How To Buy Chips In Bulk And Keep Them Fresh

I use to avoid the huge bags of chips at the warehouse stores because the one time I bought them, almost a third of the bag went stale before we could eat them all. Wasting food is no savings. And yes, I know you can re-crisp chips by heating them in the oven for a bit, but I was not going to do that every time we ate chips.

Besides, the savings wasn’t that great.

Until I read about GMO’s (genetically modified organisims) and how most non-organic corn products were made with GMO corn. As a gardener and a Christian, I just find myself on the side firmly against GMO products (though it seems we are up against some pretty big players…)- even without “proof” of how they might affect our bodies.

And that’s when I realized those huge bags of organic chips were a big savings and I better come up with a way to use them.

So, here’s my tip:

When you are ready to use some of the chips, open the bag and immediately pour 1/3 into a gallon zipper baggie (a thick freezer one works best- less chance of the corners poking holes in them), and repeat with another 1/3 of the large bag. The last third stays in the original bag and becomes your first “bag” of chips.

Remove as much air as you can from the two zipper baggies (I like to suck out the air with a straw I keep in my baggie drawer just for this purpose- you’ll be amazed at how this really works!) and place in your pantry. Use them as you would smaller bags of chips.

We’ve had these bags in our pantry for weeks and they’ve never been stale when we’ve opened them up- they are just as crisp as the day I bagged them up (which actually shocked me at first- I thought the last bag would maybe be a bit stale…).

So now I spend a few minutes bagging up the chips we won’t use right away and save big on organic chips.

How big? When split, I get three 13-1/3 oz. bags for $1.53 each (this is the Kirkland brand at Costco). If I’m lucky to have a coupon for sale organic chips, I might be able to get a bag for about $1.50 to $2.00. But that bag is typically only 8 oz. (and sometimes only 6 oz.!) so that big warehouse bag really is a nice savings.

Do you have any tips on how to save and store when buying in bulk?


This is linked to Kitchen Tip Tuesday.





  1. says

    Did you know that you can freeze chips? As long as they’re in a sealed freezer bag with minimal air and so no moisture can get to them, they will stay fresh. My grandmother used to roll down the top of the chip bag and put it in a freezer bag, then freeze until she needed them, and they were never stale.

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip. We get huge bags of chips when we visit my inlaws in Texas because they have the best tortilla chips. I’ll have to try this next time.

  3. Sherri B. says

    Great tip, thanks. We usually buy those too and find that the chickens are the ones who benefit most from those large bags…ugh.

  4. JUDY says

    Continue to support the Organic and non-GMO industry! Have you noticed how Costco is growing with Organics as well as other mainstream stores..tell them what we want..PTL..

    I thought you could freeze chips. I now remember freezing unopened bags of all chips with no worries about the taste.
    The tip on breaking down a bag is helpful to those with limited freezer space.

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