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Grocery shopping for dummies.

I'm not an organized person, and find grocery shopping a most frustrating experience. How can I make trips to the grocery store more efficient? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Nov 25, 2016 - 25 answers

We're looking for a very specific hot dog.

Who made A&P's house brand chicken hot dogs, and where can I buy them today? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Aug 22, 2016 - 5 answers

App for that, or Excel magic? Grocery inventory w/ recipe matching

I'm looking for an app/program/spreadsheet/whatever that stores a grocery inventory with quantities, and a list of recipes (or just named sets of ingredient quantities). It would rank the recipes by % of ingredients on hand. If any part of this makes you think, "you could do that bit in [program] with/by [method]", I appreciate any pointers! Because I'll make it if I can't find it, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Aug 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Best iOS app for groceries?

Can you suggest iOS apps for groceries that you like? Must be able to sync with another iOS user, and an Apple Watch app would be nice if well done but not critical. [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Jun 5, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me navigate the world of ethical/sustainable food sourcing

I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with misleading labels at the grocery store - "cage free" eggs that cost three times as much but the chickens are treated no better than the cheap eggs, "grass fed*" beef with an asterisk. I am willing to pay more for genuinely ethical/sustainable meat, dairy, and poultry. I am not willing to pay more for bullshit labels. Help me navigate this landscape without being misled. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Apr 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Where is the powdered tomato soup?

Does anyone know of grocery stores around New York that carry Tomato Powder and/or Knorr Chicken Tomato Bouillon Powder or equivalent items. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Jan 14, 2016 - 4 answers

How can I find out the source of produce at a market chain?

I go often to this market, but I hesitate with the produce? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Need source of store-level sales quantities of specific produce items

I want to find out the volume of specific produce items (e.g. baby lettuce, arugula, basil, vine tomatoes) sold at typical grocery stores. For example, how many pounds of baby spring mix are sold over the course of a month at the average Whole Foods or the average Trader Joe's? How many pounds of basil? Can anyone point me to a source of data that I can extrapolate from? Detailed information on a single store would be helpful just to get a ballpark figure for specific produce items. Is it 500 lbs a month? 5,000 lbs? I'm more interested in total weight than dollar figures, but I'll take either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Tell me about working part-time in a grocery store, please

Hello Mefites, I have a full-time professional job with benefits. My husband and I don't have kids and I'm finding myself bored out of my gourd most evenings and weekends. For medical reasons I won't go into, my husband and i don't spend a great deal of time together. I'm thinking of applying to work evenings and weekends at the grocery near us. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Mar 29, 2015 - 36 answers

Teach me about seasonally high-demand meat.

I'm hosting a Passover seder next Friday night. (!) One of the things I'm cooking is a brisket. I need to buy a 3.5 lb flat cut brisket sometime between now and Friday morning. What is the risk that the store will run out of said brisket because so many people cook brisket on Passover? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Mar 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Cheap Groceries in NYC?

I am currently visiting NYC and am moving here soon. I thought it would be helpful to know where to get cheap food - I won't be making too much money and am looking to move to Queens, Brooklyn or Inwood/ Washington Heights. Does anyone have any recommendations, even if not in those areas? [more inside]
posted by Coffee over Tea, till the Bitter End on Jan 29, 2015 - 25 answers

Beans and Rice and Beans and Rice

I have set myself a goal of paying off my $10k credit card in the next 6 months. After I cut out all luxuries, entertainment, eating out, new items for myself etc, the main variable is food. I have trimmed the fixed payments where I can and accepted the ones I can't. I need to feed myself, my partner, my 9 year old daughter and my dog. Please help me do this as cheaply as possible! Short term pain, long term gain and all that. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jun 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Why should I shop at Costco?

What deals can I get at Costco that make it worth the hike and membership when I already have walking distance access to Trader Joe's, Walmart, Jewel and independent local grocers? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Mar 18, 2014 - 48 answers

Tea for the common man: good, better, best?

Tea: I'm trying to figure out which are the best supermarket brands, and what might be a good kind of tea to try. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt on Mar 16, 2014 - 50 answers

Help me do basic things like feed myself

I recently moved to the Dogpatch in SF. It's a great neighborhood for me - it's close to work and quite bike-able - except that it has no pharmacies or grocery stores. I don't have a car. Help me find reasonably priced ways to get food and DayQuil! [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Jan 7, 2014 - 24 answers

Tastes of the Midwest: Grocery Edition

I work with a small retailer of non-perishable foodstuffs (among other things). Niche and one-of-a-kind product lines—local/craft/boutique, organic, gluten-free, etc.—do quite well here, and we'd like to carry more of the same. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 answers

The Musical Fruit?

What's the cheapest way to buy lots of dried beans and rice? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jun 19, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I learn to grocery shop and cook on a college budget?

I'm going into my senior year college and have relied on a fraternity meal plan and eating out often. What should I be buying at the grocery store regularly, and what are some quick and healthy meals to make regularly? [more inside]
posted by seandq on Jun 17, 2013 - 29 answers

Is there a website that will tell me what to eat and what to buy?

I love cooking, I do! But I really only love cooking for others. Come the weekend, I'll happily slave over brining meats that end in elaborate 120-step preparations. I have made food from the French Laundry cookbook that basically tripled my grocery bill. I love it. But Monday through Friday, when its me and my tummy, I could kind of care less. I live a few miles from the nearest grocery and so I'm car-less, which means if I don't buy for the week, I don't buy at all. I'm also stupidly busy which means that a lot of the time I'm either paying way too much for lousy chain food or eating gummi worms for lunch. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Grocery Budget for a Whole-Foods loving family

We're a family of four with two girls, ages 5 and almost 2. Need to keep grocery budget around 100/week. We like to buy organic fruits, veggies, and milk. How do you do it? Examples, lists, all helpful. [more inside]
posted by percor on May 23, 2013 - 31 answers

What's good at the Asian grocery?

There's a giant Korean supermarket not terribly far from where I live (the mega Hmart in Burlington). It's enormous--big enough to have small aisles dedicated to different Asian groceries--a Thai aisle, an Indian aisle, a Japanese aisle, etc. It's far more than I'd ever be able to explore on my own. What items available in a truly excellent Asian supermarket should I seek out? This is pretty much a pan-Asian free-for-all, so if you have a favorite Indonesian mustard, or an unforgettable Cambodian pickle, please share here. Bonus points for sous-vide-able items! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 20, 2013 - 54 answers

Load Up for Down Cape

I am traveling to Wellfleet , Cape Cod for a week this Saturday. I would like to do a lot of cooking for my aging mother and need to do a healthy shopping on the way from Logan Airport. I would go into Boston to Whole Circus and Trader Joes, but it is not really on the way. Where can I go for a good grocery shop, preferably with a decent organic selection, that is in between Logan and Wellfleet, MA Thanks!
posted by silsurf on Jan 30, 2013 - 9 answers


Are a small corner market and a major grocery chain store typically subject to the same licensing requirements? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Dec 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Where can I buy escarole (broad-leaved endive) in SF today?

I was hoping to make an escarole (broad-leaved endive) dish for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but haven't been able to find anywhere to actually buy escarole. [more inside]
posted by outlaw of averages on Nov 21, 2012 - 4 answers

How does theft happen at the supermarket checkout?

How do supermarket employees steal from the store and/or customers at the checkout stand? [more inside]
posted by Socky McSock on Oct 1, 2012 - 24 answers

[android app filter] Lock current active screen

Is there a lockscreen app which will use the current active screen as the background? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on Sep 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Can I get my hands on Hachiya persimmons in NYC this week?

Even though they're not quite in season, can I buy persimmons (Hachiya persimmons, specifically) in NYC this week? Brooklyn or Manhattan, preferably.
posted by Viola on Sep 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Tired of eating plates of beans as a salad course

Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to pick out salad ingredients after arriving at a supermarket or farmer's market? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Sep 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Where can I find actual currants in Chicago?

Where in Chicago can I buy black or red currants? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Sturdy and Steady.

Please give me your suggestions for large, very sturdy grocery/laundry carts. Said cart will have to do duty carrying groceries from my parking space to my apartment (which is across and down the street) but more importantly, it must be able to handle 1-2 35 pound containers of cat litter on occasion, when I need to buy for the boys. Good wheels are a must for when the weather gets snowy, but I do have an elevator (after about 4 steps). Price is not a huge issue, but I would love to keep it under 75$.
posted by oflinkey on Aug 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Fix Grocery IQ or recommend an alternative?

Help me understand the Grocery IQ app for iOS or recommend an alternative. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on May 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Are grocery stores becoming cash-negative operations?

With so many customers using non-cash methods of payment and customers getting cash back via debit purchases, are grocery stores becoming cash-negative operations? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on May 14, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I not miss at Whole Foods?

What non-frozen stuff should I buy while I'm near a Whole Foods today? I live in a city that doesn't have a whole foods, trader joes, or even a good health food store. Today I'm in a city that has a whole foods, and I'm planning on stopping there before I head back home. What are the gems from whole foods that I should take back with me? I've seen this question for trader joes, but not whole foods. I'm interested in dry goods; I can't get frozen stuff back home since I Don't have a cooler. Thanks!
posted by Mimzy on Mar 13, 2012 - 30 answers

Nashville Grocery Delivery Service

Are there any grocery delivery services in Nashville TN? My mother has trouble doing her own grocery shopping due to walking issues.
posted by josher71 on Sep 26, 2011 - 5 answers

We're light years beyond the Goya aisle here.

We're light years beyond the Goya aisle here. [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Aug 11, 2011 - 37 answers

Cake + Pork = ???

Ground Pork Cake? That's what it rang up as at the register. But what is it (besides absolutely delicious), where is it from, and how is it normally served/used? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Asian Groceries in Capitol Hill

Asian groceries (and other good produce) in Seattle's Capitol Hill? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Gluten-Free Goodness?

What are your favorite gluten-free foods? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Jun 6, 2011 - 28 answers

Help me do my groceries!?!

Need help shopping for groceries healthy & effectively. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 on Mar 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Hacking Whole Foods?

Hacking Whole Foods: Give me your best suggestions and tips for finding LOW-priced options at Whole Foods that are not available in typical, mainstream chain grocery stores. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 6, 2011 - 56 answers

Where can I get savory locally near Monterey, CA

Where can I get savory (the herb) locally near Monterey, CA? [more inside]
posted by macfly on Oct 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Hell is being a vegan in Green Bay

Vegan care package for a male college freshman: Products? Mail order sites? GO! [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 13, 2010 - 21 answers

What are some ubiquitous indie grocery items?

I just saw the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox documentary (great stuff!) and was amazed that they haven't been bought out by a conglomeratated foodstuffs megacorp. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Aug 17, 2010 - 32 answers

Currying favor in Seattle

What is the best source of kaffir lime leaves and holy basil in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Aldi vs. Walmart (with a side of Trader Joes)

Does Aldi have any moral high ground on Wal-Mart? Do they both have the same flaws and virtues? Or is it something in between? [more inside]
posted by harnharn on Jul 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Garbage In -> Garbage Out

If you use canvas bags when you grocery shop, what do you do with your household garbage? Do you buy purpose-specific trash bags? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jul 7, 2010 - 42 answers

Recycled grocery bag origins

What's the story behind those ubiquitous cloth grocery bags? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jun 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me compile my Trader Joe's shopping list!

I'll be making a one-time pilgrimage to a Trader Joe's this weekend. What good, cheap stuff should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Apr 29, 2010 - 91 answers

Wherefore Amazon Grocery?

What's worth buying at Amazon Grocery? I've never used it and they seem to have a totally random selection of stuff.
posted by smackfu on Feb 2, 2010 - 30 answers

Tipping the groceryman?

Have you ever purchased groceries online and had them delivered to your home? Did you tip the delivery person? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Jan 27, 2010 - 32 answers

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