How Not to Be a Jerk When Sampling Free Food at the Grocery Store — Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping

You know the drill.

It’s 5:45 p.m. and you’ve had a long day at work. You stop at the grocery store to pick up some essentials (yes, ice cream on a Monday is essential) and hope you can make it home before your hangriness takes over.

Then, you see it: a beautiful plastic dome atop the cheese counter offering a taste of grass-fed ricotta with a dollop of fig jam. You take one sample, but are dying for another. Should you go for it? And actually, you want to try some blue cheese, but it’s not on sample. Also, why is that person coming up and — yikes, did he just wipe his nose with his sleeve and then reach in with his hands to take a sample? How many germs did you just consume?

It can be exhausting and gross, but Rachel Hewlett, who works for Whole Foods’ supplier demo program for the global grocery team, is here to share how best to navigate the free food at the grocery store.

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