Groceries
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America’s Favorite Fruit Is About to Get a Whole Lot More Expensive
Avocado-lovers need to brace their wallets, as prices of the healthy fruit are going to continue increasing. Bloomberg reports that a combination of growing demand and a smaller crop will keep the cost of avocados high this year. Right now, a 22-pound box of Hass avocados from Mexico cost $27.89. That’s double what it cost last year and the highest prices have been in the past 19 years. Part of the reason is growing demand.
May 4, 2017
3 Ways My Mom Made Grocery Shopping Fun
The supermarket can be a very not fun place — especially for kids.
May 1, 2017
This New Starbucks Roastery Is Basically the Disney World of Coffee
Starbucks has plans to go from “grande” to “trenta” for their new upscale location on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The Seattle-based coffee company announced their plan to open an interactive 43,000-square-foot, four-story Roastery in the windy city. The location should be up and running by 2019.
Apr 27, 2017
This Mainstream Supermarket Wants to Buy Whole Foods
If grocery chain Albertsons has its way, it’ll be adding a fancier supermarket to its roster: Whole Foods. According to the Financial Times, the private equity firm that owns Albertsons is looking to acquire the Austin-based upscale grocer, known for retailing organic and natural products. The Financial Times reports, citing anonymous sources, that Cerberus Capital Management is in discussions with bankers to place an offer on Whole Foods.
Apr 27, 2017
The Cut of Chicken That Gives You the Most Meat for Your Money
When it comes to buying chicken and getting a good deal for your money, the price tag doesn’t tell the whole story. Yes, it tells us dollar-per-pound cost, but if you consider price alone you miss one important thing: the bones. While bone-in options can be particularly economical and flavorful, a smaller percentage of the package you paid for is actually edible (stock-making aside). Do you know which cut of chicken actually gives you the most meat for your money? Are you surprised?
Apr 18, 2017
Introverts, Rejoice! You Can Now Get Grocery Samples by Mail from Sam’s Club.
One of the best things to do when walking down the aisles of a wholesale retailer like Costco or Sam’s Club is to try all the samples. Oh, you want some cheese? Here you go! Oh, you’d like to try that new drink on sale? No problem! This offers consumers a risk-free way of trying new products without having to make a purchase they’ll potentially later regret. For the retailer, it introduces consumers to a new item they can buy, which can possibly increase sales.
Apr 12, 2017
5 Things I Learned About Grocery Shopping in College That I Still Use Today
Navigating the grocery store was a shock when I went to college. I grew up with my mom buying everything for the household, and suddenly I was alone and struggling to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner a reality. How did I create a budget? What’s the deal with leftovers? Just like everything in college, grocery shopping was a learning curve and I made plenty of mistakes along the way. During my freshman year I had no concept of budgeting when it came to grocery shopping.
Mar 29, 2017
Our Favorite Trader Joe’s Items That Save Us Time in the Kitchen
Discover something new to help make your time in the kitchen a little bit easier.
Mar 26, 2017
Traditional Grocery Stores Can’t Keep Up with Digital Shopping
Those who regularly shop at the grocery stores may have noticed a trend over the past few years: the prices are getting better and better. It’s not an illusion — chain supermarkets have been lowering their rates to keep up with the competitive times. USA Today reports the pricing scale is offering shoppers great bargains, but it’s taking the axe to grocery store’s profits.
Mar 24, 2017
This French Grocery Store Commercial Will Make You Cry
Grocery stores are wonderful places for many of us who love food — places of solace, joy, adventure, and family. What they really aren’t is romantic. Until now. French grocery chain Intermarche has just figured out how to make even the most mundane chore during the weekday nostalgic, romantic, and downright beautiful with their sweet commercial (and to be honest, this is really more like a mini movie than a commercial).
Mar 17, 2017
Where to Buy Lucky Charms Marshmallows (Without the Pesky Cereal)
In case you were starting to worry the internet held no more surprises, we present the fact that — you guessed it — you can buy cereal marshmallows in bulk. Finally, a way to live out our childhood fantasies of eating bowls of all-marshmallow Lucky Charms! This fact first came to our attention through a short piece on the site called Cereal Marshmallows, which is devoted to the crispy dehydrated marshmallows of our childhood dreams.
Mar 16, 2017
The 5 Best Budget Cuts of Pork and How to Cook Them
Pork chops and tenderloin are favorites among many, but these mild-flavored, lean cuts come with a higher price tag to match. Look inside the meat case and you’ll find a selection of options to get your fill of pork without killing your food budget for the week — you just have to know what to look for and what to do with it when you get home. Here are our five favorite budget buys and how to cook them to perfection.
Mar 15, 2017
Whole Foods Is Celebrating Pi Day with the Sweetest Deal
The 14th of March is commonly known as Pi Day around the world — a holiday celebrating the mathematical constant Pi, which is approximately 3.14159 and has 6.4 billion known digits. Lucky for you, you don’t need to be a mathematician to take part in this special day. In fact, Pi Day is really just an excuse to have as much pie and pizza as you can possibly handle. Don’t have time to make your own sweet or savory pie? Whole Foods is here to help you out.
Mar 14, 2017
10 Things Your Grocery Store Butcher Can Do for You (That You Didn’t Expect)
Butchers aren’t just there to grab the second sirloin from the back out of the meat case for you; they are equipped to do all sorts of meat-related tasks, probably much better than you would do yourself. All you have to do is ask. We spoke to butchers from Stew Leonard’s, Publix, and Sprouts to get a refresher on what you can ask your grocery store butcher to do for you.
Mar 8, 2017
How Grocery Delivery Changed My Relationship with Shopping
A few weeks ago I caught sight of my overworked, frazzled, absent-minded self in the big mirror in my local grocery store and did a double take; as unbelievable as it was, I had managed to go to the store wearing my pajamas. I honestly thought I’d remembered to change into jeans and a T-shirt. One embarrassing trip wouldn’t be so bad, but it happens more often than not — mostly when I’ve run out of something, usually coffee or milk, which I need in order to function.
Mar 6, 2017
The Key Steps to Making a Food Budget That Works for You
How do you create a food budget that works? I mean, you could just buy what you want and let the chips fall where they may. You could buy only what you need, but sometimes, uh, you really need a gallon of high-end ice cream. As boring as it sounds, having a food budget — a distinct allowance for grocery shopping — really is important. In fact, it’s key to living within your means and achieving your financial goals.
Mar 1, 2017
10 Fun Ingredients to Have on Hand Just Because
Snow days are like unplanned, inconvenient little vacations. All your plans are cancelled whether you like it or not. (Surprise!) Resistance is futile. There is nothing to do but lean in. That includes partaking in cooking projects and indulging in some special-occasion treats. What else are you going to do? Unpopped popcorn: The ultimate snack for hunkering down and staying in, popcorn is satisfying, festive, and very, very easy.
Feb 22, 2017
Lidl Supermarket Could Be Big News for Trader Joe’s and Aldi Fans
Grocery stores are the stuff of cults and obsessions — just ask anyone who has ever stepped foot inside of a Trader Joe’s. Our readers have shared their love for many a grocery store, including the big-hitters like Costco, Whole Foods, and Aldi, but there’s a new store coming to the United States that might just be the new favorite in town.
Feb 17, 2017
5 Budget Cuts of Beef You Should Be Buying, According to a Butcher
What should you be buying from your butcher? Theo Weening, the global meat buyer for Whole Foods, shares his favorite budget-friendly cuts of meat. Why? They’re like steak, but a lot cheaper and really hard to screw up. First of all, I like the flavor profile. Short ribs are tender and have a lot more flavor than some other cuts. It has the bone in it, so when you serve it, it has a nice look to it. It looks really substantial.
Feb 9, 2017
Here’s Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About Cabbage in the U.K.
There’s a vegetable shortage in the U.K. that has Brits freaking out and buying a whole lot of seeds. After floods and storms in southern Europe destroyed crops, there’s a deficit for iceberg lettuce, broccoli, courgettes, eggplants, and vegetable of the moment, cabbage. The deficit has U.K. retailers rationing supplies across the country. Experts anticipate the shortage to last until April or May. Lettuce is especially vulnerable since it is sensitive to temperature.
Feb 9, 2017
Amazon’s Supposed Automated Grocery Store Will Have as Little as 3 Human Employees
Online shopping platform Amazon is working on its first physical convenience store and, according to reports, an automated grocery store could be next. The New York Post reports Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has toyed with the idea of a two-story grocery store equipped with a staff of robots and as little as three human staff members.
Feb 9, 2017
Whole Foods’ New Feature Is a Meal-Prepper’s Dream
Whole Foods has always been a bit of a playground for food-lovers. Patrons are used to sushi made in front of them, artisanal water from all ends of the earth, and the option of reusable grocery bags. This new produce butcher feature, however, really puts things over the top for meal prep-lovers.
Feb 1, 2017
Scientists Are Redesigning Grocery Stores to Help You Eat Healthier
What will it take for people to consume more vegetables? Scientists are exploring this exact point in a very specific location: the aisles of grocery stores. Researchers at the University of Oxford are working with British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to see if redesigning the store can nudge consumers to purchase more fruits and vegetables. One proposal is to place vegetarian alternatives to meat products on the same shelves.
Jan 25, 2017
5 Reasons the Beer Can Totally Crushes the Beer Bottle
We’ve all been there, whether at a housewarming, engagement brunch, or Super Bowl party: You open the fridge to see a phalanx of beer bottles on one shelf, and then a stack of beer cans on another. Assuming, for the purposes of this exercise, that the cans and bottles are the same brand — which do you choose? Based on the following five reasons, I say you should, without hesitation, reach for an icy-cold … can. Here’s why.
Jan 25, 2017
10 Tips for a Happier Trip to the Grocery Store
Some people find grocery shopping tedious or boring — hence the invention of grocery delivery services and meal kits — especially those of us who shop once a week or more. Over the years, I’ve adopted a few habits that make grocery shopping easier or, dare I say, more fun — even with two kids in tow.
Jan 19, 2017
My Healthy Habit Challenge: I’m Gonna Buy More than Four Types of Produce
Welcome to our Healthy Habit Challenge! Instead of focusing on (impossible-to-keep) new year’s resolutions, this year we’re challenging four writers to start a new healthy habit. These challenges aren’t about cutting out sugar, going on a diet, or focused on the negative. They’re about doing something new and good — and making it second-nature.
Jan 18, 2017
Trader Joe’s Wine Tasting Room Comes to Bay Area
If you live in the Bay Area and are a Trader Joe’s aficionado, your Saturday nights are about to become a whole lot greater. The Mercury News reports the second Trader Joe’s in the region (in Menlo Park) has been approved to maintain a wine and beer tasting area.
Jan 13, 2017
My Healthy Habit Challenge: I’m Gonna Start Meal Planning
Welcome to our Healthy Habit Challenge! Instead of focusing on (impossible-to-keep) New Year’s resolutions, this year we’re challenging four writers to start a new healthy habit. These challenges aren’t about cutting out sugar or going on a diet or focused on the negative. They’re about doing something new and good — and making it second-nature.
Jan 9, 2017
Did You See the Trader Joe’s Float at the Rose Parade?
If you’re obsessed with Trader Joe’s, you’re in good company. Everything from the cult grocery chain’s cookie butter to its frozen section has devoted fans. That’s why it’s no surprise that this beloved grocery store gets its own float in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. Did you catch this year’s creation in the lineup? The float, which was themed “All Aboard!
Jan 3, 2017
Oreo Candy Bars Exist and They Sound Magical
Just when we thought the good people at Nabisco had reached the limits of innovation with Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, they’ve surprised us once again. Oreo has teamed up with German chocolate brand Milka to concoct ingenious Oreo-filled milk chocolate bars. The crossover candy bars debuted in Europe last year in two varieties: “Milka Oreo Big Crunch Candy Bar” and “Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar.
Nov 22, 2016
The 5 Things You Should Buy from Trader Joe’s Now for Thanksgiving and Beyond
We love Trader Joe’s for their regular lineup of freezer staples, pantry basics, and of course, the quirky finds This festive and fizzy nonalcoholic drink is made with fresh fruit, and boasts a refreshing sweet and tart flavor. It’s a welcome addition to Thanksgiving dinner and holiday brunches in place of alcoholic beverages and even juice. Change up your apple cider game with this seasonal spiced pear and cinnamon number.
Nov 16, 2016
The One-Stop Thanksgiving Shopping Guide: Costco
Feeding a crowd this Thanksgiving? You can literally get every ingredient for dinner and the table to serve it on in one stop at Costco.
Nov 14, 2016
The Fastest Line at the Grocery Store, According to The New York Times
What’s your strategy for choosing the shortest line at the grocery store? Do you just go for length of the line? Do you try to decipher if anyone standing in line is actually together? Do you look to see how many baskets versus carts are in line? A new study by Christopher Mele for The New York Times suggests a new way to get through the line faster, and it’s not what you think. According to Mele, you should choose the shortest line where shoppers have the fullest carts.
Sep 12, 2016
7 Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches (and Burritos) Worth Buying
We’d love to keep our freezers stocked with make-ahead breakfast sandwiches at all times, but sometimes the convenience of store-bought is just a gift. These days the freezer section is filled with an ever-growing selection of breakfast sandwiches. From choices in bread that span English muffins to tortillas, to meat-filled and vegan options, there’s a sandwich out there for every taste and preference.
Sep 10, 2016
How I Use Costco and My Freezer for a Month of Breakfast Sandwiches
Bulking up the freezer with breakfast options is one of the secrets to successful meal planning. Costco and an afternoon of cooking is the secret to making freezer breakfasts to last my family a month. Here’s how a trip to Costco and one afternoon of work can save breakfast — one freezer sandwich at a time. While a dozen freezer breakfast burritos might last a week or two in your house, they last just three days with my family of four.
Sep 8, 2016
3 Reasons Why You Should Actually Buy That Mini Watermelon
Years ago your only choice for watermelon was the big 20-pounder or perhaps wedges of that behemoth cut and wrapped nicely by your grocery store staff. Nowadays, however, the larger watermelons have minis to compete with. And frankly, I like mini watermelons — the ones that clock in at around five pounds — a whole lot more. Here are three reasons why I believe mini watermelons are the ones to buy.
Aug 25, 2016
5 Tips for Proper Grocery Store Corn Etiquette
Watching customers at a grocery store shop for corn is surprisingly fascinating. Every person, myself included, has a different method for checking whether the ears they are buying meet their standards. It’s hard to tell if you’ve got perfect corn kernels behind those thick husks, but what’s really OK when it comes to inspecting corn? Seriously, please don’t be that person.
Jul 20, 2016
5 Things to Look for When Buying Eggplant at the Grocery Store
When eggplant season is in full swing, I find myself buying more than I can carry. The meaty vegetable is just so versatile — throw it on the grill, roast it, stir-fry it, and more. Instead of haphazardly grabbing one and hoping for the best, be sure to check for these five things when picking out an eggplant to ensure you’re getting a fresh one. Eggplant should feel heavy in your hand, which is a sign that the flesh is fresh and in good condition.
Jul 16, 2016
5 Ways to Turn a Grocery Stop into a Great Road Trip Meal
It’s the eighth hour of your road trip and you’re famished. What do you do? Fast food feels like the easy answer, but wait! There’s another way. Before you pull up to that window and order a cheeseburger and fries, consider the surprising yet obvious alternative: the grocery store. Grocery stores are usually easy to spot, just off the highway, and nearly as quick, yet so much better than a greasy paper bag of fast food. So, what do you buy at the grocery store?
Jul 14, 2016
I Tried Every Bartles & Jaymes Wine Cooler and Ranked Them
I still remember when (long before my 21st birthday), my dad tossed me a neon pineapple-flavored wine cooler at the beach. “It’s just a wine cooler,” he said, “It won’t hurt you.” Although that statement isn’t completely true (as many of us learned in college), there is something incredibly innocent about these mesmerizingly colored, dangerously easy bottled beverages.
Jun 21, 2016
5 Tips for Preparing & Organizing the Ramadan Kitchen
Tackling a month’s worth of meals during Ramadan might seem similar to tackling a usual month’s meals, except for one key difference: You’re fasting for most of the time you’d usually spend doing meal prep. Trying to doing that on a nearly empty stomach isn’t exactly easy. That’s why taking the time to get ahead before Ramadan begins is so important.
Jun 10, 2016
The Grocery-Store Tea That Changed My Life
I tried it all: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, hot packs, exercising, wishing for a quick and painless death. Then, I discovered relief in a common grocery-store tea.
May 24, 2016
These Are the Most Popular Trader Joe’s Products of 2015
For the last seven years, Trader Joe’s has asked customers to vote on their favorite products. From baked goods to beverages to produce, these are the things customers loved to buy from Trader Joe’s in 2015. Did your favorite product make the list? According to loyal customers of Trader Joe’s, the cookie butter is the overall fan favorite. It was also the number-one pick last year, so it’s interesting to see that this trend is still holding strong. Have you tried it yet?
Jan 5, 2016
Why Your Grocery Store Serves Sushi
I grew up in a world where putting powdered butter-like flavoring over broccoli was common, and eating curdled dairy by the spoonful was completely fine — but raw fish and cucumbers wrapped in rice was absolutely terrifying. Sushi has come a long way. While I can count on one hand the number of family members who’d eat even a simple California roll, I’m happy to say it’s become a norm in the grocery store.
Dec 17, 2015
5 Trader Joe’s Party Appetizers We Love (Plus 5 to Pass On)
Whether you’re throwing a dinner party, having people over to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or hosting an impromptu happy hour after work, there’s no need to go all Martha with the appetizers. Instead, just check out Trader Joe’s frozen, ready-to-heat appetizers. There are some great options out there that need nothing more than a short spin through the oven, which means you can focus on more important things like, um, cleaning up your kitchen before guests arrive.
Dec 9, 2015
Your Wine Cheat Sheet
If you’re skipping the sangria (you don’t have to — you can do it on a budget) or don’t want to be bothered with cocktails but still want to do some sipping with Thanksgiving dinner, plan on having a few house bottles of white and red wine. Picking two wines and sticking to them throughout the night keeps things nice and easy from both a drinking and buying perspective: Choose the two wines you want to serve, and pick up a few bottles of each. Easy.
Nov 18, 2015
Thanksgiving on a $100 Budget: A Shopping List, with Tips
Can you throw a bountiful, generous feast for a big crowd on a budget? Absolutely! We shared our menu for Thanksgiving for 10 on a $100 budget, and our super budget sangria. To make this classic Thanksgiving feast a reality in your own kitchen, here’s a full shopping list. But first — a few words of wisdom from our readers on budget shopping for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays.
Nov 18, 2015
A Guide to Surviving Your First Solo Shopping Trip to Costco
Costco is a grocery store like none other. A membership card is required, the shelves stretch to infinity, and the carts are extra-big. A few months ago, I followed my mom around Costco to see what the fuss was about. Last week, I took my first solo trip, confident that I was about to be the boss of this shopping experience. I was not. I stumbled out in a zombie-walk, clutching my mega-pack of toilet paper beneath one arm and moonshiner’s jug of Bulleit whiskey with the other.
Nov 3, 2015
13 Thoughts Everyone Has While Waiting in the Grocery Store Check-Out Line
You remembered to bring your coupons, you found the food on your grocery list, and now all that stands between you and home is the check-out line. Sometimes it’s super short and you can run right through, and other times it’s a drawn-out process with lots of heartache. Such is the life of a home cook. Grocery shopping is a war zone and everyone is a soldier.
Oct 7, 2015
Here’s a Visual Guide to the 34 Ingredients in Cool Ranch Doritos
New book Ingredients takes popular processed foods and photographs their individual chemical components. So what does it take to make Cool Ranch Doritos? The 34 ingredients you see pictured. Turns out even the cheese in Cool Ranch Doritos is composed of 10 flavors and chemicals. This book delves into other popular foods, like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Quaker Instant Oatmeal, and visually explores just how processed modern food production has become.
Sep 22, 2015
Yes, a Pantry Challenge Can Save You Money. Here’s How.
It’s been seven years since I first started doing a regular pantry challenge, and it’s never failed me in saving money and helping our family stay under budget. If you’ve never heard of a pantry challenge, know that it’s not complicated; it’s simply making the effort to use up what you already have. By not buying more (because you already have what you need), you lower your grocery budget for that period of time.
Sep 1, 2015
Can You Recommend Good Red and White Wines for Cooking?
Q: I just started cooking with wine, and I love the flavor it adds to my food. Unfortunately, I don’t like to drink it, so I don’t know what a good wine for cooking would be. What are some recommendations for good red and white wines to use in my cooking? Sent by Madi Editor: Choose a wine that’s reasonably priced and versatile. With whites your best bet is something that’s dry and crisp, like sauvignon blanc, an unoaked chardonnay, or even sparkling wine.
Aug 25, 2015
I Followed My Mom Around Costco and This Is What I Learned
For one thing, there's a giant bag of greens for just $2.50.
Aug 7, 2015
The Art of Shopping and Preparing for Shabbat Dinner
Because Shabbat comes every week, it often feels like as soon as the dishes from this week’s dinner are over, I am starting to plan the next one. Over the years, I have come up with a few strategies to keep the planning and prep simple and organized, so I can enjoy it almost as much as the dinner itself. Before crafting a menu, I check in with guests about their dietary needs. We keep a kosher home, so we are already set for both kosher and non kosher guests.
Jul 30, 2015
Break the Rules: 10 Wines to Drink with Ice Cream
Who says you can’t drink wine with your ice cream? Ask most wine professionals, and they’ll tell you, “Pairing wine with ice cream is one of those ‘impossible pairings.’ Go with beer or have a sip of whiskey, instead.” But what if you are presented with a situation where wine is your only option, or what if you simply love wine and ice cream together? Adaptability is a positive quality, so let’s break some rules.
Jul 22, 2015
3 Things You Should Be Buying Right Now in Your Grocery Store
A savvy shopper keeps an eye on the the perimeter of the store, with its seasonal changes in selection and price being the easiest to track. But even though every grocery is filled with products boasting nonstop claims, I’ve yet to see a sticker on a container of strawberries that says, “Now in season: I taste better!” Food marketers, please go forth and make this change upon our shopping experience. In the meantime, here’s a list of what tastes great this month.
Jul 14, 2015
4 Ways My Family Stays on Budget While Traveling
My husband and I love to travel. After years of scrimping, saving, and paying off debt, we reached a point in our family life where we could swing the costs of family travel. While our family particularly loves Santa Barbara and Mammoth Lakes as closer-to-home locations, we were able to introduce our children to England and France when we spent a month there last fall.
Jul 8, 2015
The 5 Best Trader Joe’s Wines (Under $10!) to Drink with Pizza
It’s Pizza Week here at The Kitchn, and pizza means wine. The classic combination of cheese and tomato will never get old, but I’m also glad that pizza now means something more. Pizza crust is basically a blank canvas, like a tortilla or toast; once you see it as such, the ingredient combinations are endless, as are the wine-pairing possibilities. Who doesn’t love finding a killer bottle of wine under 10 bucks? I certainly do.
Jul 7, 2015
The 10 Most Annoying Food Packaging Quirks
Food-packaging technology is part of what ensures the food we buy stays intact during the shipping, shelving, and shopping that needs to happen before we bring it home from the store. For the most part, packaging is fairly effective — even ingenious. However, there are some foods that are packaged in ways that make me shake my fist in frustration: “Why, oh why, do they make it so hard?” Come on, I know you feel me here.
Jun 25, 2015
6 Ways to Host Without Going into Hock
Best-Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Over the last four weeks, our family has celebrated Father’s Day and two birthdays, as well as hosted houseguests three times. We’ve absolutely loved the feasting and fun, but my grocery budget has definitely been challenged. While I am rarely tempted to splurge in a clothing store, the supermarket is another story.
Jun 23, 2015
Save Money by Stocking Up on These Foods During the Summer
One of my favorite strategies for saving money on food costs is stocking my pantry and freezer to serve me all year long. Packaged foodstuffs generally last for many months, which means I can stock up on a great sale and use those items far past their typical “season.” Also, learning a few tricks in food preservation allows me to extend the shelf life of seasonal produce and enjoy summer fruits in the dead of winter. Here are few of the seasonal deals I look for throughout the year.
Jun 9, 2015
If You See Any of These 12 Things at the Farmers Market, Buy Them Now
As exciting as it may be to see table after table heaped with colorful fresh, local food during the growing season, it can also be overwhelming. And it’s nearly impossible to eat all the seasonal produce you encounter, unless you’ve got a clan whose hunger and numbers are sizable (and tons of time on your hands). You gotta have a strategy and pick out the things that really count.
Jun 3, 2015
How Familiarity with Your Grocery Store Can Save You Money
Does it matter where you grocery shop? I mean, aren’t all stores basically the same? No, they aren’t. In fact, there can be a huge range of pricing for the very same item in a number of stores. Where you shop can save you money. But did you know that shopping at the same store can also reduce your grocery bill week after week? Familiarity can breed contempt — but I prefer when it saves me some coin.
May 19, 2015
Why Labneh Should Be Just as Popular as Yogurt
If you’ve ever bought a tub of labneh – that ultra-strained, lightly salty, Middle Eastern yogurt “cheese” – or made it yourself through a process of straining yogurt via suspension or compression, you may have noticed one particular thing: it lasts a really, really long time without getting moldy or otherwise spoiling. It can last for weeks, and still taste as good as when freshly bought or made. This shouldn’t surprise us, right?
May 8, 2015
Why Yogurt Is So Much More than a Healthy Substitute
I understand why people view yogurt as a substitute. The problem comes when that becomes not just the headline, but the whole story. Because of its acidic properties, its creamy richness, and its body, yogurt does indeed make a fine substitute for other cultured dairy products like sour cream and buttermilk. Fact is, if a pancake or waffle recipe calls for buttermilk and you only have yogurt, you can go ahead and replace it. (Consider thinning it with a bit of milk first.
May 7, 2015
Why I Don’t Buy Fat-Free Yogurt
I grew up eating low-fat yogurt. Not because I was afraid of fat, but because low-fat yogurt dominated the yogurt case. I grabbed it because it was the default option, and I rarely gave the fat content another thought. When Greek yogurt arrived, something changed. Maybe it was marketing, or maybe it was all the press coverage, but suddenly, nonfat Greek yogurt seemed to be the “it” thing.
May 6, 2015
Why I Believe We Should All Eat More Plain Yogurt
Since I’m not a dietitian or a dentist or an expert on childhood obesity, I look at yogurt as a food to consume first and foremost for pleasure, and only second, for health. Food as medicine is a popular topic, and a worthy one, but it’s really not my professional or personal focus. So what I’m about to say may surprise you: Despite the above caveat, I still think people who consume large quantities of yogurt should consider stocking up on (or making) big tubs of plain yogurt.
May 5, 2015
The Yogurt Aisle Is Getting Wild: Here Are 4 Tips for Navigating and Finding New Favorites
For years, the cereal aisle represented, to me at least, the bounty of the typical American grocery store. I mean, anyone who has lived outside the US for an extended period and then returns to our shores is often shocked at the sheer breadth and scope of offerings – the bright colors, the wide-ranging flavors, the smiling cartoon characters! Cereal was always the food we had in abundance more than any other. Until now. Now it’s yogurt.
May 4, 2015
10 Things to Buy at a Mexican Grocery Store
Do you shop in Mexican or Latin American grocery stores? If not, you may be missing out on some good ingredients — not to mention good deals on groceries you usually buy elsewhere. We sat down and talked to Top Chef Season 12 finalist Melissa King about some of her experiences with Mexican cuisine, and she shared with us some of the ingredients she always stocks up on when she’s shopping in those stores!
May 1, 2015
Do Missing Ingredients Make You Panic? 4 Tips for Facing Your Fear
For those of us who did not grow watching Grandma make pasta from scratch, the kitchen can be a scary place. From the store to the sauté pan, there’s a lot to learn and often a lot at stake for the beginner cook — like, an edible dinner. These fears often keep people from trying something new or cooking at all. Which is why, one by one, in this new column we will tackle these roadblocks.
Apr 16, 2015
5 Grocery Store Myths That Need to Be Stopped
There are many theories, myths, and misconceptions about how and why grocers operate.
Apr 14, 2015
5 Benefits to Paying Attention to Sales When Grocery Shopping
I started grocery shopping when I was a teenager. I worked as a “bag girl” at the local Lucky Store so my mind was literally on food at least four hours a day. I convinced my dad to let me do the family grocery shopping. I made a list of meals I wanted to eat during the week and bought the items on the list. Rarely did I take inventory or adhere to a food budget. I just bought what I wanted. This habit followed me into my college and newlywed years.
Apr 7, 2015