These days, it seems like everything is exorbitantly expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, every category saw an average increase of 8.5 percent between March 2021 and March 2022. Unfortunately, our most essential commodities—food, gas, and shelter—have been the most severely affected. In the past 12 months, food costs have increased by the most (8.8%), and there is no indication that this trend will soon reverse.
Sadly, citrus, which has suffered a staggering 19.5 percent increase in price in the past year, is the food most impacted by inflation. Compared to lemons, limes, and grapefruit, oranges of all varieties are specifically experiencing the most change.
Even while we enjoy oranges for their flavor and immune-boosting vitamin C content, there are many other foods that haven’t been as badly affected by inflation that contain even more vitamin C than oranges. Broccoli, bell peppers, and kiwi are a few of the favorites.
Bacon and sausage
One of the things you’ve probably seen having the biggest impact on your wallet is meat products. The meat category’s hardest-hit products include bacon, sausage, and other processed pig goods, whose prices are, on average, 16.5 percent higher than they were a year ago. Particularly, bacon has witnessed an 18% increase.
It can be worthwhile to investigate the bacon costs offered by nearby or regional farms and butchers and to search in the frozen food department for cheaper sausages. To get your addiction and stretch your budget at the same time, you may also vary your intake by substituting plant-based options like homemade vegan bacon or veggie sausage.
bread and crackers
Bread and crackers, which are often among the most affordable items in the market, have increased by 16.3 percent as a result of inflation. According to CNN, this is a result of Ukraine exporting less wheat and grain products as a result of its conflict with Russia, which has an effect on availability everywhere. (At the moment, Russia is also unable to export its wheat and grain products.) This is a hard blow for nations all around the world because these nations export over 30% of the world’s wheat and grains.
Veal with beef
With prices rising by 16 percent across the board, beef is another animal product that is feeling the effects of inflation very strongly. Uncooked beef steak sales are up 16.4% year over year, while veal sales are up a significant 18.8%.
Some fats and oils
Margarine and nut butters experienced the most price increases over the past year, each at 15.8% percent, in the overall fats and oils category. Given that butter has experienced the least growth in use among the ingredients, this may be all the justification you need to resume using it sometimes in cooking.