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Jan 3, 2009 11:10 AM

What do you buy in bulk?

Just curious...
I do alot of baking and canning at home so it's:
all purpose flour
granulated sugar
brown sugar
black pepper
white distilled vinegar
balsamic vinegar
(when needed) eggs and butter
olive oil
canned tomatoes and beans (for daily use)
raisins, caraway, and buttermilk (in March, for St. Patrick's day scone and soda bread sale)

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  1. I'm assuming from your list you mean "buy lots of to have around" and not "buy from bulk bins rather than packaged" - is that correct? Because my answers would be quite different to the latter than the former!

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    1. re: lupaglupa

      Yes, I mean to have plenty in the house and not from bulk bins. But that's good question, what dso you buy out of bulk bins? When bake alot, I get the 5 pound sacks of flour and sugar.

      1. re: MIss G

        I belong to a food coop and buy a lot of foods bulk - all my flours, sugars, dried fruit, nuts, oils, syrups, spices, grains etc. I also buy other things that are shelf stable in large quantities - mostly to take advantage of sales. In addition I also buy larger amounts of certain things so I can cook at short notice without a trip to the store, like rice, pasta, tomatoes, beans, and spices. In general at my house I have more things stored up in my pantry than I can ever run out of!

        1. re: MIss G

          Heh, and I perceived your question as meaning "buying from bins." So, I'll answer...I buy regular organic oats for .99 per pound, pretty good buy...the non-organic is .79 per pound at local independent health food store (Whole Foods wants $1.79 per pound when I checked their bins yesterday!) I eat a lot of oatmeal and I do have storage room for it. Hulled barley I also buy from the bins because it's the only way I can find it. It's just me and youngest son who has not left the nest yet (but he's getting there!) I don't need tons of 'stuff' and I don't belong to any price clubs as a result.

      2. Dog food, kitty litter, toilet paper, olive oil, eggs, orange juice, beer, things like frozen shrimp and butter on sale. Also lots of organic fertilizer for garden.

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        1. re: neverlate

          This whole list (save for kitty litter, we only have a dog and fertilizer, we don't have a yard much less a garden). Especially the frozen shrimp and olive oil. We also get coffee, rice and pasta in large quantities. Part of that is because we drink some Trader Joe's coffee and we don't have a TJs in our town so we stock up on the coffee whenever we're near one (when we visit my Dad, usually).

        2. Since I do my own roasting, coffee is the one thing I buy in bulk. 25 pounds lasts us about 6 months.

          1. As we live in a small apartment in Manhattan, I have to say nothing unless you include 5 lb bags of rice.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              I live in a small apartment in Toronto and I've found it soo difficult to fit everything I wanted in my kitchen shelves (let alone IN BULK!!). The only thing we had really was, like you, a huge bag of rice.

              However, my BF and I recently went to Ikea to browse and picked up two kitchen shelves and now we think vertical! All the lighter pantry items can fit on the top shelves, and the bottom shelves hold the heavier things like big bags of flour, potatoes, rice, water, etc. It's made such a difference to our lives (now we don't have to pick up things from the store daily to make dinner; I can make things from our well stocked pantry!) that I can't believe we didn't do this sooner!

              1. re: pinkprimp

                That's great that you were able to install some shelves in your kitchen. Sadly, we've exhausted all available space (I even keep my spices on the fridge), which is why I was trying to find some stools with storage about a month ago. Oh, I keep thinking about the day I have a decent size kitchen!

              2. re: Miss Needle

                FIVE pounds? That ain't bulk! ;o)

                Like raytamsgv, I buy rice in 50 lb. bags. When the New Crop comes in, I buy a bag no matter how much we have left at home. (I like New Crop!)

              3. I don't buy too much *food* in quantity, except that when the brands of dried pasta that I like best are on a good sale, I will stock up on that. Also, butter and San Marzanos I buy in quantity when they're reduced. That's about it for comestibles, though.

                However, household products--laundry/dish detergents, food and trash bags, foils and wraps, paper products, etc., I always buy in high quantity when a 2-for-1 (or, lately, it seems many 3-for-1) sales come around. I'm not much for brand loyalty, as long as I know the quality is good, so not only do I enjoy the reduced prices, but buying this way means I don't have to lug the heavy stuff on every trip to the grocery store.

                We also buy our dog food in bulk from an animal feed store, but no more than a three- or four-week supply, for freshness' sake.

                But, human food, no, I don't buy much of that in quantity, and part of the reason is that I want to buy what I'm in the mood to cook at a given time.