Diet and nutrition

What's inside an American kitchen?

Dec. 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM ET

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Ever wanted to peek inside your neighbor's fridge? Here's the closest you can get without being creepy. The NPD Group recently released its Kitchen Audit 2011, a giant report published every three years that examines the contents of the average American kitchen. 

Among the fun facts the survey uncovers: More than 30 percent of American households have go-to dinner recipes that they turn to once a week (or more). Close to 20 percent of households have a favorite dessert they eat at least once a week. The more you earn, the more likely you are to own a food processor. And larger households -- five people or more -- are more likely than singles to keep marshmallows, frosting, Mexican foods and breakfast foods stocked. 

The average American kitchen always has ... 

1. Yogurt

2. Eggs

3. Cheddar cheese

4. Soy sauce

5. Solid pack pumpkin 

But never has ... 

1. Acai berry juice

2. Fresh artichokes

3. Fresh turnips

4. Mincemeat in any form -- can, jar or package

5. Almonds 

What's the weirdest thing you keep perma-stocked in your kitchen? Tell us what it is on our Facebook page -- if we like your answer, we may use it in an upcoming TODAY Health post! 

Follow TODAY.com health editor Melissa Dahl on Twitter: @melissadahl.

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