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What should I look for when buying a cake in the store.

Showcase with cakes
Showcase with cakes

I recently published an article about why I do not buy cakes in the shops (leave a link at end of article). Readers began to ask, and then how to choose a good cake? Today will tell what I look for when buying desserts.

where to buy

Buy cakes and desserts are available in any store or supermarket. I would definitely not recommend to buy cakes in obscure places such as street vendors. They do not have to report to anybody, therefore they do not care about the expiration date. They need to sell everything that there is.

What should be the packaging

Packaging dessert may be different. But I always look to her there was no tampering. It happens that during transport the cake could fall and slightly damaged, on such goods would normally give a discount.

But if you suspect that the package opened, you never buy such a product.

Imagine, I am new in the store and the merchandise accidentally dropped a box of cakes on the floor. If it finds the bosses, the box of sweets have to be written off and the losses will be deducted from my salary. To avoid this, I carefully collect all the cakes in a box, the benefit they have not lost the look, and put back in the window.
It does not matter, plastic wrap or paper - without opening the main
It does not matter, plastic wrap or paper - without opening the main

Shelf life and storage location

When I buy something, I always pay attention to the expiration date. This is the first thing I see when I take the goods in hand.

production date must be on a common labelThat it was impossible to re-stick. Worst case of labeling - this is the usual sticker, which is written by hand the date of manufacture.

This sticker is easy to re-stick, thus increasing the shelf life of 2-3 days. More than 3 days usually do not add, because the buyer can get poisoned, and the problems are not wanted.

the shelf life of easy-stick to the left. Right - much more difficult.
the shelf life of easy-stick to the left. Right - much more difficult.

Also, I always pay attention to the conditions in which the dessert is stored in the store, and compare with the instructions on the label. It is important that these conditions are met by the seller.

Composition

I try not to buy desserts, the composition of which takes more than 4 lines. Of course there are exceptions, when the cake is made up of a large number of ingredients. But usually, the longer the composition, the more it is not natural.

In this part of the natural ingredients can be counted on the fingers
In this part of the natural ingredients can be counted on the fingers
Also important to note, on the basis of a standard made dessert. If this Standard, all ingredients must be accurately painted. The TU (technical specifications) is allowed to omit the details, and you'll never know what oil is a part of (for example, it may be a palm or sunflower).

Total

Unfortunately, in recent years manufacturers strive to make desserts as much as possible long shelf life. This is only possible by the addition of various preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and other chemicals. How useful are these components - you decide, but such desserts I will not buy himself and his family.

P.S. Earlier, in the Soviet Union, all the cakes are made exclusively from natural ingredients and have a shelf life of 72 hours (3 days). If you find such a cake, it can be taken without hesitation.

Advertising posters of the USSR
Advertising posters of the USSR

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