Our grocery store cost is based on the real world cost of buying the ingredients needed to cook any given meal from a Premium Neighborhood Grocery Store in NW DC, attempting to match the quality of scratchDC sourcing. Items are priced at the smallest quantities available that most closely match what is needed for the recipe and avoid excess spoilage. Staple ingredients that most people have like oils, butter, soy sauce, salt and pepper are NOT included in the pricing. The prices obviously do not take into account the cost of time spent searching for recipes, shopping, prepping or cleanup. In-store prices fluctuate, so we update the prices we find at the store monthly.
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