Do you shop from the bulk bins? I get nearly half of my shopping list at the bulk bins these days, and I am trying to make this a little more convenient (and greener) by skipping the disposable bags and bringing my own containers. I buy just what I need and no more, and I eliminate a step because I don't have to fill up my jars at home. Only one issue: I need to know what my containers weigh.
For instance, I have this lovely tin from Fortnum & Mason's in London, which my friend brought me several years ago. The chai tea blend is long gone, but I use it now to store black tea from the bulk bins at the co-op. To weigh the tea and pay accurately, though, I need to know what is called the tare weight, or the weight of the empty container. It's a pain to weigh the tin every time I go to the store, so I finally just marked the bottom of the tin with the tare weight. Ta-da! Easy to remember, and very convenient.
I'm doing this to my other glass jars and containers that I store flour and sugar in.
Here are some other good ideas for bulk storage containers:
• Thrifty Kitchen: 6 Ways to Reuse Oatmeal Tins!
• Quick Tip: Five Ways to Re-Use Yogurt Containers
Do you have any other tips or tricks to make shopping at the bulk bins more convenient?
Related: Conscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in Bulk
(Images: Faith Durand)