Welcome to a new week!
One of the most controversial posts I’ve ever written detailed a conversation I had with Raul — the manager of the meat department at my local grocery store.
Raul, explained that the rotisserie chickens they sold were so cheap compared to whole, raw chickens because customers who bought the prepared chickens might then go on to buy prepared sides and drinks — both of which were priced with a big mark-up.
Done and done, right?
Dissenting view: Salvaging food near its best-by date
I’d been plenty happy with Raul’s explanation and, based on the lack of complaints, readers were happy too.
That is, they were happy until the past week, when I started getting comments on the blog and over social media telling me that I was wrong.
Had some poultry university I’d never heard of just graduated a new class of experts?
As is so often the case, the source of this new thinking was public television.
On KCET.org, writer Cat Vasko explains that rotisserie chickens and other prepared foods like it are so cheap because “meat and produce are recycled into prepared foods” and in order to “minimize food shrinkage and waste” when it comes to “unsold, fresh meats, fruits and veggies that have passed their sell-by points.”
Of course, if you’ve already read my post “A frugal tip: Eat food after its ‘expiration date,’” then this shouldn’t concern you one bit, because you know that such dates are more useful for grocery employees who use it to rotate inventory, not for consumers trying to decide whether or not to eat something.
And there you have it. What other reasons may exist for why rotisserie chicken is so inexpensive? What other questions do you have about oddly priced grocery items?