Millennial Grocery Guide

Perfect Pulled Pork Sandwiches

How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce then heading to the meat counter). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!


Your Cabinet & Fridge

  • Salt, pepper, olive oil, brown sugar These are all Millennial Pantry & Fridge Staples


  • 1 package of sage (12-15 leaves) $$ Found in the herb section of your grocery store.
  • 2 medium sized apples $ Any kind of apples from the orchard are absolutely delicious in this recipe. If you're using apples from the grocery store, choose a variety that is a mix of green and red skin - not Red Delicious and not Granny Smith. Macintosh work well.
  • 1 cup apple cider $ This recipe is a great excuse to go buy a quart of fresh pressed apple cider from a local apple orchard - and an excuse to make hot apple cider with the leftovers! If you're not able to grab some fresh local cider, any grocery store will stock apple cider as well. At the grocery store you can find apple cider in the produce section or sometimes near the deli with other prepared smoothies or drinks like POM pomegranate juice.

Meat Counter

  • 2 pork chops, boneless or bone-in $ I've made this recipe with both bone-in pork chops and boneless center cut pork chops and both times it's been delicious. The bone-in pork chop is slightly more flavorful, but a boneless pork chop is a bit more straightforward to cook because everything cooks at an even rate. Either will work perfectly fine. The Kitchn has A Complete Guide to Pork Chops if you're looking for even more in-depth information. Pro-tip: watch out for sales and buy a large pack to freeze (with my FoodSaver, of course!). I bought mine for 99 cents a pound!