I swear, I'm bringing Fridgin' Out back! Just spent the morning sifting through my parent's fridge and boy, let me tell you that it was a pretty nasty affair. It's like a dungeon in here- sorta like the time I want through the Work Fridge.
Because there is just so much interesting stuff in this fridge (both good and way expired), I'm gonna do it in 3 parts: The cooler, the fridge door, and the freezer. Alright, here's the cooler!
The thing about this fridge is that it goes pretty deep, giving Hideko leeway to just keep shit in here without ever having to deal with it again. There was stuff in here I swear was from circa 2006.
Alright, top shelf- lots of interesting liquid condiments. Here are some highlights.
Brown rice and malt vinegar:
Apple vinegar to drink. That's a big thing now, right? I have a few friends who have a shot of it everyday.
Unsweetened soy milk.
Probably the best ponzu (citrus soy sauce) you can buy in the States.
My mom seems to really be into honey these days. Here is Korean plum honey.
I'm pretty obsessed with this- Citron honey. There are pieces of rind in here- it's great!!! My mom said she got it at the Korean grocer. Goes really well with plain yogurt!
Middle shelves are just a lot of different kinds of miso, pickles and rice in tupperware. There's the honey I talked about earlier, and lots of questionable foods in paper and plastic bags that I was petrified to open.
Homemade yogurt. I'll do a post on this sometime- it's great! I know Yoko makes her own too.
They keep miso in tupperware, which is a good idea cause it tends to dry up if it's not properly stored.
Moro-miso, which is special miso for dipping cucumbers in. It's my dad's favorite thing.
Umeboshi pickled plums from Japan. These are the best- they're huge and sweet.
Salmon flakes from Hokkaido. My aunt made me bring this back from Japan for my mom - it was so heavy!!!
Dried fruits that are now overdried from excess time in this fridge.
Candied ginger. I have never once known my mother to use this in anything.
Handy middle pull out drawer.
Pre-made inari skins.
You're gonna think this is gross... but this is my favorite thing ever. Fish sausage!!! It's basically a bright pink fish cake in a long sausage-like form. Love it.
Real sausage- this just can't be good for you.
I'm pretty angry about this: Jamon Iberico I brought back from Spain back in October 2007. UGH!!!!! THEY SUCK! How could they not open this- it's like gold!!!
Veggie box- not too nasty here except for molding mochi. But you know you can still eat that right? For whatever reason, mold on mochi goes away after it's cooked and it's safe to eat. I ain't no scientist, but that's the truth, Ruth!
Fuji apples from our tree in the backyard! This should be the last of it for this season.
Fridge hygiene: charcoal to keep the smell down. Obviously this works, otherwise the whole house would stink of rotting foods.
Trade-off for going through the fridge was to clean it. It was not pretty. Look at how much crap I threw out! EWWWW!!!
I cleared an entire shelf!!!
Stay tuned next week for the Fridge Door!!!