How Is This Fare?

By Young1s Latest Reply 2013-10-15 13:29:04 -0500
Started 2013-10-13 00:36:46 -0500

So I realized that my food, produce in particular, has been going by the wayside a lot sooner than usual. I thought it was a temp issue in the fridge but when adjusted it but nothing changed. Had the conversation with a friend who is a little more well off than me and she suggested that it's my store's product and proximity. Now don't get me wrong. I know things like this can happen but was kinda hoping that things have gotten better, not worse, in these times. But lately not really sure. Silly me right? Can't tell you how many fruits and veg that went bad before their time as of late. It's more than frustrating to say the least. Anyone else experiencing this?

18 replies

RachelChavez 2013-10-15 13:29:04 -0500 Report

I don't know how often you shop but I grocery shop once a week with a meal plan. I think this can be the easier way to go because you are buying the produce often and with a plan so it doesn't have a chance to spoil. I will make my meal plan so the most perishable items are used at the beginning of the week and the least perishable towards the end. I also try to get produce that naturally has a longer shelf life like apples, pineapples, carrots, potatoes, etc.

You should also try to figure out when your store gets the new produce in and hit it then. For me, our store gets the fresh produce in on Tuesday mornings so I get there first thing in the morning, often when they are still stocking it so I know I am getting the freshest they have available. I think the change in seasons is always hard for produce too with the ending of the growing seasons and the wait before the next. I hope you can find some solutions soon!

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-10-13 21:50:47 -0500 Report

Believe it or not, I find the best produce at my local Walmart. They out do Kroger and even the local farmer for the most part. Strange, I know…

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:49:37 -0500 Report

The nearest Walmart to me is miles and miles away. By the time I got my food home, half the stuff would be beyond saving. That's how far it is.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-10-13 20:36:07 -0500 Report

We stopped shopping for fresh produce and meat, even some frozen items, at a local big chain store when we lived in a small town. Their freight would come in dry vans rather than refrigerated cans, or not have the reefers running. We saw meat turning nasty colors in their display case due to improper temperature control during shipping. Even now in the big city, Hubby will drive around past the receiving docks to see how the products we intend to purchase have been shipped.
I remember watching semis with dry vans being loaded at the potato barns in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. A refrigerated van would protect the spuds from temperature damage.
Some chains turn away loads of produce at their receiving docks that do not meet their standard that a trucker can unloaded later at a less selective store.
During sweet corn season you might notice semis that have a lot of water running from the back of their van. Shippers add ice with the corn in dry vans to keep it fresh. The trucker hopes to get the corn to its destination before the ice melts too much. But also is hoping enough ice melts so the load is no longer overweight when it crosses a highway scale.
Also, despite fresh food available out of season, there are times you are buying produce from the last of the growing season months after it was harvested and has been held in cold storage. When my Mom asked an apple delivery person at her favorite store which apples he would recommend, he told her none of these he had that day. He said he would wait several months until the new harvest was in.

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:48:02 -0500 Report

My friend recommended that I start blanching my veggies and then freezing them. May have to do that. Also, she gave me a tip on how to give berries and the such a vinegar and water bath to keep them longer. The thing is, I have been using these same stores for years so clearly something is going on with them, seeing that my practices haven't changed. And you are right about the meats too. If I let them sit for a day in the fridge, they start turning brown immediately. What the heck is up with that? Makes me seriously consider going vegetarian. But then, that doesn't seem to be a good answer either…ugh.

GabbyPA 2013-10-13 20:23:16 -0500 Report

I have noticed that my Publix is going through the same thing. I bring home produce all the time and sometimes with in a day, it's molded. And to find a cucumber that is not like rubber is almost impossible right now. I thought it was just me....interesting. This is why I like to grow my own. But seasonal items are not always what I want on the menu.

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:42:50 -0500 Report

Exactly. Sometimes you want what you want. I had a head of lettuce that rotted within 2 days. Really!?! I can't afford to waste money on food like this. It's just such a shame.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-13 18:55:40 -0500 Report

I have not noticed because my veggies either come from my sisters garden plot or the Farmers Market. I can get fresh greens from the Farmers Market until December because of winter crops. I buy, cook and freeze. They don't go bad in the freezer.

I would change to a larger supermarket. Like Nick said, the smaller stores cannot buy bulk the way the larger stores do therefore, their veggies are on the shelf longer.

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:39:58 -0500 Report

I hear you but the supermarket I frequent the most is a large chain. Also, it is so big that if you spend 30 minutes in there, you still wouldn't get through half the store. That kinda big.

Nick1962 2013-10-13 14:48:32 -0500 Report

I suspect, like Harlen said, it's market conditions, especially where you are. Local growing season is over, and even for those of us in the southeast, rain has screwed up crops over the summer, so much of what you're getting has got some extra "truck time" on it. The smaller stores can't afford the fresher stuff that the bulk stores can get from overseas.

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:37:14 -0500 Report

I hear what you are saying Nick but this was happening even before the rain issue. I just now noticed it as fact though. Not quite sure if it is where I'm shopping or if it's the store brand. Meaning, I shop at the local Stop and Shop and I also shop at the larger Super Stop and Shop. They are a city apart but within a 10 mile radius of each other. At least I think anyways.

Nick1962 2013-10-14 09:10:38 -0500 Report

Well, part of it is the economy too. Some stores don't make money on produce because of their customer base so they cheap out on it. It's not unusual for us lately to shop at 3 different stores just for 1 shopping list because of quality or price on various things.

Young1s 2013-10-14 10:16:38 -0500 Report

My hubby told me that the two stores I frequent are more like 2 or 3 miles apart. What do I know, I'm not the driver in the family. At any rate, I think I'm gonna have to start "shopping around" to see what other options are out there. But definitely plan on using these foods a lot sooner than later.

jigsaw 2013-10-13 09:15:48 -0500 Report

The only thing that I've noticed with some consistency is that some stores offer fresher and higher quality veges than others. I have had the same experience that you've mentioned, when I purchase veges from certain supermarkets. On the other hand, I find that Sam's Club, and Costco both have longer lasting fresher veges.

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:31:45 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I'm not a Sam's or Costco member. But I will figure something out because something's gotta give.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-14 12:10:51 -0500 Report

I don't shop at Sams or Costco. They are mainly bulk stores and I would not be able to use the items in bulk before they spoil.

Harlen 2013-10-13 09:11:54 -0500 Report

Use a different store ??
I live in Maine so we don't get a lot of fresh fruit or veggie
So I vac-pack a lot to have when I can't get any
It may not be fresh but it don't go bad in the freezer .

Young1s 2013-10-14 00:30:13 -0500 Report

That is what my next course of action is gonna have to be. The freezer is a great preserver so long as you seal it right.