The other day I scored 20 kg of farm fresh carrots for 3,99 EUR in Luxembourg. What a bargain! Buying in bulk became a popular topic to talk about in the world of nutrition and there are many reasons to join the conversation and start buying in bulk.
Buying in bulk means that you as a consumer pay a lower price per unit in exchange for a much larger quantity. Sound good? There is more!
The American company BIG informs consumers and grocers about the environmental and economic benefits of bulk foods. The organization states that not only bulk foods cost on average 89% less than packaged foods but also if Americans would purchase their almonds in bulk for only one month, 6,000,000 lbs of waste would be saved from landfills.
Where do I start?
Your local farmer’s market or even your supermarket are ideal places to start. Your local farmer will be willing to give away large quantities of your desired fruits or vegetables for a fair price. In my experience, as farmers and grocers get to know you, they’ll even save you foods that you buy regularly for a reduced cost. As I eat a lot of bananas I often times score on up to 20 bananas for not even a euro as they are very ripe and not likely to be sold by the markets.
How and where do I store all this food?
Especially in summer it is inevitable that parts of your bulk foods go bad. As you buy organic produce it is perfectly normal that food goes bad quickly as they are free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. If you have a vegetable cooler section in your fridge take advantage of it and store as much as you can fit. Often times a dry paper sheet will help to absorb the moisture and help your foods to stay fresh longer. Nuts and seeds are easily stored in mason jars or any glass jars you can find. I often times use glass bottles as well. Old cookie jars or stainless steel container do the job as well. Some produce such as apples and oranges, I store in big open paper boxes and place them underneath the kitchen counter as it is dry and dark and usually not as hot.
Shrink the carbon footprint of your meals and save big – by buying in bulk!