If you’re heading out to the grocery store soon, you may want to avoid taking home these four items, according to people who WORK AT GROCERY STORES. Of course, some locations are better than others, but keep these ones in mind.
1. Pre-packaged cold cuts from the deli. These meats are usually cut up in the morning, because chances are it could be older meat that is not far from expiring. Even freshly cut deli meat should be eaten within 3-5 days.
2. Bags of pre-shredded cheese. These contain additives like wood pulp to keep it from melting. It’s better to buy a block of cheese and shred it at home.
3. Pre-made salads from the deli or in the produce section. Sometimes these salads are made with older vegetables. Other items like olives, eggs, cheese or meat are added to mask the taste of expiring veggies.
4. Soup from the deli. Same problem as the salads. Many of these soups have ingredients that close to expiring. A cheap and gross cost-cutting tactic.
Also, you can’t tell if some of the items have been sitting out all day waiting to be bought. Self-serve counters add to the risk. Some of the foods may be contaminated with bacteria and germs from people opening and closing the lids to smell the food. Again, some grocery stores take care of their products better than others. Buyer beware.