Happy Monday! We have crazy weather on the way, so brace yourself for lots of food posts!
Thanks again for all the grocery feedback from yesterday! It seems from all your comments that $100/week for two people isn’t all that bad. I think I’ll be keeping my budget at $100/week. However, I’m going to work on being more strict about that budget and much less fluid. No more random mid-week $20 drops at Whole Foods!
Expect a post similar to yesterday’s once a week in February. Feedback is oh-so-appreciated!
As a follow-up, I thought I’d go into a little more detail about the produce I look for at the grocery store (I’ll address dairy, meat, and bread products in other posts). This also might address a few of your comments.
When I’m looking for fresh fruits and veggies, I keep the Dirty Dozen in mind first. You’ve probably seen this list around several blogs in the last year or so, but it’s a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. I won’t go into detail (I think I may have discussed this before?) but here’s the list:
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale, and collard greens
The Clean 15 include:
I’d prefer to buy all organic produce, but that’s not always in the cards due to 1) budget and 2) availability. So I stick to the Dirty Dozen and base my purchases on what’s available and priced right, and visit my regular grocery store and Whole Foods if necessary.
(If I eat the skin, I buy organic, always!)
Organic greens are really important to me. I’ve seen way too many outbreaks from chemicalized greens, so I go 100% organic spinach, kale, and lettuce. Also, even though onions are on the “clean” list (even the clean produce registers pesticides!), I try and buy organic because I eat so many of them, and the price is usually right ($2.99/bag of organic at WF).
The only exception to my organic “policy” is when I buy from the farmer’s market. I like supporting local food, and most small farms use techniques similar to organic farms.
I prefer fresh or frozen produce to canned. Frozen produce is a lot less likely to have any added sodium or preservatives, and the freezing process often keeps more of the nutrients in tact than even fresh has, since fresh loses nutrients as it travels and sits out at the store!
I’ll buy canned beans and tomatoes, and that’s about it. Beans are always organic and tomatoes should be, but my local grocery store doesn’t carry organic canned tomatoes, so I just make sure there’s no added anything.
Lastly, a couple people mentioned only grocery shopping 1-2 times per month. This is likely the economical way to go, no doubt, but 1) I can’t imagine meal-planning that far in advance and 2) I really enjoy grocery-shopping weekly! I questioned whether your produce keeps for two weeks at a time but after thinking about it, much of mine does.
Thanks for all your thoughts! I have some great recipes scheduled for this week and with an approaching ice storm and at least one work-at-home day tomorrow, I’ll be post lots of food porn!
Stay safe tonight and tomorrow, if you’re in St. Louis!
Question: Do you have any tricks for keeping produce fresh?