the menu for the long weekend?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I think I said it on instagram, but I’ll say it again…I have complete fridge envy. I didn’t know that such a thing existed until I saw your beautifully organized fridge. 🙂
    How can prepared food in jars look so lovely? I’m not sure but yours does! Yum!
    Sarah M

  2. Oh my gosh, I have total fridge envy. Everything looks delicious. My fridge always looks disorganized. I am inspired!

  3. As others said that is a great looking batch of food. But my real question is what kind of fridge is that. I’m currently in the market for one and love that setup.

  4. Where did you get the blue container, top right?

  5. That’s it. I’m coming over!

  6. Love these ideas! I still love fresh foods, but I’ve also been loving grilling a batch of stuff too!

  7. Now I know exactly what I’m doing this weekend! Cleaning out my fridge, getting all those unused jars out of storage, and making some of these beautiful recipes. Beautiful!

  8. I squealed a little bit when I saw the fermented pickles there. 😉

  9. You are an inspiration! ! Do you think the ricotta could be made with fresh goats milk?? Thanks

  10. I wish I could have a big (+ organized) fridge like yours! 🙂

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