Buying Bulk Organic Food to Save
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 3:12 pm
Do you like to buy organic food, but don’t like the effect it has on your grocery bill? By buying bulk organic food, you can save money without sacrificing the nutritious benefits of eating organic. Sometimes you will find you can even get organic food for less than regular food! Here’s how.
Where to Buy Bulk Organic Food
There are several places you can find bulk organic foods. Check for bulk containers at your local natural food store, join a food co-op or buying club, and even check your local supermarket. Sometimes you can even order bulk organic food online! At the store, look for the bulk organic products in large sacks or bag (often on the bottom shelf).
Another great way to reap the benefits of bulk organic food without having huge quantities to store and worry about using up is to find a friend to split your groceries with. This way, you both get the benefits without the disadvantages or inconvenience of too much bulk.
What Organic Food to Buy in Bulk
As with any groceries, it is best to buy non-perishable foods or foods that can be frozen in bulk. Here are some guidelines for what organic foods to stock up on when buying in bulk.
- Flour and grains. I like to buy organic grains, such as oats and rice, in bulk. Just make sure you have a large, sealed container to keep them in to avoid bugs. It’s also convenient to have these things on hand for spontaneous baking.
- Sugar. The same goes for sugar as with flour and grains.
- Nuts. If you store them in a cool, dry storage space they should last for at least 4 months.
- Beans and lentils. Again, keep them in a cool, dry storage space to retain optimal freshness.
- Meat. I’ve noticed that buying organic meat in bulk portions saves a lot of money. When I get home I just separate it into separate bags and put it in the freezer. Just remember to thaw it a day or two ahead of cooking.
- Some fruits and vegetables. Buying bulk bags of organic fruits, such as apples, is a lot cheaper than buying them individually. Apples tend to last quite a while (even months when refrigerated). To get the best prices on bulk organic produce, buy in season. When they are not in season, you can still stock up on preserved or dried organic produce for less!
When to Bulk Organic Food
I tend to buy bulk organic food about every 4-6 months. Things such as grains will last a while. I make sure to use up my stock completely before replenishing to avoid any waste. Just make sure you keep your bulk organic buys in a cool, dry storage space. Oh, and don’t forget to calculate the unit prices to make sure that your bulk buy is really saving money!