6. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts are expensive, and it can be tempting to purchase the large quantities found at discount clubs at lower prices. However, opened packages of nuts can expire quickly. At best, you can end up with mealy, flavorless nuts. At worst, they can turn rancid and foul-tasting. Pine nuts and pistachios are the quickest to expire, with a shelf life of around one to three months past the date printed on the package. Almonds are the hardiest nuts, with a shelf life of up to one year. Purchase nuts in the quantity needed when baking. For snacking, select package sizes you will consume within this time frame.
5. Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil has many health benefits due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Studies suggest it may help prevent heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease. However, before you grab that 3-liter bottle of olive oil at the discount club, make sure you will be able to use it within six months. Additionally, light breaks olive oil down. Purchase olive oil in dark containers that will protect against sunlight, and store your bottle in a cool, dark pantry.
Bulk quantities of fruits and vegetables look so tempting and can provide so many of the antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber your family needs. However, they won’t do your body any good if they spoil before they can be consumed. Purchase produce in amounts your family will consume by shopping at local farmer’s markets or the local grocery store. Additionally, grocery stores often offer seasonal produce at lower prices than discount stores.