Buying Food In Bulk Pays – If You Can Store It

Now that I have a family I do a lot of shopping at bulk stores, stocking up on everything from chops and roasts to boxes of cereal that are so big they look like they were shipped by UPS. There is no doubt, at least in my mind, that I’m saving money by going big, but soon I realized I had a problem – no method of food storage. What good would buying all this bulk food do me if it spoiled on the shelf or in the fridge?

So, I had to do some research to find out what would work best for me. There were so many options to choose from – plastic and glass containers of every size, vacuum packing equipment, bags that claim to keep your perishables fresh for forever in the fridge – at times it made my head spin. I wished I could just buy freeze dried food and avoid this whole mess.

In the end, I decided to go big or go home. Well, I was at home, so I guess I just went big. We acquired a small chest freezer that would assure us all our perishable purchases would be preserved, ready for us to eat whether it was a day or month later. I also purchased a vacuum sealer to avoid that dreaded freezer burn. Now when we come home with our huge haul we can portion it out, seal it up in special bags, and stick it in the chill chest. Voila!

Do you buy food items in bulk?  How do you handle storage?

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