Sometimes that trip to the grocery store needs to be an in and out affair and sometimes, you’ve got to speak up and ask for what you need. At the butcher counter, when you’re missing a product, or when you’re looking for a fresher head of lettuce, here’s when and how to speak up at the grocery store so you can get exactly what you were looking for.
To order something they don’t stock.
For years, I’d go to a few different grocery stores in search of something my usual one didn’t have and often still come back empty handed and tired from driving all over town. However, did you know you can ask your store to order something they don’t carry? Neither did I until I actually tried it. I recently was on the hunt for a brand of cashew milk but they only stocked their almond milk so I asked and sure enough, it was on the shelves a few weeks later. It’s within reason, of course. They’re likely not going to bring in something extra-specific if they don’t think it will sell or if it’s simply not sold in your state, but you’ll be surprised by how much they can actually call in if you request it. Plus, they’ll appreciate that you’re such a devout customer that you’d rather buy from them then their competitors.
To prep some of that meat you’re ordering at the butcher counter.
If you’re making a recipe that calls for butterflied chicken but you’re running late on dinner — just ask the butcher to do it for you. Or if you’re feeling lazy about having to cut chicken into cubes for a stir-fry or skewers, ask the butcher to do it for you. They can also debone or grind meat for you. Sometimes they can even repackage something if they don’t currently have the exact amount you need prepackaged. Utilize the butcher at the grocery store and you can seriously cut down on your prep time in the kitchen.
To ask for a produce item if you don’t see it stocked.
It’s the worst feeling when you head to the grocery store to buy a particular item and it’s out of stock. That always seems to happen to me in the produce department, especially when it comes to things like herbs and more specialized produce such as radicchio or rainbow carrots, which they don’t keep tons of out on the shelves. There are usually at least one or two employees manning the produce department, though, so don’t hesitate to ask if they have something you don’t see. Often, they just haven’t had a chance to restock it and it’s waiting in the back.