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Purchasing & Selecting Fresh Produce
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How To Purchase Fresh Produce

Have you ever been at the grocery store looking for salad makings thinking that nothing looked fresh? This problem comes up pretty frequently.

Fresh produce is important for us. Besides looking unappetizing, bruised fruit lacks in taste. So purchasing fresh produce is important. You should know that there isn't just one place to buy produce. Besides the grocery store there are many different produce markets as well as food stands on highways.

Step 1 -
Most people do all of their grocery shopping in one store. Besides convenience while at the store, gas prices are sky-rocketing. So, it is easier to buy everything in one place and get home. This is something that you are going to have to surpass when looking to purchase fresh produce.

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Step 2 - It is worth a drive to find what you are looking for. In order to get all of our nutrients, we need fresh produce. Finding a local grocer or a produce market can help with our menus tremendously. Not only do markets carry what is in season, everything seems to be better quality. A store that specializes in produce is going to pay attention to just that: produce.

Step 3 - There is nothing wrong with purchasing your produce at the grocery store. Many times they run great sales and have a variety of options. Just be careful to do your research before you hit the store. Find out what vegetables and fruits are in season. Try to stick to these items.

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Step 4 - Just because one stores produce looks a bit shabby doesn't mean the next one will. So do your best to shop around and find what looks and feels best. Remember to do the squeeze test and look for bumps and bruises before you place the produce into your shopping bag. Fresh produce is an important part of our diet and it worth shopping around for.


How To Shop For Fresh Produce

Many people choose not to buy fresh vegetables rather than risk buying some that are rotten. Getting home to discover that your potatoes are rotten, or the ears of corn are moldy, is aggravating and a waste of good money. Avoid that aggravation and waste by learning what to look for when buying fresh vegetables.

Step 1
- Examine each vegetable individually. Sometimes there will be a single rotten piece mixed in with a good group. Be selective.

Step 2 - Look for bright color. Darkened coloring and browning is a sign of age in vegetables and means that your shelf life at home will be shortened. Fruits that are at their prime will have their own distinct aromas, if the smell is to strong it could be an indication that the fruit is starting to go bad or will rapidly approach an over-rippened state.

Step 3 - Check for firmness and crispness. Wrinkles may make some actors look distinguished, but that isn't the case for fresh produce. Vegetables should be firm when you gently squeeze them. Avoid wilted looking greens and celery.

Step 4 - Examine ears of corn by pulling off the husks in the store. Corn husks should be fresh and succulent with good green color. Avoid ears with under-developed kernels, and old ears with very large kernels.

Step 5 - Choose young mushrooms that are small to medium size. Caps should be mostly closed around the stem, and white or creamy, or uniformly brown if a brown type.

Step 6 - Avoid potatoes that have decay, blemishes, are green, or have too many cuts in the skin. While decay can be cut from potatoes, you want to avoid excessive waste.

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