Sunday, 10 July 2016

When Life Gives You Sad Bread

I have been trying to use our slow cooker more recently. We have had one around for a while now but I have a hard time finding anything to use it for. It seems to me the only benefit to it is that you can leave it running when you are asleep or not home, but we are just not the sort of people who are organized enough to set something up to cook before we go to work. We try to do the bulk of our cooking on the weekend and then eat quick leftovers all week.

I did see a number of recipes for slow cooker bread though, that I thought seemed like a good idea. However, rather than follow a proper recipe, I thought I would see what would happen if I used my regular bread recipe on the warm setting, overnight.

As you can see, it created a flat disc of bread.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Waste-Free Baking Cupboard: Flour and Sugar

In my last post, I mentioned that I had finally picked up a couple of types of chocolate for baking projects. These were items I was frequently buying in small, plastic-wrapped quantities, so it was great to finally have a supply of them tucked away.

I thought I would continue the theme with a series on how to build a waste-free baking cupboard. Today's topic is just the basics: flour and granulated sugar.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Waste-Free Baking Cupboard: Chocolate

Sometimes I am at a bit of a loss for topics to talk about on this blog. We buy a lot of the same groceries on a regular basis, from a lot of the same stores, so I am not often making new, waste-free discoveries. Unfortunately, the bulk selection at our go-to stores (Community Natural Foods and Calgary Co-op) doesn't change very often. But sometimes we make a trip beyond the 5km around our house, and that's when I find new things.

On our last trip to Superstore, I had one thing on my mind: chocolate. Normally when we bake with chocolate, we are doing it with limited planning. For the most part, we end up buying little bags of chocolate chips from the convenience store in our neighborhood. I have tried buying bigger bags in advance and keeping them in the cupboard, but I have the habit of eating them bit by bit, until there's none left when it's time to bake.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Why I'm Excited about the Green Cart Program

Recently the news around town has been about the City of Calgary's Green Cart program. It is set to start rolling out in the spring of 2017. You might think this wouldn't be exciting news to us since we have three composters already, but there are going to be some real benefits to the new program.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The New Addition to my Purse: Cutlery

Being prepared, or planning ahead, is definitely one of the keys to avoiding waste. Whether it's by remembering your reusable shopping bags, bringing your own containers to the store, or bringing your package-free toiletries when you travel, remembering your zero waste alternatives is sometimes the only way to avoid disposables (unless you're prepared to carry your groceries out of the store in your arms).