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Easy Tips for the New Year: Bodacious Bulk Bins

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This week we’re exploring the power of shopping the bulk department. Healthy eating is easier (and more affordable) when you know what to look for in that aisle full of bins! Check out these 3 tips to make the most of our huge, fresh selection.

Bulk Buys

Trying out new whole grains, beans, rice, nuts or seeds? Buy just what you need in our bulk department.

Go wild with ingredients like forbidden black rice, unsweetened flaked coconut, golden flax seed and nutritional yeast. Because you’re not paying for packaging (or a full package), you can explore a new world of dried plant ingredients. Looking for inspiration? Ask our friendly Team Members about their favorites.

Pump Up the A.M.!

Cook oatmeal, farro, barley, millet, quinoa or wheat berries with almondmilk.

Whole grains and great mornings go together like spoons and bowls. We love Mighty Bowls for breakfast, and this flavorful Millet Breakfast Cereal with Mandarin Oranges and Dates. Overnight Oatmeal is simple to prepare, and Fruit and Hemp Seed Muesli is loaded with satisfying textures.

New to cooking whole grains? Here’s a handy chart for soaking times and liquid-to-grain ratios.

Get your munch on at snack time with popcorn, raw nuts, trail mix, fruit and nut bars or roasted seaweed.

Wholesome snacking is easy with these recipes on hand, starring some of our favorite ingredients from the bulk department: Popcorn Trail Mix, Oat Date Bars, Whole Grain Almond Granola with Cranberries and Pimenton Roasted Garbanzos (you can cook dried garbanzos from our bulk bins by following this simple method).

Now that you’re a bulk bin ninja, watch how to create two of our favorite recipes: Southwest Veggie Burgers and Beef, Bean and Veggie Chili with Bulgur.

Tell us: what’s your favorite ingredient to purchase in bulk, and how do you like to cook it?

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Rosie says …

My fav bulk item keeps changing, right now it is the dates!!! I'm so addicted!! I often buy items from the bulk bins that need cooking, such as the different rices. I adore using all different kinds of rice for various purposes and just plain good eatin' !!! I always compare pricing and it is less expensive in the bin, but the quality is just as good, if not better sometimes!!!

vitiligo says …

such as the different rices. I adore using all different kinds of rice for various purposes and just plain good eatin'

Christine says …

I like buying bulk but was turned off from doing so when my bulk rice purchase was very broken and full of debris. I must have gotten the bottom of the barrel. I expect a certain amount of debris from rice--it is a very small part of the plant afterall-- there are acceptable levels of broken bits and debris when you are paying by the pound--and then there are disappointing levels. Maybe Wholefoods can put the bottom of the barrel rice to use in rice pudding (or some other in house application) and improve the bulk-buying experience.

M Adams says …

Only gluten free

Marisa Procopio says …

Hi Elizabeth--Whole Foods' bulk bins are like a candy store to me! My favorite offering is your whole wheat pastry flour. I add some of that, along with AP flour, to breads, cakes and cookies, and it gives them more substance and staying power. Last night I made a Finnish sweet bread with raisins and cardamom with your flour, and it was wonderful and filling. mcproco.wordpress.com

Helen says …

It would be helpful to include on this website the directions for all the bulk items that need preparation. For example, I bought dehydrated vegetables and misplaced the directions for reconstituting them. Soaking time? Ratio of water to veggies? I have no clue! Much easier/faster to check the website, rather than call the store.