Several years ago, I wrote about whether it was better to shop for your menu or stock your pantry. Back then, the shop for my menu method worked best for me. I looked for what was on sale and I built my menu around that.
But now, I think I’m going to try changing my approach. I think I’d like a reasonably stocked pantry, and then build my weekly menus around that. I still want to have the freedom to cook whatever sounds good, and hopefully having a well stocked pantry will help in that endeavor.
Last week, I was at a natural food store and I picked up a 50-lb. bag of organic whole wheat flour for $20. I parceled it out into freezer bags and stuck ’em in my freezer. It took up less space than I thought. I probably would like to buy a stand-alone freezer to put in our garage, but only if I can justify the extra expense for the freezer and the extra energy costs.
Where I live now, I’m closest to a Marsh and a Kroger. I like the deals and selection at Kroger best. Then, there’s a natural foods store that’s not too far. Lastly, I can go to Trader Joe’s and stock up from time to time so I’m not making lots of trips.
Further, Azure Standard, the natural bulk food food store, is going to be adding a drop point to Indianapolis in the coming months. Perhaps I can find some deals there.
And of course, there’s always good ol’ Amazon. Great prices on things and usually free shipping if you do it well.
I’m going to set out and make a list of some pantry staples that I’d like to have on hand and then scout out the best places for me to get them.
I don’t like going to the grocery very much right now, so if I can do bigger bulk purchases, and then only get produce and dairy products weekly that would be much faster.
Do you do a shop-the-pantry method? How does it work for you?