When I discovered the convenience of online shopping years ago, my life has changed! Back in the days, I had to visit the local travel agent in order to purchase a ticket or book a hotel or go to the mall to shop. They still exist, of course. I still enjoy going to the market to buy goods, but we can’t deny the convenience that online shopping has brought into our lives. It saves us time, effort, and money!
And speaking of saving money, have you heard of ShopBack.ph? Do you remember those vouchers and coupons and other perks that we get to enjoy when we do our shopping at the supermarket or at the mall? Shopback works in a similar way, but better! It gives you back a portion of your money when you shop using its service. This means that consumers, like you and me, get more value for their money.
Watch this video to learn more about how Shopback works:
You’re reading my blog right now probably because we share a common interest—we both love Filipino food. But our passion for the local cuisine should not start in the kitchen; it begins at the market. Knowing how to check the freshness of the foods and ingredients that you buy is just as important as cooking and food preparation.
Whether you shop at your neighborhood palengke or a posh supermarket, picking the freshest produce is a skill that one learns from experience. The freshness of the food that you buy will definitely affect the outcome of the food or dish that you prepare.
I personally love grocery shopping and going to the market. There’s something about it that I find therapeutic. But I also understand that not everyone likes doing this chore, so I’ll make it easier for you with some of my tips on how to pick the best and the freshest produce. But first, here are my rules of thumb:
Support your local public or farmers’ market.
Use your senses of touch, smell, sight, and hearing. Taste if possible.
Preferably, shop in the morning. The early bird catches the worm!
Buy produce in season for the best price and taste.
If you live in a big household like me, chances are, you have a very disorganized pantry and fridge. If not, kudos to you and your family. Every now and then, people at home would pass by the supermarket or palengke to grab a bottle of ketchup or a hand of bananas only to be left in the refrigerator’s time-space warp corner, bound to be buried in oblivion.
So, how can we be part of the solution and not of the problem? We can start by teaching ourselves where to store food items to prolong their shelf life. Some foods like the cold, moist environment while some last longer in a dry, open space. Which common Filipino food items should be kept inside or outside the fridge? Let’s find out: