Frugal Photo Friday: Bulk Potatoes and Onions

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a HUGE fan of our produce co-op!!  Recently, the man who runs it offered to pick up extras for anyone who wanted an extra case or two of something.  We bought 40lb of sweet potatoes for $9, 50lbs of russet potatoes for $10 and  50lbs of onions for $12.  I was stunned at the savings!

It’s looking like harvest time in our kitchen now!  (btw…I love those tiny helper feet on the top of that stool!)

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5 thoughts on “Frugal Photo Friday: Bulk Potatoes and Onions

    • Hi, Rebekah! Thanks for hosting the Frugal Photo Friday! It’s been a lot of fun for me and my husband who are just getting back into blogging after a long time off. 🙂

      We eat A LOT of potatoes and onions in this house! The children and I will eat sweet potatoes for lunch about twice a week and we often substitute potatoes for grains (like pasta or rice under stir fry). Left over baked potatoes make excellent hash browns – every bit as good as the breakfast chains if not better, and roasted potatoes are a staple at our table. We LOVE stir fried veggies with LOTS of onions and everyone knows onions go in everything. However, if I reach a point where I can tell they’re not going to last much longer, I will chop them and if they are sweet onions, I’ll dry them and if they’re hot, I’ll freeze them. We really don’t lose very much, but on the occasions that we do, I toss it to the chickens or into the compost and don’t really consider it wasted. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

  1. I love this idea, but I have a hard time eating a bag of potatoes from Sams Club before some potatoes rot. What do you do with them?

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jenn! I understand your concern about rotting potatoes and I do sometimes have a few to go bad but here’s a few tips. First: Eat A LOT of potatoes! Seriously, we substitute spuds for rice under stir fry and serve roasted potatoes as a side often. Potato soup is another great meatless meal. Second: Don’t just let your potatoes sit as you work through the bag, flip it over periodically. Better yet, put them in a basket or box and about every 10 days dump them out and put the ones that were on the top in at the bottom. (My 15 month old loves to do this voluntarily, so I don’t really have to think about it too much right now!! :-)) Third: If you still can’t figure out a way to eat them all before they go bad, see if you can find a friend who would love the benefit of saving along with you and split a bulk purchase. I actually did sale 20lbs of the 50lb bag to a friend – she was happy and I was glad not to have to worry about them going bad. Win win all around.

      You might also search online for a few storage tips. I’ve heard of folks storing potatoes in dirt in a cool area (dark corner of a basement, maybe) for quite a long time. I don’t have a place like that so I’ve never tried it.

      Hope this helps you not be too afraid of bulk potatoes! Remember, too, at those prices even if I lost a few pounds to rot it was well worth the purchase! 🙂 Have a great week!

  2. Those precious, precious feet!!! They tiptoed into our hearts 3+ years ago and have been planted securely there ever since! What a good helper!! I can truly see her cooking and sewing at 7!!

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