Bulk Organic Foods Slash Your Budget and Improve Your Diet
Bulk organic foods are a healthy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective option for consumers wanting quality organic foods. With food costs rising, buying bulk organic foods is also a great way to gain some food security in your home. Having stored bulk organic food in your home is a great way to keep you and your family well fed in times of crisis or scarcity. We’re going to look at the reasons to buy bulk organic food as well as some tips to get you started.
Why are bulk organic foods healthy?
Typically, bulk organic foods like rice, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains are about as unprocessed as you can get if you’re not growing your own. We’ve all heard that a whole food diet is optimal for our health and by avoiding packaged products, we’re avoiding processed foods. Buying bulk organic foods is a great way to make sure you’re consuming whole foods.
Why are bulk organic foods environmentally friendly?
Think about the packaging costs associated with buying a consumer sized bag of rice. From the labor involved in the manufacturing process to the plastic bags used for every 1 or 2 pound bag, it really adds up when you think about how much of that one item you might consume in 6 months or a year. Studies have shown that when comparing bulk foods over pre-packaged foods, buying in bulk saves an average of 54 percent on delivery costs and packing material. Those savingsare passed on to the environment, which sees a reduction in cardboard, plastic and other packaging waste. Bulk organic foods often come in 25 or 50 pound paper sacks and are meant to be stored in sealable, reusable containers. You may need to make a small investment in food storage buckets with lids, but you can use them over and over again.
Why are bulk organic foods cost-effective?
Buying bulk organic foods can save you a lot of money in the long run. The initial investment may seem like a lot but when you crunch the numbers, you’ll see that it’s well worth it. Packaged foods cost more money for a number of reasons. First, there’s the actual packaging cost involved in individually packaging small amounts. Then there’s the cost associated with the branding of that item. The costs involved in packaging, the brand name, advertising, pr, shipping & handling and more are all passed on to you as the consumer. The reason bulk organic foods are so inexpensive is that there’s no marketing cost involved, and minimal packaging, and because, like the Costco model, it’s cheaper to buy a greater quantity, no matter what.
There are certain items that I always buy in bulk because I know I’ll go through them and it’s just easier to know that I always have it on hand. Organic popcorn is a great example. In my family, we love our movie night tradition and we’ve got to have our popcorn. So I buy my organic popcorn in bulk not only because it saves money, but because I don’t run out of it as often as if I was buying smaller sizes and that makes for a happier family.
Tips for buying bulk organic foods:
1) Share with a friend or neighbor. If you don’t think you’d go through a 25 pound bag of beans by yourself, split it with someone else and you’ll both get the benefits.
2) Make sure to store them properly, typically in a cool, dry place.
3) Stock up on good quality plastic or glass containers to store your bulk organic foods in order to keep them free from critters, moisture and light.
4) If you have a vacuum sealer, use it on your bulk organic foods to extend their shelf life.
5) Plan to use your bulk organic foods within about 6 months to a year of purchasing them. While beans and some grains will last much, much longer than that, you’ll avoid wasting food by planning for 6 months to a year at a time.
6) Check with local restaurants to see if they have any reusable food storage buckets. A local chain here in Tucson sells their used pickle buckets which are great for storing bulk organic foods. Your local restaurants would probably do the same.
What types of bulk organic foods can you find?
You’d be surprised how many bulk organic foods are available. From beans and legumes to rice, flour and grains, sweeteners, baking ingredients, nuts and seeds, cereal and granola, dried fruit, spices and herbs, even pasta and soaps. Don’t be intimidated by the volume of food. In this cost-conscious, health-conscious, and environmentally-conscious world, buying bulk organic foods is worth a try.