Stock Up: 13 Tips & Tricks for Buying Foods in Bulk

It's no secret that we here at The Kitchn love buying from the bulk section of the market. Whether we are looking for a small amount of spices or large amounts of grains, shopping in the bulk section saves money, minimizes waste, and inspires us to try out new pantry ingredients. In celebration of Bulk Foods Week (October 16-22), here are 13 tips, tricks and tutorials for buying and storing foods in bulk.

SHOPPING FOR BULK FOODS
How To Buy and Store Bulk Foods
Conscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in Bulk
Good Reminder: Buy Spices from Bulk Bins
Online Food Co-ops: Collective Shopping Made Convenient
Shopping Tip: Mark the Tare Weight On Your Containers
Origami Cloth Food Sacks
No More Plastic Bags: Kootsac Food Storage Sacks

STORING & ORGANIZING BULK FOODS
Storing and Organizing Bulk Foods in a Small Kitchen?
Pantry Organization: Put Your Grains In Jars
Scooping in Style! Bulk Bin Scoops at Home
Best Spice Storage Solution: Mason Jars
Thrifty Kitchen: 6 Ways to Reuse Oatmeal Tins!
Quick Tip: Five Ways to Re-Use Yogurt Containers

• More about Bulk Foods Week at the Bulk Is Green Council

Do you have any tips for shopping for or organizing foods in bulk? What do you like to buy in the bulk section?

Related: America's First Packaging-Free Grocery Store

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