Did you know you can take your own resuable container to the salad bar at Whole Foods? No, you don’t pay for the weight of the container. To help you waste even less, we’ll walk you through the process.
First, select a cool reusable container. Green Bambino has tons! Here’s the one I took today:
When you get to Whole Foods, take your container to the customer service desk to be weighed. They’ll write the tare weight on a sticky note. The tare weight (pronounced like “tear” a piece of paper) is the weight of your container and will be subtracted from your purchase at check out. By the way, the folks at Whole Foods are super-nice, so don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.
Next, head over to the salad and hot food bar. It all costs the same (as of this post, $7.99 a pound), so load up with whatever looks yummy. I chose beef stew, mac & cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes and pineapple. I was hungry and my stomach got the better of me. This was way more food than I needed.
For those of you who think you can’t get enough food in a reusable container, I packed a whopping 1.36 pounds of food into my compact little ECOLunchbox.
Finally, head to a check out stand. Hand them your container(s) and the sticky note(s) with your tare weights. They’ll subtract the weight of your container, leaving you to just pay for the food inside!
FYI – this tutorial is accurate for containers weighing less than one pound. If your container weighs more than a pound, the cashier will subtract the ounces over a pound at the register, but you’ll need to go back to customer service to get the first pound refunded. Again, the folks at Whole Foods are happy to help, so don’t hesitate to ask.