Savings in decanting bulk foods
After months of searching for coupons and sales as found in days of long ago, I discovered last year the great savings of shopping in bulk at Sam’s Club (for staples, not premade appetizers!) And the learning curve began. As I heaved and hauled ridiculously gianormous bags of flour, popcorn, and sugar (50 pounds of the latter two!) into my cart (amid stares from on-lookers), then carted them home and squeezed as much would fit in the extra fridge, I thought I had it all figured out. Several weeks later, a raw meat juice incident occurred in the fridge, ruining the sugar. Then, bugs hatched out in the bag of rice that was sitting out due to space constraints; and, despite others’ suggestions to allow them float to the surface in the pot [ahem], I just had to dump it all out.
Knowing that surely I am smart enough to not repeat such horrendous mistakes, I googled my way through it, researching and price comparing storage options. What I found to be the best price and easiest options were: mason jars, ziptop mylar bags, and popcorn tins. Mason jars have migrated home through the years, mylar bags were purchased with Swagbucks, and popcorn tins were found at Goodwill (and filled only after intense scrubbings!) These containers are warding off grain bugs, spills, and any mouse that occasionally attempts to take up residence.
Here is how we put these containers to use:
Ziptop mylar bag storage:
The bulk of these can be stored in mylar bags, with the rest decanted into crocks and plastic containers in the kitchen. I did initially place flour and sugar in the fridge and have had no problems with the mylar bags in room temperature storage. Freezing flour, sugar, and rice for 24 hours will kill any bug eggs (ew) to prepare for room-temperature storage. I am currently purchasing rice in a 25 lb. bag and storing it in a tin since the savings in purchasing a 50 lb. bag was less than $1!
Tin storage would also work for white sugar, flour, and popcorn, but I just happened to have other containers.
Mason jar storage:
whole milk- part of the gallon is poured into a jar, with the remainder in the jug mixed with water= same as lowfat
The bulk of these are stored in the extra fridge, and the extra vinegar is stored in as closet for use in cleaning.
I am certain to find more to decant into these handy dandy containers, and will be sure to let you know. And please do share your suggestions for food storage in the comments!
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