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Bulk Food Tip September 21, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourprairiehome @ 2:58 pm

One of my favorite ways to save money is to shop the bulk food bins at Whole Foods or Sprouts Farmers Market. Both stores have a great selection in dried goods that store well in the pantry.

One problem that I see in buying these foods for the newbie is the pack of cooking instructions for those foods. With that in mind, here is a tip that I am using in my kitchen.

Take a blank book or notebook and write the basic recipes for preparing the food items. Having this information readily available will save a lot of frustration later.

Here is one example.  I recently purchased farina at Sprouts for 99 cents per pound. I filled a quart container for less than $2.00.  When I got home, I realised I had no instructions. Luckily I had a small box of farina in the pantry that I was able to copy the info from.

Having the information not only helps me, but anyone else in the family who wants to cook.  I may know how to cook lentils, but my daughter doesn’t.  

Once you have the basic cooking instructions recorded in the book, add favorite recipes using those bulk foods.  I am using a small 3-ring binder for mine. This way I can add index tabs to make finding each bulk food faster.


6 Responses to “Bulk Food Tip”

  1. This is such a great idea! I just started buying bulk and I need directions in the kitchen for everything. Thanks for the tip!

    • You are welcome. If possible, start with the basic instructions on the packaging from items bought at the grocery store.

      Some health food stores have recipes on their websites to give you a start. Beyond that, an internet search should give you directions and recipes using those foods.

  2. Glad to see you are back. Good ideas you have. We don’t have any bulk or large stores where we are at. Have to go to Provo and that is two hours away.

  3. Debbie Olson Says:

    I’m glad to see you back and that you are doing well. I too have started blogging again. I had been using my ipad and couldn’t blog from it for some reason. It pooped out on me so I’m back to my laptop which is easy to make a blog post on.
    I buy lots of food in bulk and your idea is a good one. I make index cards and place them with the food in the pantry. The bulk food is in storage buckets in the big pantry. Having the index cards does make it easy for others to make meals as you said.
    Take care.

  4. Amber Says:

    Miss your writings. Hope all is well..

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