I love going to the store, choosing which apple looks perfect to me, and stumbling upon products that weren't necessarily on my shopping list. But there are weeks when it all gets tiresome, and I find myself going to the grocery store more times than makes sense. I've started to get smarter with each trip to the store, acknowledging that there are easy steps that alleviate the potential headache.
How long will chicken stay fresh in the refrigerator? How long can you keep grapes on the countertop? Is it okay to freeze cucumbers? There is a certain amount of common sense when determining if a given food is past its prime (and you can always try a smell test) but for general guidelines and planning purposes this infographic from Visual.ly is incredibly handy. Check out the full graph below with shelf life guides to over 30 uncut, unopened, and uncooked fruits, veggies, meats, condiments and other typical fridge foods:
Q: Are there any phone apps that will help me keep track of prices and sizes so that I can be a better comparison shopper at the grocery store? I frequent three different grocers in my town (and Costco every few months), and such an app would be very handy.
No one intends to waste food, but things happen — an overenthusiastic shopping spree at the farmers' market, an unexpected string of meals eaten out instead of at home, a container of mystery leftovers lurking in the back of the fridge. Fortunately, a lot of food waste can be prevented by integrating little habits into your cooking routine. Not only will you save food, but you'll save money, too.
Have you heard of Good Eggs? This San Francisco-based startup launched last summer, and we're excited about the concept. Basically, Good Eggs is like Etsy for local foodies. It's an online hub where people can find and buy food directly from nearby farmers and food producers, and then arrange to pick it up or have it delivered.
I think I've just discovered the ultimate shopping cart for us carless folks. The Go Up Trolley from Spanish company Playmarket is durable, practically indestructible, easy to maneuver, with a (very) large capacity main bag and a thermal pouch. And it folds down. If you think it looks like a stroller, you're not wrong. That's part of what makes the design so clever and useful:
A few weeks ago I bought a container of fresh, housemade mozzarella from my local gourmet grocery store. I was looking forward to using it in a recipe, but when I opened the plastic container, a fetid smell wafted up from the ball of cheese in its watery broth. The cheese was clearly rancid. I doublechecked the sell-by date — it was well in the future. What should I do, I wondered?
We all splurge at the grocery store from time to time. A wedge of cheese, a nicer bottle of wine, high-end chocolate. These upstanding pleasures, however, are not what I'm talking about today. The grocery store also offers the lure of tasty treats that aren't so gourmet, and packaged foods that do a little extra work for you. Do you ever succumb to these grocery store temptations, bypassing the healthy whole foods and reaching for a processed treat? I do! Let me show you what I feel a teeny bit ashamed about buying last week...
When I bring home a shopping bag full of fresh produce, there is some that goes onto a tray on the countertop and some that goes into the refrigerator's produce bins. And that's about where my divisions stop. But when I found that bananas were hastening the ripening of nearby avocados (which is sometimes unwanted!), I decided to look further into produce storage and adjacencies to avoid. Here's what I found: