- Posted September 18, 2013 by
Glen Cove, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
I don't know if this is happening to anyone else on ireport but it is happening to me a lot in the area where I live.--Bad food items, outdated, or old or just not fresh and being pushed up front for sale.
I wanted cookies the day before yesterday so I went to one of the chain stores around here and I saw animal crackers. I wanted them for nostalgia reasons. I remember carrying them to school like a lost treasure. They weren't priced so when I checked them out they were $2.87 for the little box. I was shocked. It was a self check out so I decided to keep them anyway. I was so disappointed when I got home to find they were beyond stale. I didn't want to take them back because it is a three mile walk. I did return yesterday and got another box- stale again. I realize now I should have opened the box but trusting old soul that I am I didn't. Boy am I learning to know better. This is just one small example of what I have been experiencing.
My neighbor, an older gentleman walked all the way to a fancy upscale retail food store that brags freshness to come home with an expensive rancid steak. This guy is no fool, believe me but he was fooled.
I see it and have experienced it with jarred items, frozen with dates that say fresh but when you open them, have freezer burn or are just downright smelly and old! And then you'll notice the things that are dated a year old and haven't been removed. And I'm talking about reputable food stores. These chains are so big. They have nothing to loose. Take it back and get something else. Well, guess what? I'm going to try and go fresh as much as I can unless I really trust a brand, because it's not the manufacturer, I don't think. It's the store. If I buy a trusted brand I make sure it's dated a year ahead.
I'm disappointed because I have to go through this now. But it is going to be worth it heath and expense wise.
Maybe for this girl, I can bring back the days when we ate from scratch. My grandmother had a farm on Long Island and we ate pretty good! I can taste those fresh potatoes and carrots now!