Bulk foods save money, help the environment by eliminating unnecessary packaging, reduce waste and add flexibility – just buy as much as you need! If you’ve ever walked through the bulk foods section and thought about trying these ingredients, but don’t know where to start, we’ve got some thoughts!
Here are 3 ideas for a cooking or baking party that takes advantage of the quantity and variety bulk foods offer. Enjoy a fun afternoon and send everyone home with time-saving dinners and treats for their freezers. And while you’re there, the bulk foods section is also a terrific place to pick up party snacks for your get-together. Sesame sticks, dark chocolate coconut candies, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and trail mixes… party time indeed!
Flours: What You Knead for a Bread-Baking Party
It takes a lot of flour to make bread, and the variety available makes bulk flours especially inspirational. Introduce your friends to new flavors and textures and try whole wheat, corn meal, buckwheat, semolina, rye, graham, amaranth or oat bran flours.
What’s better than kneading bread together over conversation and a little built-in workout? Look for short-rise bread recipes – perfect for bread parties, giving time for a just-right break and a snack while the bread is baking. Have lots of butter ready for taste testing the first loaves out of the oven. Friends go home with new recipes and wonderful fresh bread!
Nuts: Crunch the Numbers
The cost-efficiency of bulk foods really kicks in when it comes to nuts and dried fruit. Invite your nut-loving friends for a baking party and collect recipes for cookies, nut breads and cakes that call for lots of nuts (especially handy for fruitcake parties as we head into the fall season). Then indulge!. Pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts and almonds are all waiting for you. Plus, there are dried apricots, raisins, currants, cranberries, dates, figs, pineapple and cherries…let the baking begin.
Grains, Beans & Spices: Soup’s On!
Dip into the grain bins for quinoa, barley, whole wheat couscous, millet, wild rice, brown rice, red rice, jasmine rice, split peas, lentils, and Great Northern, navy or cannellini beans…and more! Stop for fresh vegetables and you’re ready for a soup party. Choose three soup recipes and make big pots – everyone brings a share home in recyclable containers. Bulk spices offer savings too, and are often organic – look for turmeric, paprika, ground garlic, herbes de provence, garam masala or cayenne to spice things up!