Shopping Tip: Mark the Tare Weight On Your Containers

Do you shop from the bulk bins? I get nearly half of my shopping list at the bulk bins these days, and I am trying to make this a little more convenient (and greener) by skipping the disposable bags and bringing my own containers. I buy just what I need and no more, and I eliminate a step because I don't have to fill up my jars at home. Only one issue: I need to know what my containers weigh.

For instance, I have this lovely tin from Fortnum & Mason's in London, which my friend brought me several years ago. The chai tea blend is long gone, but I use it now to store black tea from the bulk bins at the co-op. To weigh the tea and pay accurately, though, I need to know what is called the tare weight, or the weight of the empty container. It's a pain to weigh the tin every time I go to the store, so I finally just marked the bottom of the tin with the tare weight. Ta-da! Easy to remember, and very convenient.

I'm doing this to my other glass jars and containers that I store flour and sugar in.

Here are some other good ideas for bulk storage containers:

Thrifty Kitchen: 6 Ways to Reuse Oatmeal Tins!
Quick Tip: Five Ways to Re-Use Yogurt Containers

Do you have any other tips or tricks to make shopping at the bulk bins more convenient?

Related: Conscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in Bulk

(Images: Faith Durand)

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