It’s time to get smart about your shopping in the supermarket! These are our top 5 supermarket shopping hacks to help you get the best deals and the most out of your produce.
If you’d prefer to go to the supermarket less often, try buying shrink wrapped produce. We know that you probably prefer to be able to touch and smell your vegetables before you purchase them, but take cucumbers for example. The Cucumber Growers Association shows that being wrapped in plastic stops the cucumber from losing moisture and becoming dehydrated. This can extend the shelf life of your cucumber for over a week! The picture below shows the same two cucumbers 11 days apart, and you can see that the naked cucumber is starting to shrivel, but the shrink wrapped cucumber is still okay. Studies have shown that is is also the case with grapes, apples and potatoes, so buy shrink wrapped fruit and veg if you want them to last longer!
Off Season Produce
It turns out that it’s actually okay to buy fruit out of season sometimes. In the case of tomatoes, avocados, apples, bananas, kiwis, cantaloupes and some other fruits, they are harvested whilst still in season, and then put in storage. They are stored in temperature controlled rooms that have had all the oxygen removed from them. The fruits effectively go in to hibernation, meaning that their season is extended. Just be sure that they haven’t been coated with any nasty chemical sprays whilst in storage!
Whilst mist sprays are there to stop vegetables from wilting, there are some products that should not be sprayed. Asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers and any variety of summer squash should be kept well away from mist sprays. This is because watering these products can improve the conditions for the microorganisms that degrade the food. This means that they will rot and spoil much more quickly than if they were kept dry. Root vegetables and leafy greens, however, do benefits from mist sprays, but always look carefully for signs of spoiling on any produce that you buy.
The products that supermarkets make the most money on are usually the most expensive. They are placed at eye level so that more people will buy them. This means that the best deals are usually stacked on the lower shelves. So always check them: you could save yourself some £££!