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like oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, etc. How-
ever, if you¡¯ve ever avoided trying something new
because you didn¡¯t want to end up with a large
(often pricey) bottle of something you weren¡¯t
sure you would ever use again, buying in bulk is
a great way to try a small amount of something
new.
3. It¡¯s more economical. Buying in bulk is less
costly for multiple reasons. Packaged versions of
the same teas or spices typically cost considerably
more than bulk product. That¡¯s because it takes
energy and resources to make and transport pack-
ages, as well as to dispose of the shipping packag-
ing that protects the product from the distribution
center to the store. Those costs get passed on to
the consumer in the form of higher prices.
4. Bulk is better for the planet. By eliminating
packaging, bulk products put less strain on the
environment. Because bulk foods, spices, herbs
and teas are typically presented in reusable con-
tainers in stores, there¡¯s less packaging going into
the waste stream, too. What¡¯s more, bulk foods
are more likely to be locally produced, so the costs
and environmental impact of transporting them to
the store is less than with packaged products.
If you¡¯re ready to begin buying bulk this season,
try this recipe from Frontier Co-op:
Baked Cranberry Apples
Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon Organic Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Organic Orange Peel Granules
4 Organic 2 3/4¡± Korintje Cinnamon Sticks
1 pound Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples
2 cups rinsed and sorted fresh cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons melted butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut
1/2-inch top off the stem end of the apples. Re-
move the stems, leaving a small hole into which
you can insert a cinnamon stick. Core the apples
with a melon baller. Discard cores. Scoop out the
inside of the apples, being careful not to pierce the
skin. Chop the flesh. Set aside.
Combine the cranberries, raisins, chopped apple
flesh, orange juice, butter, nutmeg, vanilla, and
orange peel in a medium bowl. Stuff this mixture
inside the hollowed-out apples and place in lightly
greased oven-proof dish.
Replace cap on each apple, with a cinnamon stick
through the stem opening. Spread any extra stuff-
ing around the apples and bake in preheated oven
until tender, about 45 minutes.
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2016 October/November
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Debunking bulk buying myths:
The truth that makes ¡®cents¡¯ this season
(BPT) Bulk buying often gets a bum rap. If
you buy into common bulk myths, you prob-
ably believe ¡°buying in bulk¡± means going to a
warehouse store to purchase bucket-sized jars
of jelly or paper towel packages so large they
barely fit in an SUV - all to supply a big family.
Bulk buying, you think, isn¡¯t for smaller families
with smaller needs.
Confusion is common about the difference
between club purchasing and bulk buying. Club
shopping requires you to have an annual mem-
bership at a specialized store that does, in fact,
sell plus-size packages of common foods and
household products. It can be a great way for
big families to save money.
But that¡¯s not bulk buying.
¡°Buying bulk¡± doesn¡¯t refer to the amount you
have to buy, but rather to how a store presents
products for purchase. Bulk foods like spices or
grains are presented in large bins, allowing you
to purchase exactly as much or as little as you
need, rather than locking you into purchasing
pre-packaged amounts. It¡¯s an approach that
particularly makes sense when you need just
a small amount of something, or want to try
something new but aren¡¯t sure you¡¯ll like it.
What¡¯s more, these days it¡¯s possible to find
bulk food aisles in some of your favorite grocery
stores. Many stores now sell a number of prod-
ucts in bulk, from rice, flour and pasta to dried
fruits, nuts and even sweeteners. You can also
find bulk products in the aisles or for sale online
from purveyors like Frontier Co-op, which sells
organic and sustainably sourced spices, season-
ings and teas in bulk.
With the arrival of fall and the approach of the
holiday season, buying in bulk can be a great
way to experiment with new recipes, stock your
spice shelf for celebratory cooking and baking,
and even discover ideas for creative food gifts.
Here are four reasons to consider trying buying
bulk this season:
1. You can buy exactly the amount you
want. Perhaps you¡¯re trying a new recipe that
calls for an exotic spice you¡¯ve never tried be-
fore. Rather than buying a large, pricey bottle
of a spice you may not use again, you can go
online and purchase exactly the amount of spice
you need from Frontier. You won¡¯t spend money
on more than you need, nor end up with left-
over spice you may not use again anytime soon.
2. Spice up your spice rack. Your spice rack
probably contains some staples you use often,
1. All in the family. Party favors are more
exciting when they involve the whole family.
Include an activity that everyone will enjoy like
a classic card game or a packet of flower seeds
to plant as a family.
2. Follow the theme. You¡¯ve managed to suc-
cessfully bring your child¡¯s birthday theme to life
at the party, so why end it there? Pair a party
treat with your themed decorations to give each
partygoer a treasured memory in their bag. For
example, Hershey birthday products, available
at Wal-Mart retailers nationwide, come in a va-
riety of fun colors to match your child¡¯s birthday
bash. Whether it is pink for a princess theme
or blue for an astronaut theme, you can choose
from a variety of colored treats to send home
with your guests.
3. Keep contents age appropriate. Make
sure to tailor goodie bag contents to match the
age of attendees. While 5-year-old party guests
might appreciate stickers and pencils, older
children might prefer something more high-
tech, like a gift certificate to a mobile app store.
If you have a mix of ages among your party
guests, choose items that can be enjoyed by all
ages, such as craft kits.
4. Include an engaging item. Rather than
including trinkets that may get thrown out,
choose items that your party guests can actually
use. Bubbles are a crowd-favorite for all ages,
and coloring books are great to have on hand
for long road trips.
5. Seal it with a ¡°KISS.¡± Make your guest feel
appreciated by including a hand-written thank
you note paired with some of the new HER-
SHEY¡¯S KISSES Birthday Cake Candies. Nothing
leaves you with the top hostess title quite like a
well-crafted thank you and a sweet treat to take
home.
To find all the supplies to make your next birth-
day party a hit, stop by the Hershey Birthday
display in the Celebrations aisle at your local
Wal-Mart and visit www.hersheybirthdays.com
for recipes, crafts and other sweet birthday
inspiration.
Birthday Inspiration
¡°Cooking is like love. It should
be entered into with abandon
or not at all.¡± - Harriet Van Horne
As Much/As Little As You Need
Your guests
will thank
you for the
surprise and
you can be
sure they will
be looking for-
ward to your
next party!
Keep it
simple, that¡¯s
the secret to
the most suc-
cessful goodie
bag.
Try these
five tips for
your next
birthday
party:
5 tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag
(BPT) Birthday parties are an exciting time for all.
From the party games to the presents and deli-
cious cake, birthdays are an occasion for family
and friends to come together and celebrate.
There are so many ways to make a birthday party
special, but why not kick it up a notch and make
your next birthday party even more memorable?
Just because the party is over, doesn¡¯t mean the
fun has to stop.
Send your guests home with a fun and specially-
crafted goodie bag. All it takes is a little creativity
and some custom supplies to match our theme.
Send guests home with the ultimate party favor.
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