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iVillage: 10 Tips for Buying Food in Bulk

Only Buy What You Can Actually Eat

Try not to let your eyes be too big for your stomach (and your pantry). “Buying a 132-ounce jar of salsa for two people is just silly, and you’ll wind up throwing it out,” Lempert says. A good rule of thumb is to buy only in quantities you’ll use within three months. Remember: It’s not a good buy if you can’t cook through it before it goes bad.

“Think about how many times you will be able to use it and actually want to eat it. It’s about coming up with creative ways to prepare and eat the ingredient,” explains Laurie Buckle, editor of Fine Cooking magazine and one of the editors of Big Buy Cooking: The Food Lover’s Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using it All Up. “It’s a little bit like buying shoes and asking yourself, ‘How many things can I wear them with?’”

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