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you do your big grocery shop for once a month cooking?
Believe it or not,
a major mistake that people brand new to OAMC make is that
they do at least some of their grocery shopping the day of
their big cooking session. And this is a big mistake. The
last thing you want to do on your cooking day is have to add
time (and stress!) of doing a big grocery shop on the morning
of your cooking day.
You should also
avoid grocery shopping on cooking day, because shopping usually
takes much longer than anticipated, and you don't want to
worry about having to go to a second store to find ingredients
because the first store had a loss leader on canned tomatoes
and were sold out, and three of your meals you planned to
cook that day needed canned tomatoes.
Ideally, you should
pick up your groceries (always, always, always use a list,
otherwise you will find you have forgotten crucial ingredients)
a few days before hand - or even the weekend before if you
have a chunk of time to do it. If you shop the weekend before,
buy the non-perishables only (sauces, frozen veggies, noodles,
etc) or the ingredients that would normally last until the
next weekend, such as carrots and peppers. Then a day or two
before you do your cooking, buy the perishables such as fresh
veggies and meat.
Don't forget that
pre-cutting veggies can be a huge timesaver on your cooking