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Although buying bulk food might not strictly be considered a self sufficiency skill, the reality is that VERY few people can grow EVERYTHING that they need to feed their families. So, when you do have to buy food products, why not get the most bang for your buck?
There are some general rules you might want to consider if you're looking to buy food in bulk. Review these rules before you start buying.
There are an incredible number of ways that you can buy food in bulk. From something as simple as buying sale items at the local grocery or big box store to as advanced as buying a hog or steer from a local farmer and having it butchered, packaged and frozen for long term use.
Buying food in bulk means being able to preserve and your purchase so you can actually enjoy it over a long period of time. If you buy food in bulk, it's no bargain if you wind up throwing most of it away because it spoiled, so we'll also touch on bulk food storage and preservation.
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Fresh fruits and vegetables purchased in in bulk from local sources or home grown are generally fresher, riper, better tasting, healthier and less expensive produce than buying the same thing from your local grocery or super store.
There are several options for purchasing meats in bulk From as simple as watching the grocery store circulars for really good sales and stocking up, to advanced as having a steer or hog butchered at a local meat locker or butcher shop. Depending on where you live, fresh seafood could be a great and relatively inexpensive option for bulk purchase and storage.
Dry goods lend themselves very well to bulk purchases. What I classify as dry goods are things like; flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, spices, coffees, teas, nuts, dried beans, rice, popcorn and whole grains. I would also classify not so dry things like oils, honey or molasses, and vinegar in the "dry goods" category as well.
Canned goods (especially home canned) are a good means of storing food that otherwise would only keep for a few days. Fruits and vegetables are best when canned at home, but the reality is, not everybody has the equipment or the time to can their own food. Or - you maybe you already do your own canning, but don't have access to certain items in fresh form.
Do you grow your own garden? Have you ever been surprised by something you planted by how much it OVER produced? Have you ever considered trading surplus produce?
We have an informal network of friends and family that raise lots of different things in their gardens, orchards and farms. Some years we have surplus of one thing and none of another. Someone we know may be looking for the very thing we have surplus stock of, and may have extra of something we're looking for. It only makes sense to keep in touch with those people that you may be able to do some bulk food trading with. It can be well worth the time for everyone involved!
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