You need to be able to make money, but it is equally important to be able to spend this money. It is believed that an expensive product is always of better quality than its cheap counterparts. This is true, but only partially. Often, a low-quality product is hidden behind a high price. To protect yourself from the wrong choice, follow our recommendations.
The first thing to forget about when choosing a product is shyness. You pay the seller money for his goods, which means that you have the right to check the certificates of conformity and warranty obligations. This is important when buying bulk products. The certificate indicates the date of issue and the composition of the product.
Study the label. On it you will find useful information about the shelf life of the product. Many sellers, not wanting to throw money for expired products, close up, erase the expiration date and glue a new one. Often in supermarkets, on packaged products, you can see two barcodes glued on top of each other. If you look closely, you will see that the packing date is far from fresh.
Don't chase cheapness. If you know that fresh meat costs 200-250 rubles, then you should understand that high-quality minced meat from this meat should cost more, because it was subjected to additional processing. The same goes for cutlets, dumplings and other meat products. It is naive to ask the seller if there is soy in the sausage for 97 rubles. It would be more logical to ask if there is meat in this sausage. When buying fresh meat, make sure it is not saturated with magenta. It gives the meat a fresh look and leaves red marks when touched. It should also be of a uniform color with no blueness or mucus. When pressed with a finger, the meat should quickly regain its shape.
When choosing fish, pay attention to its consistency. If the skin is elastic, the eyeballs are transparent and the scales hardly peel off, then the fish is really fresh. And of course, be guided by the smell. It is better to buy red caviar not by weight, but in a jar. It should say what kind of fish it is from, as well as a preservative or an indication that the caviar is pasteurized.
In accordance with the latest regulations, when selling frozen seafood, the ice crust should be no more than 7% by weight of the entire product. Previously, this share could be up to 50%. That is, we paid for water. But even now, when buying shrimp, feel the package, if it crunches, it means there is a lot of water.
When buying sausage, you can ask to be sliced for you. Firstly, this way you get rid of the need to do it at home, and secondly, you will know that the slices are fresh.
When buying a product in a vacuum package, check its tightness. It should fit snugly around the product. If you notice holes, this could have been done to release air that has formed as a result of product spoilage.