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4 Trader Joe’s Produce Items You Should Never Buy (and 3 You Should)


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I’ve eaten my way through pretty much all the produce at Trader Joe’s and have more than a few tips on how to pick the best of the bunch. 

Don’t: Loose, Standard-Sized Avocados 

Too many times I’ve brought a full avocado home, only to find that it either never really ripens, or is mushy brown upon opening.

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Image Credit: Mackenzie Filson

Do: Teeny Tiny Avocados 

These have never let me down when it comes to ripening. Plus, they’re the ideal size for a perfectly single-portioned topping for burrito bowls.

Don’t: Fresh Berries

Like avocados, I buy fresh berries with the best of intentions, only for them to grow fuzzy with mold. Also, fresh berries are often pretty bland.

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Image Credit: Mackenzie Filson

Do: Bananas

These bananas are a steal at only 19 cents. Also, TJ’s gets produce shipments first thing every morning. That means you’ll find more ripeness variety.

Don’t: Bagged Onions 

My produce rule of thumb is: If it seems hard to rotate out, I usually pass. So I always go with the loose option. 

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Do: Fun, Seasonal Fruits

Where TJ’s really shines is its new hybrids or seasonal treats, like rambutans, gooseberries, and Envy apples.

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Don’t: Pre-Chopped Fruit & Vegetables

Sure, these are convenient, but that container is keeping you from lightly squishing, smelling, and getting to know your produce.

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