How To Shop For Fresh Groceries!

Mapping Out Your Grocery Shopping For Maximum Freshness!


In the not so long ago past our trips to the grocery store were specific "Get the Food and Go". Now with all these, "Super-city-block-sized" retail markets opening up everywhere, the consumers find themselves able to buy from Shoes to Bed Linens and Color TV's along with their regular grocery requirements. This ritual has easily doubled if not tripled the usual time allotment to food shopping.

In order to preserve freshness and quality of your groceries, a route or map of sorts needs to be set up and used. If you want to look everything over first and "window shop" the smart choice is to do that before beginning with the food.

1. Non-perishables: Although the beauty of the fresh produce attracts all your senses do not start with them. The first items to put into your shopping cart are what's called the "non-perishables" and they are all the center items of the store; such as canned and packaged goods, etc. Place items carefully to ensure that cleaners and bleach items remain away from your consumables.

2. Produce: Work from the back of the produce department starting at the "root" so to speak; potatoes, carrots...etc first. Zigzag through the vegetables and if at all possible double bag everything from the "wet counter". Remember most of these items still contain dirt from the farmer's fields. Bagging and tying all these items up keeps you from cross-contaminating your produce. Next on the list is the hard fruit, i.e. melons, apples... again double bagged, and then finally the soft fruit

3. Deli/Bakery: If possible get Deli sliced meats and cheeses double bagged too or use extra ones from produce. Remember to place all bakery items: bread, buns etc on the top of everything to prevent them from getting squished.

4. Meat/Seafood: Make sure all fresh meat and seafood items are properly packaged. Double bag if at all possible, especially the ground beef and shellfish products; i.e. fresh beef patties and raw shrimp. Get the poultry last. All frozen meat items can be carefully placed on top of all "cooler" products, including the deli meats.

*****At this point you're on the stretch for the ‘finish-line' there is product in the shopping cart that needs to be kept cold for optimum freshness. Stay focused on the task at hand now. (no little side trips to check out that gorgeous sofa)*****

5. Dairy: Pick outall dairy items needed leaving milk and eggs for last. Never pick the first or front bag or carton. Better dates are always at the back. Naturally check eggs for breaks -make sure egg cartons are clean, with no dried egg stains. Cheeses need to have a tight vacuum seal. Check best before dates on yogurt, sour cream etc... again the better dates are at the back.

6. Frozen food: All frozen food items should be evenly loaded on top of dairy items. Always get ice cream last.

This mapping of a grocery store will give a safer less "squished" shop.

Examine the cart:

All heavy items line the base, with the produce above piled beside the bread, all cooled items, meat and deli, are surrounded by frozen meat boxes, keeping the "cool" cool. Dairy items are covered with the frozen products and your ice cream has been out of the freezer for a minimal time. Everything is bagged to prevent cross-contamination. All that's left is a very careful pack up. When ever possible use cardboard boxes for all "cool" items these help to insulate foods for the ride home.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for coming by. At the beginning when I made up my 'shopping route' I had to think about how to shop but after doing it this way for years it has become a given and it just comes automatically...

regards Zsuzsy

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Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

Gosh I always go to the fresh stuff first- it just happens to be where the turnstiles are- and then have to rearrange my items on the way out. But this makes alot of sense! Great tips Zsuzsy.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks SweetiePie for coming by. About digg I have no idea how to submit any of my hubs. I believe that's called being technically challenged.

regards Zsuzsy

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Wow Zsuzsy, you know my heart because I love to go grocery shopping. I try to get everything separated, but I will follow these suggestions here for optimal success. I really enjoyed this hub and I hope you submitted it to digg.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Isabella! How are you? I used to hate it when I came home and my groceries were squished and melted. So about 5-6 years ago I sat down and made up my map of the store and have been doing it ever since. Never had melted ice cream in all the years since.

Glad you were able to come by.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Michelle my dear! Glad you were able to come over for a visit. I think with the price of food we have to make sure that everything we put into our shopping cart stays as fresh for as long as possible.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Zsuzsy, yes, ice cream last, that I do too! LOL I shop for my family since I can remember so this info is truly helpful. :)

--Michelle Simtoco

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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

Wow, this is so clever! I'm going to try it. :)

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for coming by CGull and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

The store I shop are almost arranged in this order, now I understand the importance of it. Well done Zsuzsy.

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

C.S. Always glad when you pop in for a visit. We now have one of those new huge 20.5 city-block stores in town. I was at that end of town running some and needed a couple of things from the grocery store. Thinking I might just pop in there to save time- Man-oh-man was I wrong; I could have used a bus to get around in there, it took almost an hour to get 3 items and I still didn't get the lemon juice that I really wanted... I can just imagine what would happen to ice cream if I were stupid enough to try to buy it there. I can garantee you I won't go back there even, for killer sales... my time is worth more then the few pennies I would save shopping there.

Kindest regards and thanks for commenting Zsuzsy

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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

Z. Bee,

Nice package of information, I am sure that this will come in handy to many. I started shopping in the Super Walmart back about 12 years ago in Texas and it was a learned experience. Don't have one close now but a few other stores that I go to on occasion. Thanks for sharing, C.S.Alexis

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look Rodney.

regards Zsuzsy

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rodney southern 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

Wonderful Information. Grreat job on this hub!

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