The 5 Foods To Buy & Not To Buy In Bulk

 

Buying food in bulk when shopping is a great way to fill up your kitchen while cutting down on the foods costs.

 

While some foods make ideal choices due to a very long shelf life/ability to freeze, others should not be bought in bulk at all to stop spoilage.

 

Here are five healthy foods to buy in bulk and five healthy foods to not buy in bulk.

 

Frozen Vegetables

Fresh Vegetables tend to spoil very fast, even if you’ve stored them correctly.

 

Instead, stock up on frozen vegetables such as Butternut squash, Broccoli and Spinach, as these types of vegetables can be stored in a freezer for over six months without spoiling.

 

Vegetables are packed with nutrients, which is why eating Vegetables both fresh and frozen have many different health benefits.

 

If your intake of Vegetables is higher, your chances of getting chronic conditions such as Diabetes and Heart disease is much lower than those who have a low/zero intake of Vegetables.

 

Here are some more reasons why you should eat Vegetables more often (Click Here)  

 

 

Frozen Poultry & Meat

Fresh meat and Poultry tend to spoil quickly when you store it in the fridge, so freezing it is an excellent way to avoid having to throw your Poultry and Meat away.

 

Speaking to several farmers, it is agreed that frozen Meat like Steak can last in the freezer for up to a year, whilst Chicken breast can last up to nine months.

 

When you freeze Protein sources straight away after purchase, it extends the usability so that you do not have to keep going back to the shops as often to get your Poultry or Meat.

 

Dried Beans and Lentils

One of the best foods you can buy in bulk is dried beans and Lentils.

 

In fact you’ll find they can be stored at room temperature for an extended period of time before going off.

 

So no need to store these in the freezer! Store them on your shelves in the kitchen.

 

It’s been proven that beans remain edible for 10 years plus too.

 

Beans and Lentils are very high in Fibre, Antioxidants and Vitamins & Minerals, making them a top bulk shopping item to get your hands on.

 

They can also be added to a Variety of different meals, for example Salads, Stews, Soups etc.

 

 

 

Oats

Oats have a very long shelf life.

 

You can keep them for up to four months in your cupboards.

 

If you freeze the oats in an airtight container it will further extend its shelf life, which would give it another 4 months to the expire date.

 

Oats have high amounts of B vitamins, Zinc & Magnesium in it.

 

 

Peanut Butter

Buying Peanut butter in large jars is easy for most people because it cost very little and is easy to store.

 

Peanut butter is an excellent source of plant-based Protein with lots of healthy fats and vitamins.. along with minerals that are all great for us to consume.

 

Of course Natural Peanut butter is a much healthier option than processed brands that normal contain added sugar and hydrogenated oils in them.

 

If you have an unopened jar of natural Peanut butter in your fridge to keep for one year, on opening it your Peanut butter will last up to three or four months if left in the fridge.

 

 

Here are the five foods to not buy in bulk…

 

 

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

While there are exceptions, many fresh Fruits and Vegetables such as courgettes, Berries and Greens have a shelf life of less than a week before they start to go off.

 

From now on when buying fresh fruits and Vegetables, only buy what you know you’ll consume within a week to avoid food waste.

 

 

Eggs

Eggs always seem to be sold in bulk for a discount price.

 

If you have a big family then I can see the appeal of doing this every week.

 

However, if you live alone or just with 2 other people in your household it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to finish dozens of eggs before their expiration date which is anywhere between three to five weeks.

 

 

Prepared Food

Don’t be tempted to buy your favorite prepared meals that are on sale in bulk, unless you actually plan on eating them fast.

 

Dishes such as Chicken, Salad, Egg and cooked pasta only last few days in the fridge before going off.

 

Eating prepared foods past their expiration dates can also put you in danger of becoming ill/sick.

 

 

Flour

To avoid flour spoilage  Whole-wheat and Nut based flours should not be bought in bulk.

Whole-wheat flour has a shelf life between two to three months, some Nut based flours are susceptible to going off and need to be stored in the fridge or freezer.

 

 

Nuts & Seeds  

Keeping your cupboards stocked with seeds is a smart thing to do, as they’re Di Nutritious!

 

Just be careful not to go overboard. They’re prone to going off just like flour.

 

Instead, only buy what you’re able to eat within 90 days (Three months).. if you’re looking for longer, then 273 days (9 months) would be the max.

 

THAT’S IT!

I really enjoyed sharing this with you guys. Please do let me know though…

 

What Foods Do You Love To Buy In Bulk?

 

How Long Have You Stored Food For Before Eating It?

 

What Did You Make Of All Of This?

 

Of course Any other questions are always welcome just leave a comment below

 

Until Then, Ciao

We  Look Up  

 

Karim David

The Healthy One

 

107 Comments

  1. Malcolm Etefu November 28, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I like this very much, this was so useful, thanks.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 28, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Great I’m glad you liked this Malcolm 🙂

      Reply
  2. Alis Laufarsdottir November 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t buy in bulk but I do at Christmas so I’m taking these tips with me.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 28, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Ahaha 🙂

      Reply
  3. Bobby Nahum November 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I don’t tend to plan so I don’t buy anything in bulk really.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 28, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Ah I see lol 🙂

      Reply
  4. Dani Curić November 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the tips bro.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      You’re Welcome Dani 🙂

      Reply
  5. Stass Papapetrou November 29, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I overdo fruits all the time, now I know what I’m doing wrong lol.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Yeah many folk do though Stass, the more the better you would think.. just make sure it’s no more than what you can eat in a week, then you won’t have a load of fruit that’s gone off.

      Reply
  6. Liliana Ureña November 29, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I really liked this article 🙂

    Reply
  7. Abigail Tassis November 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I like buying milk and freezing them, I’m just too lazy to go out to the shop tbh.

    Reply
    1. Karim November 29, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Abigail I advise you to Moooooooooove more often.. did you see what I did there 😉

      Reply
  8. Asa Laksa November 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I’ve stored porridge before in my freezer for a couple of years, it was by accident though 🙂

    Reply
  9. Jarel Grey November 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    My food is always going off so I’m happy with your advise
    cheers.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Happy to help Jarel 🙂

      Reply
  10. Lee Siahaan November 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I thought this was informative, thank you.

    Reply
  11. Dauntay Eubanks November 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Like the article Karim!

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks Dauntay.. Thank you for letting us know 🙂

      Reply
  12. Clif Roan November 30, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I thought this would frustrate me because I love to bulk buy, but it’s not too much
    of a change I’ll need to make in the end after all.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  13. Famita Mu lan November 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I always freeze my gluten free bread
    because I get them cheap from the market.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Oh right cool Famita.. thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

      Reply
  14. Ophrah Sidabalok November 30, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I the fruit and veg would last longer
    because it’s real food?

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      That’s because most of the food you’ve got is not real, so it has a longer shelf life.. real food has a short life span and will go-off pretty fast as a whole, especially comparing to trash offerings which is only fit for the bin ect.. I hope this helps Ophrah 🙂

      Reply
  15. Ndidi Halim December 1, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I buy in bulk at Christmas always so this was very helpful 🙂

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Hohoho 😉

      Reply
  16. Chole Ijeawele December 1, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Thanks very much Karim.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      You’re Welcome Chole 🙂

      Reply
  17. Ifeatu Chineze December 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Thanks as ever for the advice, it’s really keeping me healthy.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Glad to read this 🙂

      Reply
  18. Jodie Ashby December 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I kept chicken in my freezer for 18 months and
    didn’t even think about eating it, I just put it off.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Wow that’s a long time Jodie!

      Reply
  19. Ryan Promise December 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve take away a bag of knowledge thank you!

    Reply
  20. Eddie Muguch December 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Custard pies.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      …………

      Reply
  21. Nelson Lloyd December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I live alone so should I still bother freezing my foods?

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      It depends when you plan to eat it, not if you’re alone or not.. I hope that helps 🙂

      Reply
  22. Kendrick Vernon December 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Meats and fish.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Cool thanks for sharing this with us Kendrick 🙂

      Reply
  23. Bagh Shapsugovy December 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Fish.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 1, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  24. Nagy Bianka December 2, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I never heard of anyone freezing oats before, have you done it
    before ?

    Reply
    1. Karim December 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      No but I know 4 people who do!

      Reply
  25. Kris Sommer December 2, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This was a massive help thank you so much.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      You’re Welcome Kris 🙂

      Reply
  26. Sammy Skou December 2, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    This tips are ill fam.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      Thank You Sammy 🙂

      Reply
  27. Risto Keskkula December 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Great content.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks Risto 🙂

      Reply
  28. Silvi Kuusik December 4, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Well said. I just try not to buy in bulk, because I’ve had past failings
    of not eating it all.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 4, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah you got to be careful of that Silvi.. thanks for the comment though 🙂

      Reply
  29. Eliise Kross December 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I was my telling myself the same thing
    the other day, I’m happy this article came out
    when I needed to see it 🙂

    Reply
    1. Karim December 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Aha that’s fantastic 🙂

      Reply
  30. Pyry Järvenpää December 4, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I’m trying this out ASAP, this will help me out this month.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      For sure Pyry 🙂

      Reply
  31. Aki Salmela December 5, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I’ve been really enjoying your articles I’m learning so much from you.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 5, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks for letting me know.. I’m really happy for you Aki, it was no problem at all 🙂

      Reply
  32. Saini Waris December 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    This was amazing thanks so much.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  33. Katona Edina December 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips.

    Reply
  34. Vanja Kolar December 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve stored met balls in my freezer for 9 months.

    Reply
  35. Silvestr Prusík December 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve actually not creating much waste anymore since reading this,
    you’ve save me 40 dollars of waste per week!

    Reply
    1. Karim December 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Aw that’s neat 🙂

      Reply
  36. Olivier Holmes December 6, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Pudding from dec 04 to 2016. Now of course I don’t eat that rubbish.

    Reply
  37. Reggie Mitchell December 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This info really went in bro thanks.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  38. Aarav Sharp December 6, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Love the tips here.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the tips Aarav 🙂

      Reply
  39. Lukas Watson December 6, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Very cool tips Karim thanks.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      You’re Welcome Watson 🙂

      Reply
  40. Evan Fraser December 6, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this!

    Reply
    1. Karim December 7, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      You’re Welcome Evan 🙂

      Reply
  41. Archer Campbell December 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for clearing this up.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 7, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      No Problem Archer

      Reply
  42. Tommy Booth December 7, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Amazing content keep it up!

    Reply
    1. Karim December 8, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Tommy! 🙂

      Reply
  43. Aadam Burton December 7, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    One of my fav things I’ve read on the internet this year 🙂

    Reply
    1. Karim December 8, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Wow thank you very much.. I’m really happy Aadam you think so/for the comment 🙂

      Reply
  44. Sami Thomson December 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Ham rolls for 8 months but the ham was fake ham anyway, so I’m kinda glad I never ate it now.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 8, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      I was thinking that before I read it aha.. Thanks for sharing that with us Sami 🙂

      Reply
  45. Marianne Compere December 8, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Very true I do mosst of these already, but I never knew about the fruits and vegetables.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 8, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Yeah I’ve learnt that most didn’t from the comments I’ve received.. why I’m grateful to you (& The rest of the Di1’s because I can learn so much from the comments)

      Reply
  46. Tomas Ball December 8, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Cheeses are my fav to bulk buy.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Aha just like my Aunty.. Thanks for sharing this with us Tomas 🙂

      Reply
  47. Jeanne Hachette December 8, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Well Written I enjoyed it.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you .. I’m happy to read that you did 🙂

      Reply
  48. Laetitia Jullien December 8, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the tips once again XXX

    Reply
    1. Karim December 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      You’re Welcome Laetitia

      Reply
  49. Caro Maret December 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    This will save me money 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Reply
    1. Karim December 9, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      Lol yupppp

      Reply
  50. Rosalie Valluy December 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Epic article, I always get lots of fruits but now I wont.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 9, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Yeah get as many as you’ll eat during your week.

      Reply
  51. Clélia Lacan December 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Frozen peas mainly.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 9, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      Ok this was the most practically answer yet, well done for that 🙂

      Reply
  52. Aiden Watson December 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I’ll try anything that saves me money.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Ahahaha

      Reply
  53. Philip Baker December 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve stored some Salmon fish cakes
    before for 13 months and 4 days.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      WOW even know the days lol!

      Reply
  54. Steven Harrison December 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the tips mate!

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      You’re Welcome 🙂

      Reply
  55. Arlo Webb December 10, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I like to keep blue cheese.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Cool Arlo 🙂

      Reply
  56. Eric Chapman December 10, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Potatoes.

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      🙂

      Reply
  57. Benedict Houghton December 10, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Canned tomatoes

    Reply
    1. Karim December 10, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      🙂

      Reply

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