Unfortunately we have become so disconnected from how our food is grown, that it’s easy to be attracted to the idea of buying pantry staples 'fresh each week’ rather than looking at the way seasonal food has been grown and stored traditionally for decades – where grains and nuts are harvested at their peak season, then dried and stored in a larder until the next season.
Take pantry staples like lentils, rice and oats for example, all of which have annual growing seasons where they are harvested once a year, and we begin to realise that we have been running to the shops each week buying little plastic wrapped portions of pantry staples thinking they’re fresher than the week before without realising that these are annual crops we’re buying. Even olive oil in Australia is harvested just once a year, during the olive season.
Whether we buy pantry staples this week or next week, it’s likely come from the same harvest, and whether the dry goods are being stored on the supermarket shelves, at the distributer's warehouse or in the farmer’s silo, it’s still the same food that was part of the one harvest.
So why not store it in your pantry instead? By buying in bulk we’re saving money, saving on packaging waste, saving ourselves trips to the shops, and we always have food on hand to whip up a quick meal or bake a cake before a friend drops around.