Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
If you're buying from the bulk bin, you'll want to get your food out of those thin, plastic bags as soon as you can. They're prone to breaking and not really meant for long-term storage. If you're trying to save money by buying in bulk, though, you don't want to spend a bunch of cash on storage solutions either. Don't worry! With a little bit of planning you'll find a wealth of bulk food storage options already in your kitchen.
Of course, you can raid your stash of food storage containers, if you need to, but your pantry is probably already packed with storage solutions. Next time you finish off a jar of pickles or pasta sauce, don't toss it in the recycle bin. Put it in the dishwasher instead and save it to store bulk items like dried beans, grains, and soup mixes. Your wallet will thank you. If you don't have enough storage containers already, opt for reusable glass containers like Mason jars or glass food storage systems. The up-front investment is pricier, but glass lasts longer than plastic, so you'll save money in the long run.
You can also store food in reused plastic containers, like yogurt or margarine tubs. These won't last as long as glass, but the price is right! Just avoid storing acidic food in these types of containers, because the acid can cause the plastic to leach into the food. You also don't want to heat anything in these containers for the same reason.
Of course, carefully storing your bulk food doesn't mean much if it spoils in the back of the pantry. Up next, we have some tips on how to organize your bulk items to reduce waste from spoilage.