Never choose from the top @!!!!

@ronnyb (6120)
Jamaica
December 24, 2009 1:29pm CST
So says my friend who was advising me about how to buy food (or anything for that matter) thst is in a stack.It is his belief that the food that is on top is normally handled more than any of the others.He was referring to some guys who sell donuts at our bus stop.He claims that the donuts which are on the top is normally handled more than the others and probably by hands that are not hygienic.In addition he thinks that those donuts are more likely to fall from time to time and even though they are in boxes he claims he is still not interested in those. He also claims that these donuts are normally more burnt than the others because they are more exposed to sunlight . Is this you approach when buying food that is in a stack or do you go for those that ara at the bottom or the middle ?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
24 Dec 09
I do buy from the bottom of the stack. If the grocer rotates it like they are suppose to the older dated things go on top. I always check the expiration date on milk & things that have one. U have to watch everybody nowadays. I think bread feels stale when u buy it now. I don't know what they are putting in it now but it's not like it use to be.
• Philippines
25 Dec 09
Hi, aunt jo! I realize i have been taking things for granted here! Why? Because there are bakeries here that sell freshly baked breads right from the oven and i am not even fond of bread! I eat a small piece with my morning coffee just to put something in my stomach and that's all. Merry Christmas!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Dec 09
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO TWO VERY SWEET PEOPLE. I love bread but can eat w/out it because i sure don't need it.We don't have a bakery here & that's a good thing. I would be tempted to buy it if we did. Love to u both, aunt jo.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
25 Dec 09
Hi ronnyb, I always check the expiry date if buying anything from the supermarket, and like to pick my own things at the market. If the market vendor won't hand over a bag so I can pick my own I simply move onto another stall as they have the good stuff on display at the front and try to sell the manky old stuff from the back. I never fall for that one.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
25 Dec 09
Clorissa my dear, did you fail to read what Lamby had to say to you? Sorry Clorissa, I keep forgetting you prefer to go as Colin these days, I really should try and remember that but you've pretending to be a nice young woman for so long now.
• United States
24 Dec 09
I always pick from the back. It must have come from my training while working in the grocery business. We used to "rotate" the older stuff to the front and put the fresher in the back. Eventually the fresh would move to the front so the old wouldn't have to be thrown out. I do the same with chips, bread, meat and even milk.
@chubit (122)
25 Dec 09
i also do this, I'm slightly more pedantic specially with milk. I'll look for the one with the longest sell by date. I also don't like the idea that people have handled my food, packaging could have been disturbed and food could have gone stale!
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
26 Dec 09
Well...this is really an interesting information. I not a type of person who buy products the minute I see them. I don't have patience in selecting or be choosy with product...as long that it looks fine I will buy it. Thanks for the info.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
25 Dec 09
Hi, ronnyb. I am glad that you made this discussion. I always grab my foods from the back of the shelves when shopping. I never get food from the front. Hands of all kinds have rummaged over the food that I wanted to buy. So, I will just grab from the back of the shelf when buying foods. These foods are less touched and in a better condition.
@leeesa (885)
• United States
25 Dec 09
I have noticed that the expiration dates are usually sooner on the items in the front. I'm sure they do that to move the product out before it expires. But also, some items, are stocked from the back, so obviously the new stuff is in the back. I always dig through and look for the items with the latest expiration dates I can find, especially dairy products! As for donuts, I won't buy them from the open bins that people can dig through because I have observed people touching several with their bare hands, looking for the freshest feeling ones. Disgusting!
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
25 Dec 09
There is certainly a point to what you just said. In my case, I always select those at the bottom. When I am doing some groceries, then I chose the back portion. But of course I always check out the expiry of the items.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
25 Dec 09
Hm, not very sure about the "top row donut are more likely to fall and more exposed to the sunlight" but I will tend to avoid taking food/bread from the front row because I have the impression that those in front are prepared earlier and not as fresh as those at the back. Maybe I am wrong as they might be of the same batch but I just felt better doing so. But if left with no choice, I will still buy whatever that is available as long as it still looked like good food.
• Philippines
25 Dec 09
Yup! I don't choose from the top except when i'm in a hurry. I do carefully remove those on top or infront of the stock and take what i need from the lower or inner stock. I also have the habit of checking the expiration date. I have read that tip from an old magazine in my younger years when i still had no capacity to buy anything!