About Me

My name is Mary Katherine. I was raised in California but I live in Canada now. Right now I’m working on a postgraduate diploma in sustainable waste management at Fleming College. I have a BA in environmental governance from the University of Guelph.

The point of this blog is to cook with ingredients that don’t have packaging, but some posts are about other things that seem relevant. I aim for a zero waste kitchen but do not achieve it fully due to budget and time constraints. When I started this blog I lived at home and my dad paid for groceries, so it was easy to be a perfect zero waster.

I started this blog in 2011 when I was 16. I have always loved food, and have been cooking since I was so young that I had to stand on a chair to reach the counter. When I tried to reduce my plastic footprint at home I noticed that the kitchen was a particularly difficult place to reduce plastic waste. So I started this blog to share recipes that can be made without plastic-packaged ingredients.

If you’re in the industry, I’m not a chef. I worked in some kitchens a few years after I started this blog, but when I originally created it in high school I was a hobby cook. Now I have about four years of professional experience in kitchens, mostly baking.

Back when I started this blog there wasn’t a lot of awareness about plastic among the general public so its inspiring to see that more people are finally starting to talk about it.

A word about old posts on this blog: You’ll see posts on here from 2011/2012 that use some packaged ingredients or unsustainable ingredients. This is because I was still in the process of transitioning away from those kinds of foods, or because I didn’t know at the time that they were unsustainable.

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12 thoughts on “About Me

  1. First of all, I just want to say I LOVE your website. It’s been such a savior to me in my goals to limit plastic and I just love that everything is minimal ingredients and so practical and healthy! Thank you, thank you, thank you and PLEASE keep it up! I was wondering if you could tell me what you do about cottage cheese and sour cream. There is a recipe that I love to make that has both of those ingredients and I was hoping Straus would have it in glass but they only sell that in plastic. Any suggestions? Thank you again!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like my site. I’m actually planning on making cottage cheese this weekend. I also just made creme fraiche, which is similar to sour cream. It has a milder flavor than sour cream, but I suppose if you made it and let it sour longer the flavor would develop more.

  2. Just found your blog and am so thankful to find a list of recipes that don’t use plastic instead of trying to adapt others. Then, I see that you are so young and I am even more inspired by this site!

  3. Hi, I found your website via Beth Terry’s My Plastic-Free Life. I’m glad to read about someone who makes a ton of food from scratch like I do; homecooked meals simply cannot compare with bought foods. Not to mention, we’re lauching a revolution in our kitchens! Thanks for your blog and strong convictions. As for making ice cream without an ice cream machine, you simply make your mixture (here’s the basic recipe I use: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/02/vanilla-ice-cream/), then put it in the freezer and mix by hand vigorously every hour or so. The last step is essential for creamy ice cream. You’ll never buy ice cream again.

  4. Wow! You started this blog when you were 17 ? I cant wait to see the impact you make on the world if you are already this passionate about something important at a young age.

    Keep up the great work, I am rooting you on (and enjoying your recipes!)

  5. I was looking for people to share my video with when I came across your site. How cool! Food without plastic is hard. We just moved to Mexico and I’m pleased to say I found bulk food in my town!

    About my video for the curious:
    I spent the past two years making art from my plastic trash. I started after I saw how much plastic rubbish was on the beaches of Malaysia. I thought you might lije to see this short documentary about my journey that I made.

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