While it may be true that a box of pasta is a box of pasta, when it comes to produce, it’s always better to be able to look at, touch, and even smell the goods yourself. No shade to the hardworking folks who choose the produce for online buys, but they’re filling a lot of orders and mistakes do happen. Picture this: You order all the ingredients for your famous guacamole recipe, but when your order arrives, instead of cilantro, you’ve got Italian parsley. You know who wouldn’t have made that mistake? YOU, the guacamole master.
Point is, it’s a lot easier to get the exact products (and the amounts of those products) you have in mind when you do the choosing. And honestly, there’s something really satisfying about selecting the perfect piece of produce. Like, did you know that a good artichoke will squeak when you give it a little squeeze? Seriously!
There are all kinds of tips and tricks when it comes to choosing produce; the best way to make sure you’re wasting not — and wanting not — is to do it yourself. And if you’ve ever been to a grocery store where they play “Singin’ in the Rain” as a warning before spritzing the veggies, you have to concede it’s pretty delightful.
In fact, according to a 2017 survey by Morgan Stanley, the number one reason people gave for not buying groceries online was a desire to choose their own food. Hey, who doesn’t have their own weird banana preferences? Besides simple preferences, factors like food allergies and sensitivities as well as nutritional information are much easier to assess when you’re the one in the store, reading the packages. If there’s one thing worth spending a little extra time choosing, isn’t it the actual food we put in our bodies?