Shops in Berlin that sell bulk foods

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Do you know of a store in Berlin that sells bulk grains, dried fruit, etc., out of bins, a la the health food/co-ops stores of the U.S.?

I'm looking for field corn (called maiz blanco or "cacahuazintle") to make fresh masa dough.

 

Thanks in advance!!! :-)

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Hm, I was wondering the same thing. I guess that no such place exists?

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I have not found a bulk store in Berlin... Yet..

Perhaps we should open one?

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Your best bet is to go to any of the Turkish shops in Wedding near the Gesundbrunnen center.

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Thanks, globalgirl, I'll try that.

evilduck, we should totally open a vegan co-op here :) or get veni vidi vegi to start carrying bulk items!!

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Has anyone here had success yet finding bulk foods in Berlin? I started a new topic along these lines but just wanted to check in with this group to see if anyone has leads since this was first generated. Thank you.

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Hello,

Looking to buy bulk bags of brown rice, quinoa, maybe dried fruits and nuts... I use these ingredients so much and would like to save a little money..(Maybe) by buying in bulk even a company that ships it out would be fine if it still saves me some money ...any ideas?

thanks

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I imagine brookeb was after recommendations from experience, not a sarcastic link to a google search. The top hits on that list are shit anyway.

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exactly.. leave it to the TT "control" to be ...hmmm.. yes sarcastic is a nicer word then I would use!

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Quinoa

 


  • http://www.newstartcenter.biz/en/healthfood/grain-grainprodukts/grain-big-package/Quinoa-25-kg-DAVERT.html
    http://www.yatego.com/bio-rittergut/p,50894120b3344,5056af8e649146_4,bio-vollkorn-quinoa-10-kg-25-kg
    http://www.amazon.de/Reishunger-Quinoa-Wei%C3%9Fer-Bolivien-erh%C3%A4ltlich/dp/B007JKZGRQ/

 

Rice

 

  • http://www.yatego.com/bio-naturprodukte/19-00-00,1,,1,1,q,reis
    http://www.newstartcenter.biz/index.php?stoken=EBA1E4DA&force_sid=&lang=1&cl=search&searchparam=reis
    http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Dgrocery&field-keywords=Reishunger+Reis
    http://www.reishunger.de/

 

Dried stuff

 

  • http://www.newstartcenter.biz/en/healthfood/nut-dryfruit/
    http://www.yatego.com/naturkost/getreide-reis/19-24-21,3,,1,1

 

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Hmmm... do you go to the Turkish and Asian shops in town? I find the prices to be ideal for buying the items you mentioned and you can easily buy bigger bags at most of them. For example, for rice I would hit up the Vinh Loi at Wittenberg Platz. [Edit: I just noticed you wrote "brown rice" - I would try the Turkish shop for that since I think it's not as popular in most Asian cooking!] They also have tofu (regular firm, soft, pre-fried, Sichuan-spiced, etc) and tempeh for very friendly prices, all kinds of rice noodles, and a generous selection of grains and spices for in Indian cooking. Most of these items are cheaper than in the regular grocery store.

 

I also shop at a few of the euro gidas on Potsdamerstr - the one I prefer is Potsdamerstr 152 next to U-Bulowstraße. They have all kinds of grains (some in bigger bags), plus lots of dried nuts, seeds, and fruits. Generally speaking, items are cheaper than the German stores + often w/ better selection.

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Quinoa is hard to find - i have never seen it in the Turkish shops, but rather in health food stores and Kaiser where it is expensive and available only in small packages. After looking at amazon.com, it would seem that Quinoa is expensive even in the US via bulk purchases.

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Quinoa is something originally from South America and is not found in most traditional "Old World" food. Probably the cheapest you will get is from one of those links. I saw a big bag of it at Metro before, but I don't remember how much it is and I can't guarantee that they would have it in a Metro in Berlin. I think we are going there tomorrow and I will have a look but I doubt it is much cheaper and you need someone with a Metro card to go with you if you want it.

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I had a look they didn't seem to have the big bags anymore, cheaper online.

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You can get it in DM, but not in particularly big bags.

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thank you this helps... it is still expensive online.. no way around it.. its sad that's its so expensive to eat healthier options... oh well...

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Brooke, what work are you doing in Berlin? If you have any access to Metro or some such place you will find the bulk prices much more palatable. I would also venture to Turkish markets, the seedier, the better, as in my experience, they have better prices and almost always carry everything family-sized.

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Resurrecting this thread, and touching on what was joked about earlier, would anybody in the Berlin area be interested in starting a bulk buying co-op?

 

I'm challenging myself to cut my food bill in half this year, and my thinking was if a bunch of us go in for a big order from a wholesaler, we could potentially save a lot of money! I would also love to cut the organic rip off merchants (namely Vegans and Denns) out of my life once and for all!

 

Show of interest below please!

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I could be interested in a bulk-buying co-op. What do you have in mind?

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