Find the Right Spot
The best place to store your bulk foods depends a lot on what you're purchasing. For dry goods from the bulk bins, you'll want to keep them in a cool, dry place, like the pantry.
For some bulk food, the ideal method for storage will depend on how long you plan to store them. Items like bread products and cakes will keep for a few days in a bread box, a week or so in the fridge, or for a couple of months in the freezer. The trick to freezing bread products is to wrap them well in foil or a freezer bag, so that they won't get freezer burn -- covered in ice and tasting funky.
Of course, if you buy frozen foods in bulk, the best place to store them is in the freezer. If you open a large bag of frozen veggies and don't use them all, you'll want to put the rest into a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.
Commercially canned goods, whether they're in glass jars or metal cans, are a bit lower maintenance as far as storage. You don't need to worry too much about them getting too warm, though temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) can harm your canned goods and cause them to spoil.
Think you can't purchase fruits, veggies, and herbs in bulk? Think again! On the next page, we'll talk about how you can process produce at home for longer-term storage.