There are many ways to check the quality of the food products we eat every day. However, most of them require the assistance of professionals or special equipment.
We suggest only those you can do all by yourself at home or even right in the supermarket. Here some tips for you to choose healthy food such as meat, vegetable, honey, fruit, fish, cheese , and also some tips for understanding fruit code in the supermarket.
When choosing meat, press it with your finger. Fresh meat should be resilient enough to make your fingerprint disappear.
Cut a big piece in half: if the meat is dark but has white contours, it means its shelf life was extended with additives. Pat it dry with a paper towel — fresh meat shouldn’t leave too much moisture and blood on the towel.
Hold a bunch of dill, for example. If the leaves hang over the sides, it’s already wilted. Plus, if the color is too dark and the stems are too long, it means it contains nitrates. Fresh herbs are always a natural green color.
You can easily spot cheese that contains vegetable fats. It’ll crumble when you cut it (not applicable to hard types of cheese like cheddar), and it’ll dry out and develop cracks when left without a package.
Leave some cheese at room temperature. A high-quality product will just become softer, but if it dries out and moisture appears on it, better let it go.
Leave your favorite ice cream at room temperature. If it contains vegetable fats, it’ll stay frozen for longer and eventually melt into a liquid.
Ice cream with good-quality ingredients will melt into a thick white creamy substance.
Pay attention to the white stripes and thick layer of fat on chicken breasts. It means farmers injected growth hormones into the poultry, and the chickens gained weight way too fast. Such meat is not good for your health.
The color is also a very important thing to pay attention to: if it’s yellowish, it’s not fresh. Raw chicken breasts should be pink and should not be too soft.
A drop of iodine will help you check if your cottage cheese contains starch. If it does, the stain will become deep blue, and if it doesn’t the color will stay yellow or brown.
Leave some cottage cheese at room temperature. If it contains vegetable fats, it’ll go yellow. After this test, fresh cottage cheese may taste sour but won’t change color.
Pour some honey onto a surface. Fake honey drips and immediately spreads on the surface. High-quality honey is quite thick, and it trickles in a thin stream.
If you taste caramel flavor, it means your honey has already been heated up. If you can taste excessive sweetness, it means this honey contains white sugar.
To check if sour cream contains vegetable fats, stir a spoonful of sour cream into a glass of hot water. A product of poor quality will produce white flakes. Real sour cream will become a homogeneous thick liquid.
Frozen veggies, berries, and fruits
Check if a package of frozen product has snow or pieces of ice in it. If it does, it hasn’t been stored properly. Choose products that have frost on them.
Fresh fish shouldn’t have cloudy eyes, and healthy gills are always a bright red color. Its skin should have a naturally metallic glow, and scales must be tightly attached to the body.
Meaning of Fruit Stickers
A four-digit code beginning with the number 3 or 4
If there are only four numbers on the sticker, then it means the fruit (or vegetable) was produced with the help of modern agronomic techniques — including abundant amounts of fertilizer and pesticides.
A five-digit code beginning with the number 8
When you see this sticker, the fruit has been genetically modified as part of the growing process. Yes, that’s right. This is the GMO food that continues to cause so much controversy. Research shows that melons, bananas, and papayas are the types of fruit that are genetically modified the most often.
A five-digit code beginning with the number 9
If you see this kind of code, it means the fruit was grown using the old farming methods of our ancestors: with their own hands and without any chemicals. These are organic products.
If the fruit has no PLU code
Most people try to find fruit without stickers. But this could actually be dangerous: fruit that’s imported from abroad should always be labeled in this way. If there isn’t a label, the chances are it’s been removed for a specific reason — and one that isn’t likely to be to your advantage as a consumer.
How To Pick the Perfect Watermelon
Watch this video below. Perry and Sons instructions on how to pick the perfect watermelon.