- What I pulled off the top of my fridge. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Modern single life in D.C. holds a few perils—returning to your Midwestern hometown and finding every person you ever knew wed and procreating; guys who pay money to learn to pick up women—but few aspects of solo living are as frustrating as mold.
The green spots on that last quarter loaf of bread. The stank emanating from your produce drawer. The blackness of those week-old bananas. The sliminess of the deli turkey that’s gone uneaten one day too long. All the decay in your kitchen reminds you that you are alone, with no one to share your groceries with.
Though grocery stores make fine locations for meet-cutes, they don’t cater particularly well to the single set when it comes to merchandise. Says Joe Yonan, Washington Post food writer and author of Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One, “Grocery shopping is the first hurdle for anyone cooking for themselves because so many of the products are geared toward larger households.” Solo shoppers lose the price advantages of bulk-food stores like Costco and are forced to either buy more than they can eat or pay a premium for smaller portions. “I’ve spent a lot of time venting about things like celery,” he laments, noting that the vegetable is rarely sold in small enough portions to make economic sense for one person.
But things need not be so bleak. The Market Report turns to Yonan and to science for help for the single shopper, and promises that these tips will go beyond “eat leftovers” and “freeze things.” Or "have kids."