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Bulk Foods & Great Finds

I'm not one to purchase certain things because of the brand name. Sure, I LOVE a box of Cheez-Its, but I have no problem buying the less expensive Cheese-Nips. I often stick to JIF peanut butter, but for the most part I'm willing to purchase generic or store brand foods. This is often the case when it comes to toilet paper, tissues, laundry detergent and soap.

I also think many of the 'name brand' kitchen appliances and gadgets are a waste of money and a cheaper, less popular brand can be just as effective if not better. Kitchen Aid is one example - lots of appliances, lots of gadgets for a high price. Calphalon is another name that comes to mind. $300-600 for cookware seems ridiculous to me. I love my Revere pots an pans and wouldn't trade them for anything. When I go thrift shopping or garage sales, I'm always looking for Revere pots and pans. 

This brings me to my most recent trip to GFS - Gordon Food Service. I rarely visit this bulk food store and every time I do, I'm always surprised at the things I bring home! I believe this store has some of the best and most affordable kitchen gadgets you can find. I am most recently in love with my Rubbermaid baking spatula/scraper and my plastic scoops - I have a small one to scoop out of my ice maker and a large one to scoop dog food into my dog's bowl. I've purchase inexpensive metal tongs for appetizers and veggie trays. I have basic serving spoons and can't imagine life without them. I believe these items are similar to commercial items and therefore much more basic and durable. They don't come in fancy colors to match your kitchen decor, and your selection is limited, but the basics are all you need.

The next time you shop, and see something that says "Kitchen Aid" don't assume it's the best. I wouldn't trade my $10 four piece toaster for a $40 Kitchen Aid one, nor an $80 Calphalon one unless you paid me!