How much do you know about the groceries you buy? Expiration dates, organics, refrigeration — there’s so much to remember, the grocery aisles can get a little confusing.
I’m all about learning as much as I can about the food we eat. Not only does it allow me to feel confident about what I’m feeding my family, but it can help me save money too. The more you know, the more you can control your grocery budget.
Here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about your groceries (I didn’t!):
Generic products are made by big brands.
I used to work for a grocery chain. One of the things they mentioned in training was that their store brand products were all made and packaged by large, name brands. Which means buying the lower priced "generic" item might just net you exactly the same thing.
Read more at ABC News
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Those produce numbers actually mean something.
Would you like to know if your produce is conventionally grown, organic or GMO? Turns out, those numbers on the produce sticker can actually tell you. The PLU system for produce is still voluntary, but you can learn a lot from the numbers. For example, if it's a 4-digit code, the produce is conventionally grown.
Read more at Food. Just Sayin'.
Eggs don’t actually need to be refrigerated.
Eggshells contain oils that provide a natural barrier to bacteria. Here in the U.S., eggs are washed before shipment to grocery stores, removing that barrier and creating the need for refrigeration.
Read more at The Kitchn
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Mayonnaise does not cause food poisoning.
How many times have you heard of mayonnaise as a cause of food poisoning? Poor mayo gets a bad rap, but it's unlikely to cause food poisoning due to the pasteurized eggs and vinegar used in the ingredients, which kill harmful bacteria.
Read more at Riverside
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You can find out exactly what dairy your milk came from.
If you're curious about where your milk comes from, all you need to do is check out the code stamped on the back of the gallon. Each dairy is coded, and you can find the name of the dairy at Where Is My Milk From?
Read more at Where Is My Milk From?
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Produce isn’t washed before the store displays it.
A lot of produce isn't washed before it leaves the farm. Carefully washing all produce before you serve it can prevent illness.
Read more at FDA
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That expiration date doesn’t mean what you think it means.
Expiration dates are a voluntary system, and they can be a bit confusing. Sell by, best by, use by — read up on the specifics and learn what you need to keep food fresh.
Read more at WebMD
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