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Hate Cutting Fruits And Veggies? Whole Foods Now Has A ‘Produce Butcher’

This could be a huge time-saver for busy home cooks.

If the words “butcher” and “vegetables” don’t exactly go hand-in-hand for you, Whole Foods is about to change that.

A Whole Foods store in Manhattan, New York, now has a “Produce Butcher” who will cut your fruits and veggies.

If you love fresh ingredients, but hate the process of cutting it all up, the produce butcher sounds perfect! It could also come in handy if you physically can’t cut the fruits and vegetables or for those really annoying ones—like pineapples and watermelons.

The butcher “will cut, slice, dice, julienne, chop, and grate any produce item at a shopper’s request,” according to a Whole Foods press release.

The service costs $1 per pound for bulk items (like apples) and individual items (like watermelon) cost $1, on top of the initial cost of the fruit or vegetable. There is a 5-pound maximum for bulk items.

While the Produce Butcher is currently only at the Manhattan location, some grocery stores will also cut up certain fruits for an additional cost. Be careful, though, sometimes it could cost you a lot more.

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CBS News highlighted a list from ShopSmart Magazine with the prices of five pre-cut foods, compared to the cost if you just cut them yourself.

According to the list, a pound of pineapple costs around $2.75, while a pound of pre-cut pineapple costs about $4.28 per pound. ShopSmart says that deal might actually be worth it though because of the time it takes to cut up the pineapple, and if you don’t do it correctly, you might actually waste some of the fruit.

Also on the list is onions, which had the biggest markup of all pre-cut products the magazine compared. At a 392-percent price increase, the average price for a pound of pre-cut onions was $4.65 a pound, versus 99 cents for a pound of whole onions.

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Photo by jimlightfoot26
Photo by jimlightfoot26

What do you think? Is it worth it to pay more just so you don’t have to cut up your fruits and veggies?