We do that for fish and meat, too, especially now that we live where we can walk to a kosher butcher (we used to have a lot of kosher meat in our freezer, back when that wasn’t the case). If you went by what’s in my fridge, you would probably think we lived on cheese and sauces. We go to the grocery store most days, to get stuff for dinner. We have lots of recipes that use only stuff that keeps, for the days we don’t want to do that.
We have tahini, too. It keeps well, and sometimes we do make something that calls for it.
We always have at least two kinds of hot sauce on hand- a vinegary Tabasco-type sauce, and a non-vinegary Sriracha-type sauce.
We don’t have any of that stuff, either. I’m the sort of person who can absent-mindedly eat a whole bag of chips or box of crackers while watching TV, so I save myself the temptation by not buying snack foods.
My mom keeps candy out in candy dishes in the living room. Someone gave us a pretty candy dish for a wedding present, but we will never use it for candy- a candy dish presents the same problem for us that readily available crackers or chips do.
If I want snack food, I buy the kind of dried seaweed that is used for sushi. It’s nutritious, very low-calorie, and salty enough to be an acceptable substitute for chips or crackers.
No spices? I thought spices were what you were supposed to use if fat and salt were out for flavoring food.
We think our fridge crud was on the verge of developing nuclear weapons by the time we moved out of our last apartment.