There's a reason that Whole Foods has been given the nickname "whole paycheck." While the grocery stores have a great selection, that variety often comes at a premium. But there's one area where we've found Whole Foods just can't be beat — the bulk bin aisle. If you haven't made this a priority during your trip to Whole Foods, here's why you should start.
When it comes to buying beans, grains, dried fruit, and sometimes nuts, the bulk bins at Whole Foods simply can't be beat. They have a huge array and the prices are just right. Plus, you can easily test out a new ingredient without having to buy a large bag that you won't end up finishing.
Once you've mastered the traditional bulk bins, it's also worth browsing the bins with baking staples. If you are looking for specialty flours that can be difficult to find at other stores — think rye, spelt, or barley flour — the bulk aisle at Whole Foods generally has you covered.
It's true that many local or specialty grocery stores have bulk bins as well, but they are usually limited to a few key staples. Whole Foods consistently offers bulk items that are hard to find elsewhere.
And while you're at Whole Foods, it's worth picking up a few more foods where spending a little extra is worth it, specifically from the meat counter, cheese counter, and the bakery.
What are your favorite items to pick from the Whole Foods bulk aisle?