What did we do before the ease of microwave and refrigerators? I talked to some of my professors who have been around long enough to remember such a perilous time and it turns out that the answer is cheap and delicious: Bulk Foods. Store them in cool, dry places and they are good to go for months. Of course you have to get familiar with preparation, and add a little flavor but for my unsophisticated palette garlic and salt almost always do the trick. Luckily our fair city has plently of places to get the staples of rice, beans and oats. Central Market, Whole Foods and HEB are just few retailers that have bulk food sections, not to mention an array of farmer’s markets. If the first two places usually keep you out because of their high prices, these are the sections to get the deals. And for you sweet tooths out there the bulk aisle has a whole section for you included chocolate covered everything (perfect for a trail mix). I always sneak a sample! When all is said and done, this is a great place for a healthy (or not so healthy) snack that will last you longer than a $1.00 bag of potato chips. So plan ahead to explore somewhere else in the market beside the frozen food aisle.
Posted by Jill Harris