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[London] bulk grains/ groceries/ cheap/ fresh?

relizabeth Feb 2, 2008 04:18 AM

Between porridge every morning and simple apple crisps a few nights a week, my husband and I go through about a kilo of oats a week (Sainsbury's taste the difference is our usual go to brand). Do you know where we can buy oats- and other grains/legumes- in those bulk bins? Ideally cheap, fresh, and in east London? We are still reeling from how much Park Slope Food Coop has left us totally unprepared for life here.

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    brokentelephone Mar 16, 2013 01:23 PM

    Whole Foods is selling all sorts of grains/legumes/spices in bulk now, and I genuinely think the prices might be reasonable (at least compared with the boxed equivalent at my local supermarket).

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      zuriga1 Mar 16, 2013 11:48 PM

      Yes, they have tons of stuff in bulk. I went last week to buy a lot of seeds for bread but they don't seem to be still selling those. I did end up buying some malted hazlenut cereal something or other, and it's delicious. The prices aren't too bad at all and they have a machine that weighs the bag and prints out the cost on a sticker. I bet the people at the tills love that.

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      McGloom Mar 16, 2013 12:51 PM

      Very late reply, but in case someone else comes across this lookingnformthe same answer, I've just found this in London Fields/ Hackney Central area. http://beunpackaged.com/products/

      Haven't been yet but plan to very soon...

      1. greedygirl Feb 2, 2008 05:46 AM

        There's a place in north London that just opened, I think, but I'm afraid I can't remember what it's called.

        Have you tried the German supermarket Lidl? You can get packets of oats for about 30p, I think, and they sell lots of other cheap things that are good quality.

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