You know that buying organic foods like grains, beans, nuts, and coffee from the bulk bins is better for the environment and your wallet, thanks to less packaging and lower price points. But how much of a difference does it really make?
On average, you’ll spend 89 percent less for organic bulk foods compared to their packaged counterparts, says research from Portland State University. Below are two ways to use your bulk goods:
Stock up on spices
You’ll need cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and more to make your favorite fall and winter treats (spiced apple cider, anyone?). A jar of each can be pricey, so get just the amount you need—and pay less—by buying spices from the bulk section, says Mark Teat of the national Bulk is Green Council.
Build a bulk dinner
Serving a meal made from bulk ingredients is easier than you think, Teat says. Try three-bean chili with homemade cornbread or quinoa pilaf with nuts and dried fruit.