I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.

 

Groceries, direct to my door? To me, that’s a dream that only in-town dwellers enjoy. Being able to find everything on my list at one stop? That’s another dream. In town kosher supermarkets might seem to have it all, but there’s some items I still love to find at mainstream markets. I’m inviting BCP readers with me on a shopping trip through the aisles of Wegmans in Ocean Township (about a 7-8 minute drive from my house in Deal) to pick up some of my favorites.

 

 

Specialty Gourmet Products

Kosher Truffle Spread. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.One of the fun parts of shopping in a regular supermarket is the thrill of discovery. When most items in the aisles are not kosher, it’s extra exciting when you find a cool product that is…like this black truffle spread. It’s become a staple in my house for Shabbat (I turn it into a dip), and if I’m out, that’s one item I’m running to Wegmans to replenish. Note that the pate on the right isn’t certified kosher, but there is a kosher version available here.

 

 

Soy Products

Kosher soy products. Kosher Truffle Spread. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.

Kosher soy products. Kosher Truffle Spread. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.We use a lot of soy milk in my house. I prefer it over dairy milk in my coffee, and we all heat it up in the evening to enjoy with chai tea (this Zhena Chai Tea is my favorite tea and another one I discovered at Wegmans. They no longer carry it and now I buy it on Amazon). I usually buy a 3-pack of Silk half gallons for $7.99. Those small shelf-stable cartons are just too small for us, and I find that half gallons of soy milk are much more expensive at kosher markets. If you’re not a soy fan, there’s soooo many other non-dairy options. Note that Silk brand contains no dairy but is produced on dairy equipment. For Sepharadim, this is the equivalent of pareve, for others, ask your own Rav.

 

Shirtaki noodles. Kosher Truffle Spread. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.The same aisle in the supermarket also has other soy and related products. You won’t find shirataki noodles at kosher supermarkets, but they’re another cool item I sometimes pick up.

 

Pareve Ice Cream. Kosher soy products. Kosher Truffle Spread. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.That same health food aisle also have lots non-dairy ice cream options, and most of them are kosher certified.

 

Produce Like This

Mainstream markets really excel when it comes to in season produce, which lots of it coming from local farms. (Out of season produce? Not as much. Pomegranates disappear at the end of January, while kosher supermarkets tends to carry them for longer.) All summer long, watermelons are $5 or $6. That can’t be beat. I also like to buy my corn in the husk. Just like this. I take it home and cook it in the husk (cooking method coming soon to BCP!). For those who want to bring home their fresh corn husk-free, there’s large garbage cans next to these bins to get rid of it in store.

And those herbs? When I need herbs for actual consumption, I buy the insect-free versions at kosher supermarkets. When I need really pretty herbs for photoshoots, I buy these.

 

Healthy Snacks

Kosher Mashups. Kosher Supermarkets vs. Mainstream Supermarkets. I like to shop at both, and here’s why. I love the convenience of kosher supermarkets. But I’m not giving up my mainstream markets. Here’s some reasons why.I’ve been seeing versions of these Mash Ups pop up in kosher supermarkets recently, though my kids have been enjoying these for years. I find lots of other “healthyish” types of snacks to supplement the “snack bag” stash here too. For more snack ideas, see this post.

 

Kitchen Products, Appliances, & Other Odd Items

It’s fun to shop for things that aren’t food, and if I’m in need of a gadget, I don’t need to make a special stop. Kids need a thermos for school? There’s lots of selection. Need a new panini press? Throw it into the grocery budget. Sometimes I pick up cool props for photoshoots and I even bought the terrariums for my succulents at the supermarket.

 

What Else?

What else do I specifically buy at mainstream supermarkets? Diet Snapple is usually on anywhere between $5.99 (when on sale) to $9.99 (when not on sale) for a case of a dozen glass bottles (often it’s somewhere in the middle). I also pick up my Ziploc storage containers like these.

 

And Lastly, Inspiration

When there’s lots of non-kosher products around, it’s a prime source for ideas…what would I like to make in a kosher version?

Kosher Falafel at your local supermarket.Aren’t these falafel wraps a good idea? How about those falafel poppers below, with yogurt inside? I got the idea for the Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches in Kids Cooking Made Easy after spotting an ice cream-stuffed Rice Krispie treats in the freezer aisle at Wegmans and they’re still one of my favorite summertime treats.

 

What do you like to pick up at mainstream markets that you wish kosher supermarkets carried? Let us know here!

 

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For Costco favorites – Click here. 

12 COMMENTS

  1. Great article. The closest kosher market to me is 30 minutes away in Lakewood – which I recently found out. I used to buy my kosher meat at my local Shoprite, but their prices are much higher- I am assuming because they have to source out (Empire, Kiryas Joel, Mealmart) but I have been trying to find the time to drive out to seasons or gourmet glatt and stock up. Otherwise, everything else can be found at Shoprite, Trader joes, Wegmans and Whole Foods.

  2. Ooh another shopping post! That was a fun read. Quick comment though-I’ve always wondered where kosher cookbook people got all these awesome but free herbs- turns out that dish is literally non-recreatable- a bit disappointing…

    • No worrieS! I won’t create a recipe where the herbs are not avail bug-free or not easily checkable. Mostly we’ll just use those herbs because they look a little perkier. With so many bug free items available in addition to the pretty Verdini greens (which mainstream supermarkets do not carry), we have it great nowadays!!

  3. Where can I get that Pasta Zero? I see its gluten free and we need that. Does it cook well? Better than the kosher brown rice pasta?

    • Mainstream supermarkets!! Wegmans Stop and Shop, Shoprite I’m sure. I have a few great recipes that use it in my new book.

    • Truffles are in the mushroom family, they’re dug up from the ground in Italy. They’re a delicacy with a strong aroma. Truffle oil really only has the essence of it (i.e. Oil was marinated with truffle) and the salt has bits of truffle.

  4. Great article!!
    I was reading your article attached about healthy snacks and came across this granola I never heard of. Made good granola is it good and where can I get just one box from?

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