Most of the time, people avoid Organic produce because, it not only costs more than the conventional produce but also the way it looks. Since organic produce does not have too many chemicals or preservatives, their shelf life is very small. Hence when shopping for organic produce there are few points which can be taken into consideration.
Make a list of things you will need for a particular recipe and things you really want to buy. At times, we tend to buy stuff just for the heck of it, thinking we will cook something later on with it, which ultimately leads to a lot of groceries and extra money spent.
Stick to your list as far as possible:
Focusing on the list and sticking to it is a very important step. Adding something to your cart just because it is on sale or is free will cause piled up things, those will finally get wasted and thrown away.
Look for produce that looks fresh, crisp and hard to touch:
As organic produce contain less preservative and chemical than a conventional one, it’s shelf life is much less. Hence, while shopping, look for something which is bright in color. Zucchinis, Spinach etc should look lush dark green. They should not be pale or have turned yellow. Leaves should be nice and crisp to touch. Similarly, fruits like apples should have a rich color. They should not be mushy or have a dent on either side. For produce like avocados and bananas, pick those which are not too soft and not too hard. Once they start ripping, consume the once that have started to become soft first.
Buy in small quantities:
When it comes to cooking for a baby, fresh is always the best. So try to shop in small quantities and make frequent trips to the store. This might become a chore, but feeding healthy and fresh to your little one is, of course, the main priority.
Look for USDA mark or label:
The USDA Organic seal assures consumers of the quality and integrity of organic products. Organic-certified operations must have an organic system plan and records that verify compliance with that plan. Operators are inspected annually in addition there are random checks to assure standards are being met. There are different categories of labeling organic products.
100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.
With these few pointers in mind, grocery shopping for me becomes quite simple and fast. Just focusing on what is needed for next few days and picking up those things helped me save time and of course money. So moms pick up your bag and Go Shopping.
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