Are you making these 5 mistakes at the grocery store? While the safety of Chinese foods appears to be improving daily, there are still some products that we suggest spending a little extra on to make sure you are getting the best for your family. Community based food website Kate & Kimi helps you to source the safest food Shanghai can offer.
Do you know where your foods are coming from? Traceability is the key to navigating the food system in China. Here are 5 reasons to purchase food from safe suppliers.
China has experienced countless food safety scandals to do with conventional vegetables. Protect your family from the overuse of pesticides, chemicals and GMO seeds by choosing to buy from responsible farming partners. If a company cannot tell you where or how a veggie is grown, resist the temptation to buy based on low prices.
No matter where you shop for produce, make sure you are properly washing your vegetables with vinegar or an eco-friendly cleaner and filtered water. Although there are imported fruits in China, the majority of vegetables are grown locally. Be wary of buying from farms that are not transparent about their practices. The best scenario is to buy vegetables grown in greenhouses with filtered air, tested soil and sustainable farming practice. Gusto Fine Foods is our top pick for quality veggies. There are also a building a number of certified organic farms committed to the practice of safe farming.
Western standards suggest that meat should be cooked within 3 days if stored in the fridge or within a few months if stored in the freezer. This includes time the meat has spent being processed and sitting on the shelf waiting to be brought to your kitchen. Stick to brands that you know are using western standards for their cold chain. Some local meat brands add chemicals to treat older meats or even sell counterfeit meats. When shopping for your next steak, look for imported brands, and choose grass fed whenever possible for optimal nutrition.
3. Fish and seafood
4. Fruit juices
Pesticides used on fruits can also contaminate juices made with these fruits. We suggest looking for healthy, preservative-free juice options or making the juice at home from organic fruits. Better yet, drink a detoxifying green smoothie to cleanse your body from the inside out and protect against pollution. You can make these at home or purchase them locally from Lizzy’s All Natural.
While living in China, chances are, you are going to come across more than a few recipes including rice. As many conventional rices are tainted with cadmium and other heavy metals, choose an organic option or even better, skip the rice and substitute quinoa for an even healthier grain.
When in doubt, treat your grocery shopping like a detective and ask questions. You have a right to clean, safe food and to not be fooled by false claims or labels. The good news is that there are many suppliers with integrity out there and it is possible to eat well in Shanghai. While this is a short list, we encourage you to do your own research to ensure you are purchasing quality products. Let us know what foods you recommend for the people of Shanghai in the comments below!
The Blue Sky Kitchen is a partnership between the artisanal food community in Shanghai and the culinary team at Kate & Kimi. This shared community collective offers safely sourced and prepared wholesome foods using strict safety standards and high quality, traceable ingredients. Watch this space for the next interview with a Blue Sky Kitchen chef.
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