If you're doing the shopping or just reading the news, you've probably realized that food prices around the world are going up. Brazil is no exception. A while back, I remember reading a slideshow or a book that showed families from around the world sitting around a week’s worth of their groceries and a dollar figure. It was pretty shocking. But also interesting. Because it's kind of cool to see what other people put in their carts, right? I know I'm always checking out (and judging) the people in line with me, checking out their food choices and trying to guess what sort of lives they lead. So here's your chance to peek into my shopping cart, which came to R$186.54.
[1/2 pineapple, 2 grapefruit, 3 plums and mangoes, 4 peaches, a bag of grapes, one bell pepper, 2 cartons of eggs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, green onions, spinach, basil, asparagus, four carrots, two onions, 1 L olive oil, 3 trays of beef, 1 tray chicken breasts, spicy olives, mozzarella cheese, Minas cheese, sliced ham, 1 kilo of butter, cream cheese, 2 liters of milk, 1 liter mango juice, 250 g coffee.]
This is more or less what we’ll eat over about two weeks, with the exception of the olive oil and the coffee. I have some stuff in the freezer, my pantry is full of staples (flour, rice, beans, tomato sauce and capers), and we're good on wine and chocolate, so it’s not 100% indicative. Also, I splurged on things like asparagus and mushrooms, which are pricey, because I wanted to have something different for weekend breakfasts. I couldn't justify organic chicken. It was too expensive. My nearly 500 grams of chicken breast was R$9; the organic ones, same size, were R$19.99. :(
Oh, and we don’t really eat this much butter in a month, let alone 2 weeks! I’m stocking up because it was under R$3 for two sticks; usually it’s in the R$4 range. It doesn't go bad, so when it's on sale and I have baking planned, I buy lots.
Can you tell what sort of lives we lead from my shopping trip? If I was to judge myself, I'd assume that either we have a full-time cook or someone in our household is a stay-at-home, because almost everything is going to require cleaning, dicing, etc...before it can be cooked. There are no processed foods, which would lead one to believe that we're "super healthy" which is a lie. I just prefer to make my own junk food or import it from the US/Canada!
Are food prices in your area starting to get scary?