When it comes to buying fruits and vegetables, a lot of us are clueless. We’re not sure how to tell if that apple is ripe or if the peaches are ready, so we pick them up, hold them, and maybe give them a tiny squeeze before tossing them back in the bin. But it turns out, that’s not the best way to do it. Here are some other produce section mistakes we’re making at the supermarket:
- Manhandling the produce - Do you press on the sides of the mangos at the grocery store to find the ripe one? Most of us do touch produce to see if it’s to our liking, but all that abuse can take its toll, so be gentle when you touch and let their smell and the color of their flesh help you pick a winner.
- Popping the stems off the avocados - Some folks think they need to do this to tell if the avo is ripe, but please don’t. It interrupts the ripening process and probably annoys the produce department employees. If your avocado isn’t ripe, put it in a paper bag at home with a banana and you’ll be good to go.
- Bagging up every little thing - You really don’t need a plastic bag for one item. Or a bunch of bananas.
- Reading pricing signs incorrectly - Check the prices, read carefully, and know what you’re buying or you’ll end up spending $20 on a bag of cherries that you thought were $3.99, not $3.99 per pound.
Source: The Kitchn