Best and worst groceries to buy in bulk
Your family budget may rely on warehouse shopping, and it can be satisfying to drive home with a car full of bulk goods. But make sure you're buying the right things at Costco and Sam's Club.
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So in conclusion, buy a lot of what doesn't spoil and little of what does spoil.
Glad I wasted 3 minutes to figure that out.
The main reason, we store all Grain items (flour or flour type items in freezer....)
Is most all come with bug eggs in the mix..."Moths usually"..
THEY WILL NOT HATCH OUT WHEN KEPT IN FREEZER.
For freezing what we do(see other comment), BTW, we have a 26 cu. ft. chest-type freezer.
Even if power goes off it will keep everything for at least 4 days, if not opened much.
I can't go through 17 panels of any slide show...
Number one item to buy is a small chest-type freezer 8-12 cu. ft. They are fairly reasonable when on sale...Along with most meats, veggies(prepared correctly), fruits and all grain items can be stored for at least 6 months some for years..
Protect meats for freezer burn (double wrapped) and maybe use plastic bag on outside for a year storage...Ham only about 6mo. maybe bacon too...We just opened last 2# tube of sausage, 1 year old. Good as 1st. tube we ate(put whole hog in a year ago).
All FLOUR/grain items can be stored a long time, pancake mix, cream of wheat, hot cereal mixes, etc... 4ea.-5lb bags of flour=about 1 cft...We also freeze bread and rolls from day/old store.
Veggies and many fruits can be bought or raised in season and stored/froze for long lengths of time.
Ziplock bag of sweet corn got lost in freezer eaten a few weeks back, delicious; From 2002.
As good as this years, new crop. Just about anything cooked or blanched can be frozen.
Learn to freeze, saves lot of money and easy to do. Put up what you know you will eat within 6m-1year..
Cool, dark, dry places will store about any condiments, sauces and cooking oils for months..
Yes "Peanut Butter", Salad dressings, Syrups, Miracle whip, coffee, canned goods like soup or p/beans, k/beans, hash, etc....Don't keep mayonnaise over 1-2 months.
We/I go about every 3-4 months and stock up.
Less trips, less hassle, shop for sales, buy what you need or will use up...Have fun saving money.
next go buy some big pots and big bowls. also get some beef flavor soup base and chicken. then start makeing soups! just ladle it into sandwich ziplock bags and freeze it. (now meat can stay fresh for years! ) we make soups in the fall when our garden is ready to pick. beef ministroni, chicken noodle,tomato bazel,even a sea food chower. i will make 15 gallons of each, then freeze. do the same with burritos, lasagna,meat loaf and so on.... our food costs are about 1/16 what most peoples are and what we eat is far far more healthy. i spend between 28 and 40 cents a meal. most people say i dont have time for that sort of thing.... i chuckle, i pend a 1/16 of the time cooking most of you do. there is a reason factories assembly line things......(by the way, i own my own business now and i run assembly lines all the time) if most of you are paying 1000 dollars a month on food to feed your families, i could do it better with 200. its not harder, just takes a bit of revamping. i store all my foods in ziplock bags. (cheep and easy) i have pulled soups out of my freezer 5 years old and they tasted like i just made them.
I am not sure I agree on buy meat in bulk. The shelf life of meat is 6 months at best. If you know you won't eat that food in 4 months, don't buy it.
Even though I am alone now, I still buy (and save a lot) at Costco, more than enough to pay for the membership. I got my eyeglasses at 50% of what I had paid 3 years ago for lenses only. Buying vitamins will save you plenty. Each time I go to Costco, I also do comparison shopping at the other stores in town and always come out a winner.
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