Price Check: Coping With Rising Food Costs

Price Check: Coping With Rising Food Costs

Chris Phillips
Feb 8, 2008

We started a conversation about the rising cost of groceries yesterday. Kitchn readers shared their concerns and questions.

Many of you said the rising prices hurt and some agreed that eating out is less expensive than cooking at home.

One of you went as far say to call cooking "quaint and old-fashioned." Say it isn't so!!

Fugitiverouge called out a "perceived prejudice that cooking from scratch is difficult and time consuming and nobody nowadays has time for such things."

Thanks for starting such a great discussion. We're here to swap suggestions and help each other. We've pulled a few highlights from yesterday's discussion after the jump ...

• "Food is my luxury item--like buying King Arthur's flour over the store brand or good chocolate instead of the cheap stuff," said OneWallKitchen.

• "Sometimes fresh produce does feel like a luxury. And organic? Forget it ... Between the stress of shopping and cooking, I am starting to lose all enjoyment for eating," said MJoe.

• "The craft of cooking has gone the way of the crafts of knitting and sewing -- pursued by enthusiasts and professionals, viewed by others as quaint and old-fashioned" said Michellle of Montreal.

• "Shop strategically," said Art. "There are bargains to be had!"

• "Yes, it hurts to spend significantly more on organic foods at the co-op than the cheaper alternatives at Walmart, but it's a choice we can still afford to make. And for that I am thankful," said J.

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