In an effort to not only eat healthier, but to save money, I've taken the leap into buying certain pantry items in bulk. This is not a massive truck load of stuff delivered to my house, but me heading to a market and picking and choosing what I want. With Caris and a list in tow, off we went to Baesler's Market in town. They've had a bulk section for some time now, but I've never really checked it out until today. On my list was black beans, red kidney beans, lentils, steel cut oats, and then a huge question mark. I wanted to allow for some flexibility, after all!
I didn't quite end up with what I wanted, though. Surprisingly, they did not carry red kidney beans in bulk. What I came home with was bulk black beans, pinto beans, pearl barley, and green lentils. (oh, and some banana chips that didn't make it home, but we won't talk about THAT) I ended up buying packages of red kidney beans off the shelf in bags. They had french couscous, which I almost bought, and quinoa. I've never used quinoa, but I wouldn't be against trying it one time. There were many different varieties of rice, but I had already stocked up on rice, so that is saved as a mental note for next time.
For those of you who know me well, you know I LOVE mason jars! They are invaluable in my house, and store everything from left over soup to nails to flowers, and now, bulk dry goods. They are now full of my bulk goodies, waiting for a day when I have the time to make soup, or whatever other recipe I might happen upon.