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Aug 19, 2012 04:04 AM

Bulk Food Dilemma

Does anyone else know what I mean when I say that I like to shop for baking items at Bulk Barn but I find that some of the items become permeated with a particular odor of the store, I guess. This is not gross or anything, just off-putting. I had recently bought some dried cherries which were moist and plump but when I tasted some after getting home, they had a weird background flavour that made me feel like I was back in the store. Luckily, the cherries were just fine after I used them in a baked cookie recipe, but I is a little annoying because I've bought chocolate, rainbow sprinkles etc. and they had a weird taste as well. Whole Foods bulk area is okay but a little off my beaten path and Ambrosia is just way too far to go for one or two items. Does anyone have a favorite bulk food place that they can recommend for when I get in the baking mood and need a few items.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your dilemma. I know that smell you're talking about (and will be smelling it later this afternoon), but have't tasted any permeation in any of my purchases. I wonder if there's a way to get the smell out after the fact. Put said item in a loose plastic bag with a small bowl of baking soda inside? I'm not sure... High turnover locations are always the best bet with things like that... The bigger, the busier, the fresher. Would be interested in hearing if anyone has a better suggestion, but for now, I go to Villa Foods on Marlee and Bulk Barn - whichever location is on my route at the time. Never had a problem...

    1. Better Bulk at Danforth and Woodbine is my local place. They usually have choices between organic/non-organic items too.