The Plastic Free Pantry
In our ideal world pantry anything that comes near our food would be plastic free!
Unfortunately in our fantastic plastic world this is nearly impossible but we still strive to be a low plastic as possible.
Our favourite food storage material would have to be glass (recycled of course). A bit of a hobby of our is checking out second shops, clearance sales and the wonderful dump shop for things that we can reuse around the house and yard. Old glass jar usually feature quiet strongly in these places. Also when we food shop we look for glass containers that we can reuse for jams and preserves or storage. Any food we have to buy in plastic containers we swap them over to glass as soon as possible. One of our favourite jars are the clip seal or lever arch jars. These can be bought cheaply second hand or bought new. Usually the older ones the rings have perished or are missing but these can easily be replaced. The rings don’t come into contact with the food so we are happy with this option.
Our preserving cupboard is full of jars just waiting to be filled with delicious jams, chutneys and preserves and topped off with a new safe lids. We always use new lids on our recycled jars as we find the preserves last longer and we have less failures. It’s very sad this year that the drought robbed us of most of our fruit so we won’t be doing much preserving, Luckily we still have some tomato base, corn relish, jam and tomato sauce left over from last year.
So take a look at your pantry and see what you can do to reduce your reliance on plastic to store your food. Those old plastic containers can re rehoused in the shed so they don’t come into contact with your food but still stay out of landfill!