Many people think that buying dried fruits in bulk means that you have to purchase large quantities, like in the big-box stores. The “bulk” term really refers only to the store’s presentation, not the quantity you purchase. In fact, bulk is often the best choice for buying smaller quantities of some products than the packaged versions. Buying in bulk has become a popular option in natural food stores, farmers markets, online retailers, and wholesalers.
Organic bulk foods: 89% cheaper than their organic packaged counterparts
Now, a recent study puts bulk foods in the spotlight. Organic bulk foods on average are 89 percent less expensive than their organic packaged counterparts. This is according to research results from the Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center (FILC).
Dried fruit makes a great snack and helps you get your 5 daily servings of fruit. Indulge in dried apples, mangoes, pineapple, and figs are only a few of the healthy dried fruit available. When possible, choose reduced choices for dried fruit sugar content, or with a bit of fruit juice added when the fruit is particularly sour, such as sour cherries or cranberries. Doctors and Nutritionists are voicing concern online about fruit juice because of the fresh or dried fruit sugar content used to make the beverages.
The high sugar content of dried fruits acts as a natural preservative; this means no refrigeration is necessary although keeping them cold can help them last even longer. Be sure to store dried fruit in air-tight containers to keep the fruit from absorbing moisture and remember that sometimes the natural sugars in dried fruit will solidify, forming crystals on the surface. This is especially true of figs and prunes, but harmless and still great to eat.
Dried fruit also go well with unsalted nuts. Try homemade trail mix with raisins, high-fiber cereal and unsalted almonds, even apples and almonds in a salad. The choice is yours.