Simple and Do-able….. 🙂
1. Wash out your empty glass jars (the ones you bought your pickles or olives in) and use these to store food instead of plastic containers.
2. Can’t get the sticky label off the empty jar? Here’s what works for me:
- Soak the empty jar in hot water, or run it through your automatic dishwasher.
- Peel off as much of the label as possible.
- Smear a thick layer of peanut butter (yes really) over the remaining bits and over any remaining adhesive (I use the back of a spoon to do this).
- Leave the peanut butter to do its work for half an hour or longer.
- Wipe off with a damp cloth or else paper towels or newspaper, and throw the paper straight into your compost bin.
- This for me is the surest way to remove stubborn adhesive! A vinegar soaked cloth over the sticky bits is another option you can try (leave it for a half hour or longer), or else try olive oil instead of the peanut butter.
3. Freeze food in glass jars instead of plastic: See my previous post….
4. Buy in large quantities in order to reduce plastic and other packaging: I previously used to buy toilet rolls in stacks of 4’s or 9’s but now I’ve started buying in stacks of 18. This makes sense to me for two reasons: firstly, its cheaper and secondly it saves on plastic. Simply put, 1 x 18 rolls of looroll takes less plastic wrapping than 2 x 9 rolls of looroll.
5. Reduce plastic bin liners: Restrict your kitchen bin to dry waste and use newspaper to roll up wet waste and ‘smellies’. If possible deposit straight into your outside garbage bin.
6. Buy unbleached coffee filters (we buy ours at Pick n Pay Norwood, Johannesburg) …
7. …and then put them into your compost after use.
8. Swop teabags for loose tea: If you are a fan of black ceylon this may be a bit of a challenge! I finally found Joko tea (loose tea leaves) at Norwood Spar in Johannesburg. Packaged in cardboard with a plastic inner 😦 …pity. The tea ball is a nifty little thing, available at tea and coffee specialist shops. I have used it on occasion for holding ground and whole spices when making Chai, or for curries and similar dishes.
9. Peel less, use a scourer more: carrots, potatoes and other veggies are usually fine without peeling (unless they are looking considerably old and tired, in which case you be the judge). Keep a small metal scourer (Goldilocks) or a nail brush in your fridge’s veggie drawer or alongside your potatoes in their basket. Use this to give your veggies a scrub, rather than reaching for the peeler as your default position.
10. Easiest breadcrumbs! Dry breadcrumbs give a nice crunch and texture to foods. Sprinkle them over pasta, vegetable bakes, or use to thicken soups. You can also coat foods such as fish or patties with breadcrumbs before you saute them, for extra crispiness
- Cut or break your bread into cubes or small chunks. (If the bread is still soft, it will need a few hours to go stale…overnight if necessary)
- Place the stale pieces into a container and put them in the freezer.
- Once frozen, roll them up in a small clean cotton dish cloth.
- Use a rolling pin or the side of a bottle, or even beat with your fist, to crunch the frozen pieces into crumbs. This takes seconds!
- Use immediately or place into a glass jar and back into the freezer until needed.
So there you go…10 easy starters! And feel free to make suggestions to add to this list. Let me know…..