Whether you volunteered to host this year or you’re heading across town to a relative’s house, chances are you’re going to need to stop at a local grocery store at some point in time during the holiday season. We all know how much of a nightmare food stores can be during this exciting time of year, but if you’re in on a few pro tips, it can make your experience much more bearable. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?
You Head Straight For The Center
If you want to avoid packing on the extra pounds and want to avoid a chaos in the ice cream aisle, stay away from the center aisles. This is typically where most of the “junk food” is located and we know how people react when they set their eyes on things that may be the healthiest.
You Grab The Wrong Flour
There are two common types of flour that can be found in just about any baking aisle - all-purpose flour and self-rising flour. Do not mistake one for the other because they are not interchangeable. Keep in mind that if a recipe simply calls for “flour,” it means all-purpose. Pro Tip: if you need self-rising flour but can’t find it, you can use all-purpose flour and add baking powder and a dash of salt for the same effect.
You Grab The Wrong Tomato Product
Most holiday feasts include some type of tomato sauce, but it’s important to understand the difference between sauce and paste. Tomato paste has a much stronger flavor and is typically used in smaller amounts whereas tomato sauce is used to add volume.
You Wait Til The Last Minute
Trust us when we tell you it’s best to get your food shopping done ahead of time. Just think about how many other people have the same idea as you and figure they’ll stop in to grab what they need on the way. If you wait until the last minute, there’s also a better chance of the store being sold out of what you need.
Avoid making these grocery store mistakes this season and we can just about guarantee you won’t be categorized as a scrooge! Happy holidays from David’s Soundview Catering!