Repeatedly Rotten Garlic And Onions
CARROLLTON, GEORGIA -- Wal-Mart and Ingles are the only two grocery stores in town open 24 hours, and Ingles is two minutes away vs. 15 for Wal-Mart. I work second shift, so if I cook dinner after work, I normally go to Ingles. The prices are a little higher, but I'll happily pay a few dollars more to avoid the drive and the long lines to check out at Wal-Mart.
I've had a few bad purchases in the past. Shrimp that was bad despite being in date, a whole cut up chicken that was bad. But I always run back to the store and exchange it. With the shrimp, I also forgot a red bell pepper which they gave me for free. And, I can understand meat going bad, that can happen at any grocery store.
But their produce is horrible sometimes. Two months ago, I went in to get an eggplant, and they had two, both of which were half rotten. Again, not a major complaint, I was trying to buy an eggplant out of season, but, really, just take them off the shelf. I've bought asparagus to find that, while perfect on the outside, the inside of the bundle was slimy. Pretty much every time I go in, I buy garlic and onions. I always inspect them because I know the track record, get them home and find the onion has bad spots, or the garlic has green centers or, in this last head, was actually rotten. I just don't understand how on such a high turnover item, that doesn't really go bad quickly, why they can't keep quality produce in stock. I mean, it's only fifty cents for a head of garlic, so I don't take it back, but it is frustrating to be cooking and then realize you don't have such a key component, despite buying it. I'll take fault for the asparagus, even the chicken and shrimp, I should have looked/smelled more closely, but unless they're going to let me cut onions and garlic in half in the store, I don't see any way to avoid this.
Convenience keeps pulling me back, plus I just always hope that may be it was a fluke. But I have started going to Wal-Mart, especially if I need a lot of produce, or if I know what I'm making for two or three meals and can buy it all at once and not stand in line every night.