Grocery Shopping Tips

Know the layout of your store: Having a game plan is just as important as having a list. Plotting your stops in the store gives you a more direct path which, in result, creates an efficient trip which may allow some extra perusing if wanted.

Dry Goods First: While not knowing how long you plan to shop, common sense tells you to buy your dry goods first since they do not need any type of refrigeration. This ties in to your gameplan and knowledge of layout of your store.

Don’t be shy: Ask for advice from the department employees. Good stores have knowledgeable associates in each department. They can help you make the choice that is right for you. Also, do not be afraid to ask for a specific item. If you do not like the choices available, ask if there are any other choices in the back, or if they can prepare, cut, or slice another one. This should apply to all departments.

Avoid defrost: Always purchase your frozen items right before you are ready to check out. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself 30 minutes from placing the frozen item in your cart to placing it in your freezer at home. For those who are required to travel far, carrying a cooler is helpful. Employees should be able to supply some ice with your purchases to help hold temperature.

Shopping for Vegetables- How to select the best artichokes: Be familiar with size categories. Here are some correlations to help judge sizes: Jumbo = Softball, Large = Baseball, Medium = Tennis Ball, Baby = Golf Ball. Pick up the Artichokes and feel the weight. You’re searching for those that feel the heaviest and firmest. Now examine the exterior. You’re looking for artichokes that have a healthy green color, compact center leaves and an overall look of freshness. During the winter months, if you see Artichokes with a blotchy colored or white-blistered exterior appearance, be sure to try one. The appearance of these Artichokes is the result of exposure to colder temperatures and frost. Connoisseurs believe these “Frost-Kissed” Artichokes are more tender and have a flavorful, nutty zest.


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