This month’s project is to store some bulk items such as rice, flour, pinto beans, sugar etc.
I was originally hoping to participate with the local Latter Day Saints (LDS) Cannery that I had found out about after doing a search for mylar bags and bulk food storage. I called them and found out information and pricing. The facility is about an hour away, but it sounded good so I planned to go as the prices were very reasonable. You don’t have to part of their church to participate, but you do need to be “assigned” to partner with a church group to do bulk storage. Unfortunately, the week I was all set to go, I called ahead and found out they were having major construction and was not accepting any appointments in the near future. They also did not have an estimate for when the work would be completed so it was back to the drawing board for me.
My husband and I decided we will shop for the bulk items wherever we can find a good deal. We do not belong to a warehouse club; the membership fee is too steep for me for number of times we shop and items that we need, but that is for another post.
This past weekend we visited a couple of ethnic groceries and found good deals on many of the items on the list. We found out about these stores by chatting with people at work about where to find good deals on groceries. The Mediterranean store had excellent prices on rice and pasta. They also had great prices on spices, honey, vegetable and olive oil. These items were not on the “bulk grain” shopping list but they were too good to pass up. We also checked out a Hispanic market and they had good prices on flour, sugar, pinto beans and legumes.
Now all we need to do is repackage the foods into mylar bags and 5 gallon buckets. I will post about that adventure as soon as I get all the packaging materials together.