Strategies for navigating the grocery store during the coronavirus

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)

The trip to the supermarket isn’t the same these days because of the coronavirus crisis. Many of us may have a bit of angst about catching the virus while getting our groceries.

It’s more than just wiping down shopping cart handles and trying to keep your distance from other shoppers. It’s an entire strategy both before and after you get to the grocery store that may keep you healthy.

Before Marzelino Fabian and his wife shopped for a trunk full of groceries, he made sure he suited up with a protective mask and gloves.

“We try to take care of us. We try to take care of the other people,” Mr Fabian said.

They bought in bulk on this trip to last their family of four for a few weeks during the coronavirus crisis.

“Every day it’s growing, growing, growing, growing, growing. We don’t know what’s going on,” Mr. Fabian said.

These uncertain times mean Catherine Cragle is changing up her twice a week grocery store shopping habit.

“I’m minimizing my trips to the store as much as I can and I don’t go out. I try to go out once a week for milk and the basic essentials,” Ms. Cragle said.

Maximizing your shopping effort is what experts say it’s all about and it starts before you leave the house. Chef George Duran says begin by taking inventory of your fridge and freezer.

“Make sure you have enough space allocated in it so you’re not purchasing perishable items that are going to go to waste because there’s no more space in there,” Mr. Duran said.

Also, fill your shopping list with food that’s long lasting like frozen vegetables.

“Frozen veggies are so versatile because they go in almost any dish you want but more importantly you can keep them in the freezer for months and they’ll still stay fresh especially when you thaw them out,” Mr. Duran said.

Chef George says consider making meals you can serve anytime of day like a slow cooker breakfast casserole. It may very well help you make the most of your food during these unprecedented times.

Another tip: make sure you are organized by making out your shopping list based on the aisles you shop. This way you will get in and out as quickly as possible.

Another tip is to consider home delivery if your favorite grocery store offers that. And if you do, it’s just as important to stay organized.

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