Maybe I was just a niave Wisconsin girl when I moved down here, but I never knew some of the things that don’t need to be refrigerated!
The milk we buy here in Honduras is in a tetra pack, and therefor doesn’t need to be refrigerated. You can find it on the end of the aisles throughout the grocery store. It tastes a little funny which means I don’t drink it straight, but let’s be honest, I didn’t do that in the States either! The tetra packs make for extra space in the fridge if we buy a few extras. They don’t need to be refrigerated until they’re open, so it’s easy to store them in the cabinet until we need them.
Eggs are also unrefrigerated here in Honduras. They can be found on an end shelf near the freezer section. We also don’t have “extra large” or “jumbo” eggs like in the States, just the regular sized ones. I miss the half-dozens that can usually be purchased back home since buying 12 or even 18 (which is more common) seems like such a waste for how many eggs we actually eat. The ones here come packed in saran wrap on a cardboard egg tray. This always makes me nervous that they will break as we walk home!
The first time I saw margarine sitting on a random shelf in the middle of an aisle near the freezer section, it definitely caught me off guard. But my love for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” meant I couldn’t be stopped from buying it anyway! Apparently it’s just fine that way since we are still alive and well:)
Finally, after seven months, I can usually find things on the first try in the grocery store! That being said, some things are still a crap-shoot. Items that are shipped from the U.S. oftentimes get stuck in customs. Bagels?…if you’re lucky! That means that when we see something we like we tend to stock up for fear that the store will be out the next time we’re there! For example…orange juice 3 gallons at a time? You betcha. Last week we checked two different grocery stores for black olives and came up empty, so this week when we found some we bought three cans! This week we also bought a ridiculous amount of root beer. Root beer is nearly impossible to find down here and is absolutely never on the menu at restaurants! When Alex found an entire shelf of A&W we thought we had died and gone to heaven! 16 cans on the conveyor belt led to some funny stares at the check-out, but it was definitely worth it! Root beer floats for dessert tonight?….