Canned foods are one of the best things to buy in bulk, and, as a bonus, they’ve largely avoided inflation-related price hikes.
Most canned foods can last indefinitely as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place (not under the sink, above the stove, or in a damp basement or garage), according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).Acidic foods like tomatoes and fruits don’t store quite as long, but they can still last up to 18 months, the USDA says.
Fresh fruits and veggies
Buying fruits and veggies in bulk might sound like an odd strategy, but you can actually store them for quite some time once frozen. Still, it’s not as simple as throwing a banana in the corner of your freezer and calling it a day.
“Unlike meat, with veggies and fruits, you have to know how to freeze them,” Freeman says. “If you bought [fresh] blueberries to freeze and you just stuck them in a big bag, you’re gonna have a big blue glob.”