29 Jun Grocery Shopping Tips During Quarantine
How are your quarantine reserves holding up? While we have been able to get out to the grocery store all throughout this unprecedented time, have you wanted to? In my travels from one store to the next, I have seen people give up at the prospect of having to wait in line at a store; although I’m not sure which is worse—stores that are obviously limiting capacity, or those that are not.
Either way, know that you don’t have to deal with either lines or exposure risk—you can call or email Sotto Voce to do your shopping for you.
By this time you’ve probably gotten into a rhythm of purchasing your groceries—what you need, how much you need. However, have you ever bought just a bit too much—especially of produce—and ended up throwing a portion of it out because it went moldy or wilted to a point that you really couldn’t use it? Grossed-out because that thawing meat dripped on other items in the fridge?
Here are a few food storage tips from the National Restaurant Association that may help:
- Use FIFO. “FIFO” stands for “First -in, First-out.” Simply put, this means that food with an earlier expiration or use-by date should be utilized before one that has a later date. Take yogurt, for example. Those last two cups of yogurt may expire on July 10 and the new four-pack of yogurt you just bought may not expire until August 20. It is almost instinctual to shove those two cups to the back and put the newly-purchased yogurt in front of it. Don’t do it, though! Take a moment and slide those last two to the front. This will help you avoid any surprises later on, when the new yogurt is gone and all that is left is well past its expiration date. Use this same process in the pantry, too, for items such as bread crumbs or grains. Most particularly, do this with produce. Nothing is worse than finding a rotting fruit or vegetables at the bottom of the crisper!. The extra time you take to rotate your food in the refrigerator, the freezer and the pantry will ultimately save you money.
- Make sure the refrigerator or freezer is not too crowded.Overcrowding prevents cold air from circulating properly and maintaining proper food temperatures.
- Store ready-to-eat foods above raw meat, poultry, and seafood. This will prevent those disgusting drips, and will help keep your family safe from cross-contamination.
- Store dry goods such as flour, cereal, and grains in airtight containers. While the first thought might be to keep out insects, airtight containers keep humidity from affecting cereals and grains, and flour from going moldy.
I hope that these tips help you make the most of your groceries—whether you are doing your own shopping or having Sotto Voce do it for you.
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