Because of this Eat Clean challenge (starting with the one back in August), today my house now has become more of a bulk house in terms of sugars and flours. I will only buy these products as needed for certain recipes and will buy in bulk at a store with good turnover and mostly organic instead of a big package from the grocery store.
Yesterday was my third trip (in my life) to Rainbow Grocery to buy bulk food and after hearing about a family that reduced their yearly waste to the size of a mayo jar by buying bulk, I’ve made the switch to bulk. It may be a little more inconvenient to get to the bulk store, but the ingredients will be fresher and the container of sugar or self-rising flour won’t be just sitting on my shelf for months and months.
In addition, while at Rainbow – to pick up only quinoa and rice – I ended up realizing quick cooking oats was on my grocery list… well what do you know, I can buy that in bulk! Ready in 2 minutes and one less container to throw away!
It was pretty cool to be overwhelmed by the choices in rice! The variety in my life just opened up because of this revelation. I did end up buying short grain (sticky) brown rice but boy am I excited to try out other rice varieties.
There were choices for quinoa too! I picked up the fun mix of colors. Much more exciting than shopping at the big grocery store.
Zero Waste Home
I started eating more clean in August 2015 which reduces the intake of sugar and processed foods. In that journey, I’ve explored eating more grains and legumes. Slowly my containers which held processed sugars, flours, etc are now being used to hold flax seed, rice, black beans, split peas, etc.