Saturday, March 24, 2012
What came to mind when you read "bulk food"? Did you imagine I was shopping for 20 cans of soup and a dozen boxes of cereal?
That would be my spouse's style. He is a frequent Costco shopper.
But that's not my style. I try to locate places that offer bins of bulk raisins, scoops of flour and unpackaged spices. Entire bulk stores were common in the previous province (Ontario) where I used to live.
Out west, I have a difficult time finding my bulk food stores. Sure, some of the grocery stores offer bins of chocolate peanuts and bulk snack food. I want 'staples'-- and not the office kind!
Today I took a special trip to top up my pantry. I am able to buy just enough to fill my storage containers and not have to store the leftover packaging.
I bought some bulk parsley, Hungarian paprika, pitted prunes, garlic powder (not garlic salt), sunflower seeds and coconut.
I found cashews for my stir fry dinners and I bought some pecan pieces for a treat I serve close to Easter.
Today's shopping at the Natural Food depot for eight items, in amounts that I can control, cost me $14.03. That's not too bad.
Do you take advantage of places that offer bulk, unpackaged food?