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Best Foods to Buy in Bulk

What Foods Do You Buy in Bulk?

In case you missed it, Oct. 23 was National Bulk Foods Day. Although it's tempting to buy convenient prepacks, there are definite advantages to buying candy or grains from bins rather than in packages and to stocking up on foodstuffs in the wholesale quantities that one might find at Costco. On top of being a much better value, buying in bulk is also less of a burden on the environment. Items that don't go bad quickly, like nuts, beans, and grains, are at the top of my bulk list.

What do you purchase in bulk?

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eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years
Walnuts,Pecans,and trail mix.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I buy steel cut oats bulk, as well as most of my spices. I can buy only as much of a certain spice as I need, so it's MUCH more economical. I also buy dried fruit from the bulk bins if I'm using it in a recipe--some of it can be pretty expensive, so if I only need a few dried figs or something, I'll buy them that way.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Fresh eggs from the co-op, coffee beans, nuts, granola, small pasta shapes, dried beans and fruit. Unfortunately, no bacon.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
Flour, for sure. Just got some unbleached and whole wheat, but the store I go to carries pretty much all types, including gluten-free versions. Nuts - sooo much cheaper than prepackaged and you can just get what you need. Dried fruit (dates, apricots, cranberries, mango, pineapple). Spices. Candy. I LOVE the bulk bins!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
I buy nuts, rice, grains, etc.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
For us...most spices are waaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper in the bulk bins than in the jars. So most of our spices come from the bins. Also....the different types of flours (bread flour, cake flour), any types of beans, lentils, cornmeal, flax seed, wheat germ, nuts.....I think that's it! :)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
danakscully64, I'm asking about both!
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Ground flax, trail mix, coffee (use their free grinder), nuts, candy, vegetarian gummy bears (from the bins, they had them at HEB Plus in TX, I miss that place), and from now on, I'm going to buy pretty much everything I can in bulk, as long as it's affordable. Most of those things are cheaper, but I have seen random items that are more expensive (like white sugar). And I'm a little confused... I always hear people say buying in bulk as in large quantities (like Costco), but the picture shows a bulk bin, where you usually buy less than what you'd get prepackaged (how often do you buy more than a pound or two of sugar from the bin compared to the 5 pound bags of sugar at the store?). Someone please help with my confusion :P
lauren lauren 5 years
I buy ton of bulk, granola, flour, sugar, brown sugar, nuts, teas! A lot of things.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 5 years
nuts, grains and some specialty items like candied ginger when i only need a small amount for a specific recipe.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I try to buy as much as I can. I wish I could buy more, but I have to be pretty particular now with making sure everything is gluten-free without being contaminated.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 5 years
rice, lentils, beans... but since i live in a place where halal food isnt so readily available, i also buy meat, indian spices and indian flour in bulk too. basically my pantry= a mini indian costco lol
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