I find online shopping very convenient, especially as l am sourcing products that can be difficult to find and which are often quite expensive in health food shops. I have a few favourite online shops that l buy from and thought l would give everyone a look into my latest order which has just arrived from a favourite of mine http://www.bulkwholefoods.com.au. I order from this supplier about once a month and take advantage of their free delivery for orders over $100. Sometimes they have a 10% off special also which helps with the budget. I received 13 items in my order with a total of approximately $135. I only placed the order yesterday morning and it arrived 24 hours later on my door step. I pay online through Paypal and l receive confirmation emails when the order is placed and again when shipped. Everything came nicely packed as shown in the picture above and the item in a glass jar was wrapped in bubble wrap.
What did l buy?
I bought 2 kilos of Natural Almond meal at a cost of $15.99 per kilo. I keep this in the fridge in tubs and use it mainly for cakes and pancakes and I sometimes buy hazelnut meal for a change. I also bought a 500g bag of blanched flaked almonds at a cost of $9.99. I also keep these in the fridge in a container and also use them in cakes and pancakes.
Buckwheat and Coconut flours are my favourite flours as they are gluten free and cook well. They are major ingredients in the cakes and pancakes that l make. This supplier also has Besan flour which is made from chickpeas but l find it has a very strong flavour. Banana flour is a new product l haven’t yet tried but it is very expensive so l didn’t get it this time. Another good flour is quinoa flour but it is also quite expensive so l only buy it every now and again. I bought two 1 kilo bags of Buckwheat flour for $7.50 per kilo and two 500g bags of Coconut flour for $5.95 each. I purchased two 1 kilo bags of Spelt wholemeal organic flour for $6.20 per kilo which l use in cooking for my children. While l don’t eat any gluten containing foods they are on a low gluten diet and l use this flour in conjunction with the buckwheat flour when cooking cakes for them. My other favourite ancient grain flour is Khorason/Kamut flour but this was out of stock. I actually prefer it to the Spelt as l think it cooks up nicer and produces a softer cake.
I really love seeds and would have also purchased chia and sunflower seeds in this order but try to keep the cost as close to the $100 free delivery as l can, and l haven’t run out of them yet. I keep all of my seeds in containers in the fridge and will soak and dehydrate the pumpkin seeds before using them. I purchased a 1 kilo bag of pumpkin seeds for $18.70 and a 1 kilo bag of sesame seeds for $12.95. I use both of these seeds in my cooking and love to add pumpkin seeds into the pan when l am cooking scrambled eggs or an omelette.
I really like this honey and l am able to buy it for the same price from local supermarkets but added it to this order for convenience. I paid $9.70 for the 500g jar. I use this honey in my cooking and have really stepped away from using Stevia in preference to this product/or similar brand as l find the taste so delicious and sweet. Because l don’t use dairy in my cooking but the very delicious organic coconut oil, l find that this honey and the coconut oil are a great flavour combination.
The final product in this order is shredded coconut and l use it in my cakes and seed bars mainly. I also buy the coconut flakes but had some left in the pantry. I am enjoying trying all of the exciting coconut products that are available and find the flavour really delicious in my cooking. I purchased a 1 kilo bag for $11.99.
I find that products can be cheaper online than in the store but this isn’t always the case, so it is good to be aware that prices can vary quite a lot. I noticed this morning that my local Supa IGA has a new range in that includes buckwheat flour so l am hoping these products will become more accessible to everyone as demand increases.
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