What should be in a mini fridge?
Mini fridges are useful for many reasons. They’ll keep your drinks cold, they’re easier to transport than a full-sized fridge, and they’re small enough to fit into compact spaces like a dorm room or smaller homes.
While most mini fridges look similar, they differ in the amount of space they provide. Some can hold just a few cans of soda, while others can hold an entire gallon of milk and other bulky items. To make sure everything fits, you’ll want to know the capacity of your refrigerator before you buy any food or drink.
A mini fridge can provide you a convenient place for cold drinks and snacks. But there is more than just beer and soft drinks. Here are some ideas for things to put in your mini fridge…
21 things you can put in a mini fridge
You’ve probably seen a mini fridge in someone’s dorm room or office. These little devices are perfect for keeping your drinks cool, but there are other things you can put in them too.
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Here are some items you may never have thought you’d keep in your mini fridge:
What mini fridge would be complete without some ice cold drinks? Your drink choice will depend entirely on your personal preference, but the most popular choices are soft drinks, beer, and mineral water. Some people also like to keep juices in their mini fridges.
These types of drinks usually don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, but if you want them cold, you should put them in your mini fridge. Remember not to overfill your mini fridge as this can cause circulation problems causing the drinks to get hot instead of cold.
Milk is a common drink choice for both children and adults that can be stored in a mini fridge. You may also want to consider stocking up on other dairy products, such as cheese, butter, and yogurt. This can also be used to prepare foods such as breakfast cereal or oatmeal.
3. Beer and wine
It’s always nice to have beer (or wine) on hand, especially if you have friends. Cold beer is also much tastier than warm beer!
4. Water Bottles
If you want to stay hydrated, it’s a good idea to keep some water bottles in the fridge so you don’t have to go out to buy something every time you need a drink. You can also use bottled water for cooking if you don’t think the tap water is safe enough.
5. Pop-Tarts and Other Breakfast Items
The best thing about Pop-Tarts is that they don’t require cooking or prep, so they’re very useful for people who don’t like to cook or who are always in a rush. Keeping some of these treats in your mini fridge along with some milk or juice will have breakfast ready when you wake up!
Snacks such as chips, crackers, cookies and fruit are easy to store in a mini fridge. They are perfect for giving you an energy boost when you need it. It can also be used to store snacks for guests when you are having fun.
Eggs can be used in a variety of dishes and should be kept refrigerated. If you don’t have room for eggs in your full size fridge, you can put them in your mini fridge instead.
Spices can take up valuable space in your full-sized refrigerator, but often fit in a mini-fridge just fine. Keep condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce, hot sauce, relish, barbecue sauce, olives, and salad dressings on hand without taking up too much space.
In addition to storing drinks and food, some medications need to be refrigerated to maintain effectiveness, according to the Mayo Clinic: “Certain medications need to be refrigerated or frozen.” Examples of medications that require refrigeration include insulin, liquid antibiotics, vaccines, and liquid vitamins with iron.
If you have any of these medications, you can keep it in your mini fridge so it won’t get lost among the other items in your larger fridge.
10. Ice Cream
Ice is usually kept in mini fridges with a freezer compartment. If there’s no freezer, it can still be kept in the main part of the fridge if you don’t want it to melt right away or if it’s still partially frozen from when you bought it at the grocery store.
It will melt into a liquid mess if left on the counter for too long and will need to be refrigerated if you want to eat it at another time after letting it thaw on the counter for a while.
The most common reason to buy a mini fridge is to keep it in the bedroom or office so that you have food and drinks close at hand when you need them. If you don’t want to leave your dorm or office for lunch, you can put a mini fridge in it to keep food and snacks within reach.
12. Skin Care Products
Beauty products can be expensive, so you don’t want to throw them away if they go bad. You can keep them in a mini fridge for months without worrying about the expiration date. If you want to travel with your skin care products, you can use a small cooler instead of a mini fridge.
Beauty brands come up with new makeup every day. A mini fridge will help you keep your cosmetics cool, which will also help you maintain their shelf life. Some brands even recommend storing products in a cool place for better results.
For those who need to keep insulin cool for health reasons, a mini fridge is a perfect way to store your medication without taking up too much space.
15. Juice Bags
Kids love juice pouches. Keep them cool in a mini fridge, especially during the summer months. Whether you’re filling a glass of iced tea or pouring a cup of soda, you can keep these drinks chilled in a mini fridge that doesn’t take up much space in your kitchen.
Most people keep cheese in the fridge, but if you’re looking for a more controlled environment, keep it in a mini fridge. The ideal temperature for cheese is between 46°F and 50°F. So if you want to avoid excess moisture and cheese drying out, it’s best to store your cheese in a separate air-conditioned room. Mini fridges make this easier because they are smaller than regular fridges.
17. Fruits and Vegetables
Items such as apples, oranges and carrots spoil quickly if they are kept at room temperature or exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. Keeping them in the fridge will keep them fresh longer and allow you to eat even healthier late night snacks when you’re watching TV or Netflix.
18. Salad Dressing
Another one of my office favorites! I eat salad for lunch almost every day and don’t always want to buy dressing from the vending machine – I like to bring my own dressing. Place the bandage in a Ziploc bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before closing. Then simply put it in the fridge for a nice cold dressing with your salad.
19. Butter and Spices
If your office has some sort of kitchenette, consider storing butter and spices in a cooler or mini-fridge. If you use these often, like I do, they’re great to have on hand! Some people even keep their coffee creamer there if they don’t have a fridge (yes, that’s right).
20. Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are great snacks that are high in protein and filling. Because of their shell, they can be kept in a mini fridge for about a week. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, hard-boiled eggs are the way to go!
Yogurt is a versatile food that can be used in a variety of ways. It is delicious to eat as a snack, but it can also be used as a substitute for sour cream. If you’re grilling or eating tacos, you can use yogurt as a healthy alternative to sour cream. Yogurt is also great for smoothies, which we’ll talk about later on this list.
In summary, the mini fridge is an all-round great household appliance. It’s compact, portable and can hold a lot more than you think.
Whether you’re moving into your first apartment and need a place to store food, or want to add some convenience and extra storage space to your dorm room, a mini-fridge is a smart purchase that can serve multiple purposes around the home.