Originally Posted by kornkob
Your best bet if you're going to buy bulk ingredients but like to have them portioned is to pick up a vacuum sealer. Get your 50 pounds of extract and portion it out into whatever weights you want. http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodli.asp?DeptNo=3000&ClassNo=0335
I actually bought mine for food originally and later discovered how useful it was for beer ingredients and equipment, the first aid kit in my trunk, spare socks for camping/hunting, putting medicine/liquids in my checked luggage on flights, creating a 'snowstorm staples' pack to keep in the basement for emergencies--- I've got a lot of stuff in those vacuum packs other than the bulk frozen meats and frozen stews/chilli/soup that I orignally bought it for.
I completely agree on this, but didn't think to seperate my DME. Thats a great idea.. and the bags are resusable.
I use my vacuum sealer for all kinds of stuff. I bought it initially for beer ingredients, but I'm amazed how much longer meats stay looking fresh in them. I usually go to the grocery store when they ribeyes or NY strips on sale for $4.99/lb and stock up!.
As far as beer stuff.. I buy all my hops from hopsdirect... I have 12-14 varieties and keep them in my deep freeze. I keep my corriander and orange peels together for my wits. I buy my speciality grains in bulk, split their proportions out, then keep the grain bill in one bag for next time.
I just hate all those damn styrofoam peanuts though. A royal PITA[IMG]/images/smilies/mad.gif[/IMG]
Definately! Especially when you have a 8 week old lab puppy that thinks they are treats.