The early supermarkets must have seemed like a wonderland. A one stop shop for all you needed for a week’s worth of meals. Instead of running all over town to get to the butcher, the baker, the …, you get my point, it was just one stop and home. Then product after product starts arriving, the stores get bigger and what was a fairly easy task now has become chore number 1!
For all the convenience items the food manufacturers have introduced you would have thought grocery shopping would be a piece of cake. Instead, they made it more complicated with the weird additives, the constant barrage or advertising and marketing they put on the boxes, and now a new superfood ever month. Who could possibly keep up with all that?
No matter who you are buying food is part of your weekly routine. If you aren’t currently the primary buyer of the food you probably will find yourself in that role at one time or another. If you didn’t pay attention during early trips to the grocery store you may find yourself at a serious disadvantage. The grocery shopping category as a whole will help you get acclimated and answer some common questions. Think of me as you friendly grocery store employee here to answer whatever question you might have, point you to new products or just trade recipes.
If you are new start here
- setting a budget
- meal planning
- seasonal meal planning
- socially conscious meal planning
- citric acid
- xanthan gum
- sugar snap peas
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Who am I to help
I worked in the grocery business, specifically Trader Joe’s, for over a decade and it was my job to keep up with the fads, the new products, the latest superfoods, and more. My job to be helpful when someone wanted to know what citric acid was and why it is in the canned tomatoes, to find out just how they modified cornstarch, and why that didn’t make it a GMO. Over all of those years, I became more and more interested in how food got on our shelves, why this food and the politics behind labeling.
When I started at Trader Joe’s I was already a food fanatic. That job just took it to another level. I started reading book after book about food, the food system, and farming. I spend my free time reading and writing about all aspects of our food system. This is giving me a pretty deep breadth of knowledge on the topic. I share it here so that you don’t have to spend your free time keeping up with all the tiny details. If you want to learn more about me check out the about page.