Buying Bulk Food Items



Interested in cooking dried beans, lentils, grains etc.?

Whole Foods has great tips on how to prep, cook, and serve bulk food items.

Why Buy Bulk Food Items?

  • Less waste with the packaging involved
  • Experiment with food buying as little or as much as you’d like
  • Ingredients are fresh
  • Sometimes buying bulk may be cheaper, depends


Black Beans:  Soak overnight(4-12 hours)-simmer for 1.5 hours

Chickpeas: Soak overnight-simmer 1.5-2 hours

Navy, Pinto, and Red Beans: Soak overnight-simmer 2 hours

Soybeans: Don’t need to soak-simmer 3-4 hours


Lentils: Sort and rinse lentils before cooking.

Green Lentils: Simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Split Lentils (Red): Simmer for 25 minutes.

Split Peas (Green/Yellow): Simmer for 1 hour.


Rice: Conversion of Grain-To-Liquid

Brown Rice (medium grain and long grain): 1 cup of brown rice-2 cups of water

Jasmine Rice (white): 1 cup rice-1 3/4 cups water

Wild Rice Blend: 1 cup rice-3 cups water

Grains: Conversion of Grain-To-Liquid

Amaranth: 1 cup grain-3 cups water

Couscous: 1 cup grain-1 1/4 cups water

Steel-Cut Oats: 1 cup oats-2 cups water

Quinoa-Pronounced (KEEN-wah): 1 cup-4 cups water

TEFF: 1 cup-2 1/2 cups water


Some Examples of Gluten-Free Flours:

  • Amaranth
  • Cornmeal (blue & yellow)
  • Soy
  • Teff
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Almond Meal/Flour
  • Arrowroot Starch
  • Black Bean Flour
  • Fava Bean Flour
  • Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea)Flour
  • Gluten-Free Oat Bran
  • Gluten-Free Oat Flour
  • Banana Flour



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