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Old 19.04.2011, 13:08
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I tend to check out what's coming up on offer in the supermarkets and fit that round a menu for the week.
This is an important point. Availability and associated costs of food in CH is really really really seasonal.

That means that if you buy summer fruits in winter you'll pay much much more.

Try to tailor your diet to what is available at the time. Look for farm shops, they are often cheaper than supermarkets and the goods are fresher (usually) and tastier.

There are recipe books that match recipes with seasonal produce - take a look in your local book shop.

As for budget, we were on 500 CHF per month for 2, and are now on 1100 CHF for a family of 5. We buy meat mostly from France, fresh produce from farm shops and tins/packets from supermarkets.
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Re: Shopping for Groceries

If you are already in Switzerland, I would think that a trip to the supermarket will give you all the information you need to know.

If in doubt, buy everything you want for a month and keep the receipts... then do the numbers.

There are some tips you can get in the forum. For instance, if you like rice, I suggest you buy it from an Indian or Chinese shop. The rice you find at coop/migros is the worst and is way more expensive.

I find difficult to believe that you will change your life style based on comments coming from strangers (I know I wouldn't :/)...
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There are recipe books that match recipes with seasonal produce - take a look in your local book shop.

Also use Google, plenty of excellent recipes online.
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There are some tips you can get in the forum. For instance, if you like rice, I suggest you buy it from an Indian or Chinese shop. The rice you find at coop/migros is the worst and is way more expensive.
Depends what you want to do with the rice. Chinese rice is good for Chinese cooking but it doesn't make risottos the way Arborio does.

Even the Germans import it. A lot of the stuff you buy there is actually packaged in Switzerland.
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