The Epicurious Grocery Guide

Mystified by supermarket protocol? Confused by packaging labels? Grocery shopping is more complicated than it needs to be. Thatís why Epicurious has recently come up with the Epicurious Grocery Guide, where you can find tips and tricks to buying the best products, saving the most money, and answers to your most burning grocery store questions. The guide is full of excellent information that will not only help you become a better shopper, it will help you become a better cook as well.

In the Epicurious Grocery Guide is easy to navigate because itís organized into distinct sections, just as you would see at a grocery store. For example, it starts out in the meat section, where you can learn how to buy the best whole chickens, what to specifically request at the delicatessen counter, how to get the most out of roast beef, and even how to tell the difference between fresh and frozen fish. In the produce section, you can learn how to keep your vegetables fresh, how to keep lettuce from wilting, how to find the best strawberries, and how to cook with citrus fruits. There are also articles on how to properly purchase and store onions, potatoes, figs, and broccoli so they will stay as fresh as possible for long periods of time. There are even articles on how to properly eat specific foods Ė for example, broccoli.

Many people don't realize that the entire broccoli plant is edible, including the stalk. Another important note about broccoli is that itís best prepared simply, and thereís nothing like eating it raw. Ever wonder about the nutritional facts of broccoli? Just to give you an idea of the nutritional content of raw broccoli, one cup of chopped broccoli has only 31 calories, is very high in dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Itís also high in calcium, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, riboflavin, selenium, and thiamin. Although the nutritional value of raw broccoli is slightly higher, cooked broccoli is still very good for you. One cup of cooked broccoli has 27 calories, is very high in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, and high in calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and thiamin. In other words, please add more broccoli recipes to your meal plan, and either raw or cooked is fine.

Over at the Epicurious Grocery Guide, we can also visit the butter section where we can learn how to buy the best butter; we can visit the condiments section, where we can learn how to pick out the best mustard, and we can also visit everyoneís favourite, the coffee section, where we can learn how to make the most out of our coffee budget. These days, there are just so many options available when it comes to purchasing coffee Ė which kind works best for you? Light roast, dark roast, or medium roast? In what location were the coffee beans grown? Is the coffee fair trade organic or is the label blank? According to coffee experts, a detailed coffee label is much better than no label at all Ė that way, you know exactly where your coffee came from and what its quality it is. And donít forget to check the best before date, because fresh coffee is always the best coffee.

This top-notch Grocery Guide comes from the Epicurious website, where they offer expert advice on buying, storing, cooking, and eating your favourite foods. Youíll also find a wonderful selection of cooking recipes here, like dessert recipes, lunch recipes, brunch recipes, and breakfast recipes. Youíll find dinner recipes, beverage recipes, snack recipes, and special holiday recipes as well. So, if youíre short on recipes, do consider paying Epicurious a visit.*

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