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Old 08.05.2009, 16:14
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I got it... there is a flavor vortex in Switzerland that drains away flavor from meats, vegetables.
Aahh, you've just got to know where to shop. Italian supermarkets also sell less tasty produce than what you can find in independent shops and (bi)weekly markets. Have a look round the market at Bürkliplatz on Saturday morning. You never know - you might surprise yourself and find some colourful characters as well as nice tomatoes and avocados.
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Old 08.05.2009, 16:37
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Thurgau strawberries were in Coop in Zug this morning.
Slack Friday afternoon so I nipped out and bought a punnet to take home and decided to sample one or two whilst sat at my desk. Sadly there are none left now...

Worth the guilt trip.
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Old 08.05.2009, 16:51
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

I don't buy food near or on it's best before date. I still end up throwing stuff out all the time.
I had to train my husband not to get excited about those aktion stickers... Unless it's chocolate, I know that won't hang around for long...
And I do check every piece of fruit and veg before I take it for over-ripeness, mould... I never buy in bulk like I normally would.
I throw out more garlic than I eat, and we use a few cloves daily- never had that problem before... Others yes... !
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I don't buy food near or on it's best before date. I still end up throwing stuff out all the time.
I had to train my husband not to get excited about those aktion stickers... Unless it's chocolate, I know that won't hang around for long...
And I do check every piece of fruit and veg before I take it for over-ripeness, mould... I never buy in bulk like I normally would.
I throw out more garlic than I eat, and we use a few cloves daily- never had that problem before... Others yes... !
I wouldn't dismiss Aktion items so quickly - take a look at this website, you can save a bundle on the weekly shop if you plan wisely...

http://www.aktionis.ch/
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Old 08.05.2009, 17:00
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I think you will find most of the world uses the DD/MM/YY date format and it is the US that is different.

Nothing against Americans (I'm married to one) but it is the US that is the odd one out on this point and not the Swiss.
Indeed you will find it interesting to know that the international standard (ISO) is neither the North-American MM/DD/YYYY nor the European DD/MM/YYYY but actually YYYY-MM-DD.



Learn all about from your favorite source of wisdom ... Wikipedia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

Phew -at least the YEAR can be distinguished by it's four digits... . We can't go too far wrong...
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Old 08.05.2009, 19:16
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

My pet peeves with the food bought in the supermarket are :

- Fish : sometimes starts to stink or to taste bad before the use-by date
- Onions : they are already sprouting when you buy them, can't keep them more than a week.


I don't really mind the onions as you can still use them and they are fairly inexpensive, but the fish, considering the prices it's quite annoying to have to throw it away because of the bad smell (and yes I once tried to cook it anyway, it really tastes bad too)
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Old 08.05.2009, 21:33
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I wouldn't dismiss Aktion items so quickly - take a look at this website, you can save a bundle on the weekly shop if you plan wisely...

http://www.aktionis.ch/
That looks like a great website but why no French option? Only German and Italian as far as I can see.
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Old 08.05.2009, 21:53
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That looks like a great website but why no French option? Only German and Italian as far as I can see.
French? It's not a language ... just an outrageous accent.
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Old 09.05.2009, 07:47
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...Never keep the bread in the fridge. ...
Why?

( btw - it didn't smell like Roquefort ).
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Old 09.05.2009, 08:30
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Why?

( btw - it didn't smell like Roquefort ).
Dunno. We keep our sliced bread in the fridge and have never had a problem.
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Old 09.05.2009, 08:51
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Me neither. Stuff in my local Coop seems to get marked down 25% a day or two before the sell-by date, 50% the day of (I'm thinking particularly of meat and fish, since that's what I pay the most attention to sell-by dates on) but I've never seen it sold past the date.
Coop seems to have a policy of not selling anything past the sell-by date. I once found an item (don't remember what it was) at the local Coop which was one day beyond its sell-by date but there were still a few days left until the use-by date. Since I was planning to eat it on the same day, I asked for a discount but I was told that they aren't allowed to sell it at all after the sell-by date.

Both Coop and Migros donate items that are past the sell-by date but still edible to charities AFAIK. I've very rarely seen something past its sell-by date at both chains.
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How often have I started cooking dinner for visitors only to find rotten cucumbers, avocados or onions? By then, the stores are usually closed. As an American... I often wish I could sue them.
As a consumer, I check the quality of the things I buy before parting with my hard earned cash. Melons that don't smell sweet or floppy cucumbers don't go into my basket. I find sweet poatoes, onions and garlic with mould in the supermarket all the time. Sure it annonys me, but complaining to the store would mean i'd get home later and next week there would just be mouldy items again.

I try to buy as much as I can from the farmers markets or fruit & veg only stores.
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Both Coop and Migros donate items that are past the sell-by date but still edible to charities AFAIK. I've very rarely seen something past its sell-by date at both chains.
In Zug, a local charity meets once a week at the train station with the needy and sells the items past their sell by date by the carrier bag full for a tokin amount of around 1 franc.

Those that don't qualify need to stalk the 50% off sticker man in Coop
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As a consumer, I check the quality of the things I buy before parting with my hard earned cash. Melons that don't smell sweet or floppy cucumbers don't go into my basket. I find sweet poatoes, onions and garlic with mould in the supermarket all the time. Sure it annonys me, but complaining to the store would mean i'd get home later and next week there would just be mouldy items again.

I try to buy as much as I can from the farmers markets or fruit & veg only stores.

That's great, if you have the time to find the farmers market. It's just not always convenient. I normally do my shopping after work, or on the weekends.

Yeah, I'm sure good produce is out there. But on the average, the mainstream stores are under par in terms of produce.
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French? It's not a language ... just an outrageous accent.
Unfortunately, in my case, that's the truth!
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and resturants

A few tips from a BBC breakfast newsspot on storing food:
Tomatoes last longer outside the fridge apparently
Peel onions, garlic and peppers and store in ziplock bags in the freezer
To keep meat fresher, keep it on a china plate in the fridge and turn it daily
Eggs don't need to be kept in the fridge - store pointy side down
Potatoes don't need to be kept in the fridge. Remove polythene bag and store in a cool dark place
Remove polythene wrappings from mushrooms - it makes them sweat
Whole lettuce lasts longer if it's wrapped in tin foil
No such thing as a sell by date for honey - it keeps for thousands of years as long as it doesn't get damp
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I always put a paper towel in the bag with carrots stored in the fridge. It absorbs the moisture and they keep longer.
I also cut the heart out of lettuce as soon as I start using it, since this seems to go brown first.

Store bananas away from apples, since they make them go ripe real quick. Bananas should be stored in the dark if you want to slow the ripening.
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A few tips from a BBC breakfast newsspot on storing food:
Tomatoes last longer outside the fridge apparently
I don't think it's because they last longer, it's because, in the fridge, the flesh goes woolly and the taste does not develop.
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Re: Expired food in supermarket and restaurants

I've found that quite a few things keep better if not placed in the fridge (re: Nev's point about tomatoes). Fruit in general is one example. Apples and pears seem to go wrinkly a lot quicker in the fridge and soft summer fruits go mushy within hours of going in the fridge (not exclusively in Switzerland, I hasten to add, before the "Migros/Coop fruits are crap" point is made AGAIN).

My mum also reckons that washing fruit as soon as you get it home instead of washing it just before you eat it makes it go off quicker, too.
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