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a tour of the BULK FOODS ROOM in a health food store

Robyn Openshaw - Apr 19, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Lots of people walk into a health food store and have no clue what to buy!

So I’ve done a bunch of videos showing some of my favorite things in a

typical natural foods store.

Today here’s my video about the BULK FOODS ROOM! Feel free to ask your

questions here and I’ll try to answer.

Posted in: Videos, Whole Food

11 thoughts on “a tour of the BULK FOODS ROOM in a health food store”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I get your e-mails all the time and found this one to be so helpful as far as the bulk items. I’m still working on transitioning over and plan on getting your book. Thank you so much for all the info.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What do you think of freeze dried foods?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      They’re okay for long-term storage although I find I just don’t use or like them much. Sometimes they are preserved with sulfur dioxin or whatever, not a fan of that.

  3. Like Lisa, I am also very interested in your solutions for long term storage of seeds/nuts, and other whole foods, which Pam asked so well in her April 20th post. I’ll copy and include it here. Thanks so much!

    Pam wrote:

    We love what you do and are in the process of rethinking our storage, both dry and fresh. We have two big freezers, (we grow org. veg. and fruit, been square foot gardening for years ; ) Here’s my question for today: Must I use my valuable freezer space for ALL my grains and seeds, long term, of course. I always have. Now I am wondering if I need to, listening to your bulk foods video. Do you have any printed materials on how you store all your foods? On your CD you mentioned your cold bin. Is this something you had built in your kitchen?

    Thanks for your time, and caring about sharing this message that needs to be shouted from the mountain tops!

    Getting Healthier By The Day, Pam

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Pam, Vivian, I am working on a food storage course. However, grains store long-term easily (jars, buckets, or double Ziploc gallon freezer bags, so I wouldn’t use freezer space for that, or legumes. I would freeze seeds and nuts, however, as they have fats that go rancid in 6 months or so at room temp. I have cold storage in my basement. You can dig a cold shelter against your home’s concrete foundation if you want (Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest).

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick reply to David’s comment of April 24th: David if you are unsure about meat or the value of animal protein or why so many people are shying away from it, may I recommend the book or audio book entitled “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell. This is one book that is based on actual science, not just another health writer’s opinion. Robyn does a nice book report on it in her 12-steps program. The evidence presented in this book is to an eater like reading is to a college grad. Fundamental. Regardless of your taste buds or politics, this book is a “must read.” Good luck.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why do you always suggest dehydrating almonds and other things? I’ve looked and looked in your 12 Steps materials and your videos and can find nothing that instructs “why” to dehydrate. I have truly “raw” almonds that I soak to sprout, but do not dehydrate them because I do not have a dehydrator (yet). Is it just to prolong their shelf life?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Sherre, yes, it’s to prolong shelf life (preserve) and also to make them crunchy.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Excellent and educational….thanks I can go to my health foods co-op with a new set of eyes towards purchasing in the bulk food section.

  7. Anonymous says:


    I grow buckwheat sprouts in trays and outside in my garden in springtime. They would be excellent added to your smoothies . High in Vit C and a bioflavnoid called rutin. Also would thicken the smoothie.

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