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Bulk Up on Grains


After reading a recent article about the effects quinoa exporting has had on the price Bolivian people have to pay for their staple table grain, I was encouraged to diversify my pantry with alternative whole grains.

I've always adored the bulk sections at grocery stores - albeit as a child it was the bulk candy aisles - today, my local San Francisco co-op, Rainbow Grocery, has the best bulk selections around.

Buying bulk has wonderful benefits:

  • Purchase precise quantities for recipes, large quantities for storage, or small quantities for sampling
  • Offers variety
  • Fresh. Less time on the shelves and no added preservatives
  • Cost effective
  • Less packaging

I stocked up on the following gluten-free grains:

  • Rice: Brown, Basmati and Arborio
  • Millet
  • Amaranth 
  • Buckwheat
  • Kasha

Hearty, comforting and honestly just as easy to cook as pasta, these grains lend themselves to sweet or savory breakfast, lunch or dinner sides or mains. Welcoming to your body's digestive system and extra satisfying when the table's mundane bread and white rice are starving for a little diversity.

For reference, the following whole grains are not gluten free:

  • Wheat
  • Oats (gluten free are available)
  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Kamut

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