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The contents of a fridge can reveal a lot about a particular home, family, or culture.
We asked 20 people from around the world to take a photo of their fridges and tell us about what's inside.

Click on a magnet to view a country or scroll to explore

Argentina Bangladesh Bulgaria Colombia Ecuador England Finland Ireland Kenya Mexico Pakistan Palestinian Territories Poland Romania Russia Ukraine United States Uruguay Venezuela Wales

Venezuela

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Rene Merida, Venezuela

I am 81 years old and my daughters buy my food shopping for me every eight days. They only go 1km away to buy food from the local street markets and the charcuterie.

In the fridge I always have meat, eggs, chicken, vegetables, cheese and juices. For me special treats are jelly and marmalade. In the bottom drawer are vegetables. Cheese and eggs sit in a special tray.

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Russia

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Anastasija Saint Petersburg, Russia

There are three people in my family. I am 23, my mother is 53, and my father is 57. We all contribute to the food shopping but my father is the one who goes to get it. We don’t travel far to buy our food as there are plenty of supermarkets close to our apartment. My father goes shopping every few days.

Vegetables go in the lowest boxes, then go cheese and sausages. The milk and drinks are located in the door. On the other shelves you’ll find an assortment of different things.

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Palestinian Territories

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Ghada Khan Yunis, Palestinian Territories

My wife and I are both 24 and we like to eat lots of vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumber and peppers. My favourite dessert is cheesecake.

I buy the food shopping for us once a week from the market which is 5km away, usually on Fridays. We waste about 20% of our food, which I don’t think is a lot.

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Kenya

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Nicholas Nairobi, Kenya

In the fridge we have seasonal fruit and vegetables like oranges, mangoes, pineapples, grapes, cabbages, dhania, french beans, carrots, kales, sukuma, green beans and green maize. We also have cow pieces, soda, fruit juice, yoghurt and milk.

My wife and I are 35 and 36. My wife travels 5km to buy the food on a weekly basis. We do grow some of our own food, on a small scale.

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England

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Nicola Tunbridge Wells, England

Once opened, everything is decanted into Tupperware so no smells linger in the fridge. My husband and I enjoy blackberry crumble made from the berries I gather from the local hedgerows. I shop at Marks and Spencer’s, a high-end chain store, once a week.

I used to have a vegetable garden until recently but it got too hot to grow vegetables and hose pipe bans made it difficult to provide the garden with enough water. I have a composting bin for waste and I give apple cores to our dog Bracken.

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Romania

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Daniel Cluj-Napoca, Romania

We are a family of three. I am 33, my wife is 34 and our daughter is 4 months old.

My parents grow food that we eat, but mostly we shop at the supermarket.

We are very careful not to waste food, so we usually don’t buy more than we need for a few days. Very little of our food is wasted; maybe around 5%. Mostly we shop from a place that’s under 1km away, and sometimes to a couple other supermarkets that are under 4km from us.

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Bangladesh

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Bashanti Bagerhat, Bangladesh

My husband gets the food shopping and pays for it. He goes two or three times a week.

Our fridge has the ability for different temperatures. We have it set between 1°C and 4°C.

All our cooked foods are kept in the coldest part of the fridge, along with raw meats and fish. Milk, cheese, yoghurts and butter are all placed in a slightly less cool part of the fridge. There are three market places near our house. Most of the time we visit the Mistripara Market for our food shopping.

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Argentina

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Miguel Mendoza, Argentina

As a special treat we have dulce de leche (caramel jam) and sometimes dulce de batata (sweet potato jam). There are four of us in our household: Esther (62), Rubén (61), Agustina (26) and me (33).

My mum and dad take it in turns to do a big shop once a month for non-perishable food. Then mum does a weekly shop for meats, vegetables, fruits and bread. We take a car 2km to the supermarket, and from grocery stores we walk with items in bags or a trolley.

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Bulgaria

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Christina Haskovo, Bulgaria

For me the most delicious food in our fridge is Skyr, which is a fat-free, thick yoghurt. It’s a great base for various desserts and goes well with cereal in the morning. My mother and I share the cost of the shopping. Probably around 5% of our food is wasted.

We usually walk the 1.5km back home carrying shopping bags. If we need to buy something very heavy, such as canned foods or dog food, we get a taxi back. We don’t grow food except herbs on the balcony.

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Ireland

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Duncan Wexford, Ireland

My daughter’s favourite meal is eggs and avocado so we always have eggs in.

To try and reduce wastage each time we do a new shop, we move any old veg into one drawer and have the new veg in the other.

We have a veg patch where we grow some of our own food. This year we had a lot of courgettes, runner beans, strawberries and tomatoes. A good portion of our wasted food comes from the kids not finishing meals. This ends up in the dog, so it isn’t really wasted.

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Finland

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Laurene Helsinki, Finland

I live with my boyfriend. He is 57 and I am 37. Our income is very irregular as we are both freelancers. We shop for food every one or two days. We replant fresh herbs so to keep them longer. And we have a rule that we’re not allowed to waste any food.

We keep drinks the right way up in the vegetable compartment and leftovers are put together, but not that organised. We mostly walk to the shop and occasionally we catch a tram to a special shop.

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Mexico

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Vanessa Guadalajara, Mexico

I always have non-dairy milk, bread, veggies and some kind of spicy sauce or salsa.

I’m single and live by myself. I don’t grow my own food, but I really wish I could.

I usually shop for food once or twice per week. I buy veggies from stands on the street or little corner shops and the rest comes from the supermarket. The closest supermarket is about a ten minute car ride from my apartment. I try to eat all of the food and not waste it, but sometimes veggies go bad.

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Pakistan

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Asif Lahore, Pakistan

For us a treat would be a banana or an apple, or sometimes cake.

There are five of us in the family, me and my wife who are 30 and 26, and three children aged 7, 5 and 2. We do a shop twice a month. I pay for and buy the food shopping at either Walmart or Hyperstar, both of which are around 10km from our house. We probably waste around 5% of our food.

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Ukraine

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Denys Kharkiv, Ukraine

Food essentials for us are milk, chicken, fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, coconut oil, butter and cottage cheese. There are two people in my family and we are 27 and 33. My husband pays for the food shopping but we go to get it together.

We try to keep waste to a minimum and probably waste around 5-10% of our food. The supermarket is around 15 minutes’ walk from home.

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Ecuador

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María Guayaquil, Ecuador

We always have tomatoes, onions, shrimps and soya meat in the fridge. A treat for us is low sugar chocolate.

I live with my mom and my two sisters, they are travelling at the moment. My mom is 55 and my sisters are 31 and 29. I am 25. My mom and I get the shop every two weeks. We go by car, to help us transport the shopping, but the Supermaxi is only 500 meters from our home.

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Colombia

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Janice Bogota, Colombia

For me, green apples are a must, as are plain yoghurt and chicken breast. I also always keep a piece of dark chocolate in the fridge, just for those special moments.

Sometimes my parents visit for a few weeks. My family consists of four of us, but usually I live alone. I shop weekly on a Saturday or Sunday. I go to a few supermarkets and I visit a fruit and veggie market (surtifruver) separately too.

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Wales

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Richard Monmouth, Wales

There are five of us in my family, myself (44), my wife (41), my stepson (15) and my two children (7 and 5). My wife buys the shopping from Tesco, Lidl or Waitrose every few days and we use Bags for Life to help the environment. We grow our own tomatoes.

Essential foods are butter, cheese, lettuce, ham, peppers and onions. Sauces are stored at the top, wine/dairy on second shelf, meats and bulky items on third and fourth and vegetables in bottom two drawers.

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United States

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Meghan Somerville, United States

There are three in our family: myself, my partner Ben, and our dog Pluto - who was too squirmy to pose for our family photograph. We shop for food together and we like to cook together and plan our meals for the week based on whatever looks best on the shelves.

We shop at Wegmans, a 30 minute trek in the car, and Trader Joe’s which is down the street from our house. We spend £55ish per week if I’m also including food ordered in restaurants. We always have a good amount of seasonal produce on hand (our diets are primarily vegetarian).

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Poland

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Mateusz Silesia, Poland

I live with my partner and six-month-old baby. Our essentials are milk, eggs, cheese and ham, with fresh juice as a special treat.

Twice a week I shop at the nearest supermarket, unless there’s something to do near a shopping mall. Not much food is wasted, although I do tend to overbuy buttermilk and some vegetables.

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Uruguay

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Pedro Montevideo, Uruguay

Above the fridge we place our cartons of eggs and bananas (and avocados when we have some). The bottom shelf is for leftover vegetables. In the door we place the jam, leftover salsa, tomato sauce and butter. We always keep chicken and ground beef for lunch.

My girlfriend is 23 and I am 24. We moved to Uruguay from Venezuela four months ago.

We shop on Fridays and Wednesdays and I fetch the shopping as I have a more flexible work schedule. I buy from the nearest farmers’ market and carry the food in an environmentally friendly bag.

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