Saturday, July 13

6 Food Products That Are Worth Paying That Little Bit Extra For

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In today’s modern world, the internet has made a big difference in how people shop and penny-pinching is always a top priority. By using price comparison websites to shop around, you can always be sure to find your items at the lowest price available. 

However, even though it is extremely savvy to compare prices on a product you are interested in buying, it can sometimes be worth spending just a little bit more on certain items.

People everywhere are looking to save money on their food shopping, but it might make sense to spend a little more on your groceries as creating and consuming meals is something every single person does every single day. 

With that in mind, continue reading to discover the top six food products that are worth paying that little bit extra for. 

1. Chocolate

Quality chocolate is a luxury that should not be compromised. Whether you enjoy the sweet stuff as a delicious and decadent treat or buy it as a gift for someone else, you pay for what you get when it comes to chocolate. 

Now, if you are perfectly happy with cheap, bargain chocolate bars from the local store, then you should fill your proverbial boots. Still, if you prefer a silkier, smoother, and altogether more delicious type of gourmet chocolate, then it is important to treat yourself to a more luxury brand. 

A bar of more luxurious chocolate uses less palm oil which is also bad for the environment and has a high cocoa content. It uses cocoa butter and full cream milk powder instead of skimmed for a richer flavor. These features of better quality chocolate make for a more enjoyable eating experience by creating a melt-in-the-mouth consistency, a shiny chocolate appearance instead of being matt, and a bar of chocolate that snaps when broken at room temperature. 

2. Tuna

Obviously, if you are particularly keen on a tuna and cucumber sandwich at lunchtime, buying a multi-pack of tinned tuna will certainly suffice.

However, the difference between canned and fresh versions of tuna is truly remarkable. There is nothing better than indulging in a premium tuna steak when you really want to treat yourself. 

Even more interesting is the fact that the ‘tuna’ you buy in cans is not technically tuna at all and is rather far more likely to be skipjack, so if you fancy treating yourself to an authentic piece of tuna, you will have to pay that little more. 

3. Steak

Steak is one of the most popular foodstuffs across the entirety of the United States. It is in England and many other countries in Europe and beyond. As such, there are many different cuts and grades of steak that vary in price and are always synonymous with quality.

There are essentially 12 different types of steak, listed from the most luxurious and delicious, yet most expensive, to the most cost-effective and less tender cuts:

  1. Ribeye Steak from the rib of the cow.
  2. Tenderloin from the short loin of the cow.
  3. Hanger Steak from the short plate on the underside of the cow.
  4. Porterhouse Steak from the short loin of the cow.
  5. Flat Iron Steak from the shoulder region of the cow.
  6. T-Bone Steak from the forward section of the short loin.
  7. Top Sirloin from the upper section of the sirloin butt.
  8. Vacio Steak from the under-loin of the cow.
  9. Strip Steak from the short loin of the cow.
  10. Bottom Sirloin from the top and bottom sirloin of the cow.
  11. Flank Steak from the underside of the cow.
  12. Skirt Steak from the muscle inside the chest of the cow.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are certainly worth splashing the extra cash on, and what is better to accompany steak? If you are committed to treating yourself to a luxurious and delicious meal one night, then the perfect companion is the ultimate best in tomato varieties; the heirloom tomato. 

Heirloom tomatoes are most readily available in the summer months. This makes them more sought after than the more familiar varieties of tomatoes such as beefsteak, Campari, grape, cherry, and Roma that have been scientifically engineered to be available all year round yet are still wonderfully healthy and tasty.

Heirloom tomatoes are so-called because they have been grown from seeds passed down through the generations. They are always open-pollinated, so animals and the elements spread their seeds entirely naturally. 

Although considerably more expensive, heirloom tomatoes are the juiciest, ripest, reddest, and most delicious addition to any meal. 

5. Cheese

It will be no revelation to learn that processed cheese slices and cheese triangles which cost a mere dollar in the local store are not made from the finest and most delectable and expensive ingredients. However, they are undeniably perfect for a quick snack on a busy morning.

The good news is that fine cheeses are not exclusively incredibly expensive, and as with many other things in life, there are grades of cheese to suit every taste and budget. 

Generally speaking, the more expensive varieties of cheese are made from sheep’s, goat’s, or even camel’s milk and usually have much stronger and deeper flavors and scents than their more cost-effective rivals. 

6. Bread 

You will probably be already well aware of the significantly healthier benefits of eating brown, wholewheat bread over white alternatives. Wholewheat doesn’t increase blood sugar levels, and the human body far more easily digests it, which makes it a good option for the health-conscious. 

Unfortunately for people with a gluten allergy, gluten-free bread is nearly always more expensive, mainly because the factories where it is produced must adhere to strict rules to ensure no cross-contamination with gluten, which is often reflected in the cost. 

The five most expensive types of bread in the entire world include; Miche, which is exclusively made in New York, Shepherd’s Loaf created by Englishman Tom Herbert, Harrods Roquefort bread from the renowned Knightsbridge store, the British Royal Bloomer loaf, and the $150 a loaf Gold Leaf Bread which is made in a family bakery in Spain.

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