PRICE ALERT: Put Ginataang Kalabasa On Your Menu This Week

Don't make eggplant and ampalaya dishes until further notice.

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What's worse than seeing the increased price of the ingredients of your favorite dish? The continued price increases of ingredients, and that's exactly what seems to be happening. The increase in food prices is seen as inflation but that's not the only reason why your limited budget can't cover all the ingredients you normally would be able to fit in it. 

Increased food prices are not just affecting food that you buy in palengkes and supermarkets but also restaurants and even packaged food. It may only be a matter of time before price increases of basic food items are approved, making even the most economical canned goods and even your local pandesal and tasty bread more expensive. 

Just this week, the price of eggplant or talong at palengkes in Metro Manila rose significantly from a high of P80 to P120 per kilo. Ampalaya was already expensive at P130 per kilo but it rose P10 more this week to P140. Even the trusty whole chicken which was priced at P190 per kilo finally hit P200 this week. If you choose to buy specific chicken cuts, these chicken pieces are even more expensive than whole chickens. That's why learning how to cut up a whole chicken and filleting the pieces is the budget-friendly kitchen skill you need to learn if you want to save money. 

You may soon need to pay more for your local pandesal and tasty bread.
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The good news is that not all ingredients' prices skyrocket every week. Some ingredients do see a drop in prices too and for those savvy shoppers, you should keep an eye out for these bargain ingredients. These include cabbage or repolyo which decreased its per kilo price to P60 and kalabasa or squash which dropped to a low of P40 per kilo. The kalabasa at this new low price is priced the same as the sayote which continues to be the most budget-friendly vegetable at the palengke at P40 per kilo despite seeing a P10 price increase this week. 


If you're going shopping for ingredients this week, you need to be armed with the knowledge of what are the prices of the vegetables, meat, fruits, and other essential ingredients for your dishes. Here's a list of ingredients that have changed prices since the last time you were out shopping: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao

These palengke prices are sourced and gathered only from these markets in these areas in the metro: Commonwealth, Guadalupe, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Mega Q-Mart, Muntinlupa, Muñoz, Pasay, Pasig, Pritil, Quinta, and San Andres. 

For more information about the price monitoring of selected agricultural and fishery commodities in the metro by the Department of Agriculture, visit Price Watch on the government agency's website

Price Alert is a weekly roundup of the prices of common goods and other ingredients monitored using the Department of Agriculture's Price Watch. 


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