In a recent chat with my Nashville friend and Fine Cooking equipment reviewer Nicki Wood, she talked about “recession nonnegotiables.” These are the food items you are willing to always pay full price for, even during troubling economic times like these. For her household, the list includes “seafood, canned clams, and roast peanuts because the non-premium version of each isn't something to look forward to.”
Reviewing my household grocery purchases, I’ve found my non-negotiables are USDA Organic Certified chicken, sustainable seafood, organic greens and apples, and locally roasted coffee. I'd rather do without than settle for a cheaper/less good version of any of these.
I think we’ve all taken a second look at our grocery carts of late, wondering if we might be able to make due with the generic brand of cereal or a cheaper version of a lunchtime favorite. What about you? Are there foods that are non-negotiable, that you’d rather just do without than buy a less pricey version of?