Monday, 12 September 2016

The Waste-Free Baking Cupboard: Brown Sugar

These days, I still have a few challenges sourcing certain items in bulk. In some cases the store where they are sold does not accept outside containers or do not tare them, or the stores that do accept outside containers do not carry the items. Brown sugar is one of those items. You could certainly buy it from Superstore, but you would wind up paying the weight of your container as well. Bulk Barn is another option, but they have a policy against bringing your own container.

I have read a few times on various websites that people make their own brown sugar using just plain sugar and molasses, and I thought I would give it a try. Of course, this would be a better bulk recipe if I had a source for bulk molasses, but a few years ago Fair Trade molasses was on sale somewhere, so I have had a surplus of it ever since. I do think you can buy molasses in bulk at Bulk Barn and their container would be recyclable, but I have not been there in a long time, so I cannot confirm.

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.