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10/9/11 11:21 A

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Thanks, Linda! Yeah, that stuff is great - I use reconstituted powdered milk for most all my baked recipes, just to save on the expensive stuff. Mr. Sici can't tell the difference, so why not!

You reminded me that I wanted to post my favorite bulk bin trick today: how to grow your own bean sprouts! Cheap, quick, and really versatile, I use this method every week - enjoy!

How to Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts in 1 week or less! tammysrecipes.com/make_your_own_bean
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Easy notes for slow connections:

1) Cover 2-3 T. mung beans (dried, from bulk) with water in a glass jar; soak overnight.
2) Drain and put a breathable cover on (I use cheesecloth and a rubberband); store under a towel at an angle (usually propped up in a bowl works best)
3) Rinse and drain twice per day for 5-7 days until you have bean sprouts

These are great for salads, sandwiches, and of course stir fry! So easy to grow, and only a few cents, compared to about $3/bag for the pregrown ones at the store. Yum!

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10/9/11 10:46 A

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Sici,
I like your recipes for INSTANT (POWDERED) MILK and how to make Sweetened Condensed Milk. I will definitely use that. I keep powdered milk on hand to use for cooking and save the purchased liquid for drinking.

We had a store with bulk bins that went out of business over ten years ago. It just didn't go well in a town as small as ours.

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9/29/11 2:33 P

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9/29/11 12:44 P

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Here are some more basic recipes for preparing dried grains, beans, and other bulk bin-type goodies.

Incidentally, if you are new to the bulk bins and are needing to figure your calories and other nutrients for the days you are using staples from there, that info is often displayed on the bin (or can usually be found somewhere online).

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Basic Directions: Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Salt can be added if desired. Add amount of angel hair desired, and return to rapid boil. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, 3 - 4 minutes. Drain. For salads and baked dishes, rinse in cold water, drain. For hot sauces, rinse in hot water.

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FALAFEL
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Basic Directions: Mix 3/4 c. cold water and 1 c. falafel mix and let stand for 15 minutes. Pour 1 inch vegetable oil into deep fryer. Heat oil to 350° - 375°. Make small balls and fry until brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

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NATURE'S BURGER (vegetarian burger blend)
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Basic Directions: For approximately 6 patties, mix 1-˝ cups Nature’s Burger with 1-˝ cups boiling water. Stir well. Let the mixture stand for 10 to 15 minutes until it has cooled and stiffened. Shape into thin patties (˝” thick, about 3” in diameter). Pan fry on medium heat in vegetable oil, turning frequently until done and brown on both sides.

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REFRIED BEAN MIX (this is vegetarian)
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Basic Directions: Place 1˝ cups instant refried beans in a bowl. Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir well. Cover 5 minutes, blend, and serve.

Variation: For a richer flavor, add 1 or 2 tablespoons butter to beans before adding boiling water, stir to dissolve.

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TABOULI
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Basic Directions: Place 1 cup of Tabouli mix in bowl, then add 1/4 c. olive oil, 1 finely chopped tomato, and 1 c. cold water. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to 1 hour to absorb water and blend flavors together. Serve on a bed of lettuce with your choice of garnishes such as black olives, cucumber slices and radishes. Serves 2 - 3 people.

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VEGETABLE SOUP BLEND
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Basic Directions: Add 1 cup mix to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover tightly, simmer 45 - 50 minutes.

Can also be added to other homemade soups or stuffing blends, no soaking needed (just rinse).

Edited by: SICIANASARI at: 9/29/2011 (14:37)
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There's a grocery not far from my apartment that has bulk bins, and we've also got Sunflower and Whole Foods here, and of course they always have bulk bins. They also have grains that you can't find at the grocery in those bulk bins like quinoa and millet. I love those bulk bins. emoticon

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Oddly enough we have very few stores that have bulk bin and not that many in the store that has them. I wish we had a larger variety.

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Great points, thank you for the reminder on those!

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A lot of my food shopping is from bins at 2 food co-ops and my local health store. Hopefully, those on this forum won't be using those small plastic bags. It's so simple to buy some muslin, and stitch up some bags of several sizes to use for your purchases. Then, when you get home, empty the purchases into airtight containers, and wash your bags to use next time. helps the planet, your food doesn't get chemicals off the plastic bags and anyone can take a needle and thread and sew the bags even if they don't have a sewing machine.
Many bulk foods come from foreign countries....it's very important to check to see if it is a fair trade item.

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9/27/11 8:21 P

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Whether you're new to frugaling-it-up or an old hand at it, you are bound to eventually encounter a store that has bulk bins. These are areas where you can often get incredibly good deals on many items sans-packaging, especially staples such as flours, sugars, cereals, pet foods, and seasonings.

This thread is not only for tips and ideas about what you use for packaging on your bulk purchases, but also for basic and advanced recipes: often, I will get home with a bulk item, having forgotten to grab one of the recipe cards (or I've purchased an item for which there were no cards), and have no idea how to cook it! You can always search the 'net, but this is a one-stop shop for many of the more common purchases.

I'll kick off the thread with a few of the basic details I have from cards I picked up at Winco, but I suspect that, for instance, dry couscous is dry couscous anywhere, so these should work regardless of where you purchased your bulk goods. Another good resource is Bob's Red Mill site, since they sell packaged versions of a variety of things that are similarly available in bulk, and they have recipes for them at the bottom of each product page: www.bobsredmill.com/ .

Please feel free to add any more basic recipes from your own cards (or just from your own knowledge of how to cook basic grains, dried beans, etc.), or even more advanced-but-simple recipes that you love! My apologies to our metric-using friends for the lack of conversions on these.

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CHEESE SAUCE
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Basic Directions: Mix 1˝ cups mix with 2 cups water. Pour over steamed vegetables or prepared elbow macaroni.

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Basic Directions: Bring 1˝ cups water or broth to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup whole wheat couscous, 1/2 tsp. salt, stir. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Stir to fluff up and serve. Makes five 1/2 cup servings.

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Basic Directions (for 2 Spark-size servings): Mix 1/4 c. water with 1/4 c. hummus mix and 1 t. olive oil. Blend well until thickened; chill if desired.

I also add a sprinkling of chives to mine - hummus is really versatile and can be made differently through adding a variety of herbs and spices.

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INSTANT (POWDERED) MILK
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Basic Directions: Mix 1-1/3 c. powdered milk with 3-3/4 c. cold water; makes 1 quart.

Recipe for Sweetened Condensed Milk: INGREDIENTS: 1 c. powdered milk mix, 2/3 c. sugar, 1/4 c. butter (softened), 1/3 c. boiling water. DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in blender and blend for 1 minute. Yields 14 oz. same as most cans.

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Basic Directions: Cook macaroni in boiling water 8 - 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Can add cheese sauce (see above) and butter, if desired.

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OLD FASHIONED OATS
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Basic Directions (for 1 serving): Bring 1 c. water and a dash of salt to a boil. Stir in 1/2 c. oats. Cover and cook 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Microwave Directions (for 1 serving): Combine 1 c. water, a dash of salt, and 1/2 c. oats in a medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave 2-1/2 to 3 minutes; stir before serving.

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Basic Directions: Boil 4 qts. water and 2 t. salt; add rotini. Return water to rapid boil and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 10-12 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

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Basic Directions: Mix 1 part warm water with 2 parts TVP mix. Let stand 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.

I use this like rice and sauté it into stir fry recipes with the vegetables and seasonings, after preparing. It also works well as a substitute for Mexican rice, with the right seasonings. It can also be used in place of proteins rather than in place of grains -- like, you can add it to bean chili in the last 30 minutes of simmering, rather than using ground beef. It gives it a nice texture, and when it's seasoned, it is really tough to tell a difference!



Edited by: SICIANASARI at: 9/29/2011 (13:04)
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