As well as the environmental benefits, buying certain foods in bulk can not only save you a lot of cash but can also make it easier for you and the rest of your family to enjoy eating healthily.
As well as a money saving tactic, buying food in bulk means that you will spend less time shopping and allows you to store food which will come in handy if there’s ever a situation where you are unable to leave your home.
Here are Consumer Guardian’s best foods to buy in bulk and why:
- Dried pasta – As well as being easy to cook and highly accommodatable, dried pasta is a must have when purchasing in bulk. When contained, dried pasta can last up to two years and is very cheap so should be a priority when buying food in bulk.
- Rice – Believe it or not, white rice lasts 12 months whereas brown rice only lasts 6. As well as it’s longevity, a rice container doesn’t take up much space in your kitchen and can easily go with any meal.
- Chicken – Our favorite bulk food! By breaking down a chicken into wings, legs, breasts and thighs, several meals can be made at different times. When freezing chicken, experts recommend using within 3 months.
- Popcorn – One of the world’s most popular snacks, popcorn kennels are a must have if you want to take buying food in bulk seriously. Popping your own popcorn is also much cheaper than ready made popcorn as well as a lot healthier.
- Meat – As well as chicken, meat is a great food to go out and buy in bulk. Although it will have to be frozen quickly, meat is considerably better value for money and as the most expensive part of a meal is worth investing in.
- Condiments – Although not an actual food, accompaniments such as Ketchup, Mustard & Salt last for ages before they go out of date so if you’re a fan it’s worth buying the largest bottle possible of your favorite condiments.
We could go on and on but after hours of debate, the above is our pick of the bunch when it comes to deciding to buy big when doing your food shop.
Finally, before going all out and buying big, we’d recommend checking to see how much storage space you have in your kitchen and being sure that you and your family actually eat the product in question enough to warrant buying it in large quantity.