You’re just trying to make a healthy decision by going to the grocery store and buying fruits and vegetables. You think, “I’m saving money by cooking from home, and I’m making healthy choices because I’m grabbing all of these beautiful fruits and vegetables.” It is good to add produce to your diet, but your efforts may be in vain if you aren’t familiar with some of the secrets behind those pretty aisles of glistening bell peppers and bright oranges. It’s not all quite what it seems. The grocery store has some tricks up their sleeve around how they present and store their produce. You as the consumer also just need to know what to look for to make sure you’re really getting the best product. When is it worth it to spend a few extra bucks? When is it a scam? You just want to provide your family with nutrients. Here are tips for hacking the produce section at your grocery store.
Perhaps those saran-wrapped bundles of carrots look convenient. They’ve already been peeled and trimmed so nicely. Here’s the problem with that: that peel serves as a natural preservative. Now that it’s been removed, the insides of the carrots have been exposed to oxygen and will go soft quickly. This is even truer if the bottoms of the carrots have been cut down to stumps. Grab the unpeeled, uncut variety and trim them yourself when you’re ready to eat them.