What does a plastic-free kitchen look like? Here are some tips on how to avoid plastic in your kitchen:
- Use reusable shopping bags and produce bags.
- Buy things in glass containers instead of plastic ones when possible.
- If you want to find produce without plastic packaging, try shopping at your local farmer’s market. You can find a farmer’s market near you here. I go to the farmer’s market every Saturday/Sunday (depends if I’m in Guelph or the Bay Area). You can read my posts about it here.
- Try to avoid canned food. Food cans are lined with plastic containing bisphenol-A (BPA), a toxic chemical. Read more about that here. Tomato paste? Buy it in a glass jar. I get this brand.
- Soak and cook dried beans instead of buying canned. This one’s a money-saver too! For the amount of beans in a standard 15 oz can, soak and cook 1/2 cup of dried beans.
- Buy from bulk bins as much as possible and, if the store allows it, use reusable bags/containers for bulk items. You can buy herbs and tea in bulk in some stores as well. Whole Foods has lots of bulk items. Bulk Barn in Canada is great too, but they require that you use their single use plastic bags and containers. You can wash and reuse them though.
- Make your own granola instead of eating cereal, or find cereal in bulk. Also, read my other ideas for plastic-free breakfasts.
- Make things yourself. You’ll avoid lots of packaging. Some things I make from scratch include almond milk, whipped butter spread, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, burger buns, tortillas and veggie burgers.
- Make your own Nutella.
- Try to find a dairy near you that sells dairy products in returnable glass bottles. There are a few brands in the Bay Area that sell milk and yogurt in glass bottles. In Guelph I’ve seen milk, chocolate milk, yogurt and kefir in glass jars.
- Make your own snack foods. I’ve made my own crackers, granola bars, graham crackers, popcorn and goldfish.
- Buy whole wheels of cheese instead of buying it wrapped in plastic wrap or plastic lined paper.
- Make your own vegetable broth.
- A plastic-free vegetarian burger bar? Oh yes. Its possible. You can also do a plastic-free Mexican burrito/taco bar.
- Use cloth bags and glass containers instead of plastic freezer bags. I save glass jars from stuff like pickles and use them for food storage. You can freeze baked goods in cloth bags and they won’t get freezer burn.