Buying in bulk can save you some dough when you are purchasing diapers, toilet paper, or cleaning products, but you may want to stay away from the wholesalers for some of your food products. The List’s Donna Ruko and Life Time Fitness’s registered dietician Julie Brown have 3 items to buy at your local grocery store.
Whether it is olive, vegetable, or grape seed oil the shelf life is very similar. Once it has been opened oil keeps for about 3 to 6 months. Buying your oil in dark glass bottles will help light from breaking them down. To check it is still good Julie Brown says to do a rancidity test by smelling the oil before using it.
Spices don’t go bad but their potency decreases after 6 months to a year. Do a yearly check and get rid of ones you have not used. Elongate the shelf life by buying in whole form and grind it up yourself.
Ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise are a few of the items you may want to avoid in bulk size. It is hard enough to get through a bottle before the expiration date is up but Julie Brown says they can also be laden with preservatives and sugar.
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