• Fermentation
  • You’ll Need Some Jars

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    If you’re contemplating going plastic-free or zero-waste in the kitchen, start hoarding jars of all sizes now. Keep them out of the recycling, search the backs of cupboards and your attic and hound your friends and coworkers for theirs. Before you know it, you will have amassed a pile of them. I rely on the […]

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  • Tomato Sauce from Scratch!


    Click here to go straight to the recipe. My coworkers know I don’t use plastic, and so they ask me lots of questions, such as: “How do you wash your hair?” (Baking soda followed by a cider vinegar rinse.) A recent midday email from my boss: “How do you take out the trash without a […]

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  • Quick and Easy Zero-Waste Irish Oatmeal

    Sugar, sugar everywhere, nor any food to eat

    Click here to go straight to the recipe I stopped eating cereal after visiting an organic farm in the Caribbean in 2011. We ate organic homemade granola for breakfast every morning, topped with freshly harvested coconut milk and tropical fruit. After that, I purged store-bought cereal from our diet. You can’t make out some of […]

  • Upcycled Food Waste
  • Three Years’ Worth of Produce Stickers

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    I try to buy most of our produce from the farmer’s market. But occasionally I miss a Sunday or I forget to buy something, so I end up at the grocery store. (I never forget my cloth produce bags though!) A few years ago, my older daughter MK started sticking those little annoying produce tags (never present […]

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  • How to Pit and Freeze Fresh Cherries

    2 Bowl of cherries

    My kids love smoothies. They makes them with yogurt, milk, bananas and frozen fruit. The other day, when I looked in the freezer, I found a plastic bag of frozen fruit from the grocery store. Ugh! I don’t have all that many rules here. But no plastic is one of them. So, no drugs in plastic baggies. […]

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  • How to Make Yogurt

    13 Greek yogurt

    Click here to go straight to the recipe. Making yogurt takes a bit more work than making buttermilk, but it’s still very simple. You need yogurt with live cultures to get started, but once you have yogurt, set some aside to make the next batch and continue the cycle perpetually (or at least for many months, even years). […]

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  • Stove-Top Popcorn

    Popped Popcorn

    Click here to go straight to the recipe. When I gave up plastic in 2011, I stopped eating processed food. That means no snack food unless I make it myself. So as my waste decreased, my diet improved. It’s a win-win! (And I haven’t been sick since 2011. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.) But I still […]

  • Zero-Waste Basics
  • Homemade Cloth Produce and Bulk Bags

    bulk grains and legumes

    If you would like two of these bags, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the post. I’ll mail two bags each to the first two people who ask for them (if you live in the U.S. or Canada). I’ve been diligent about using cloth shopping bags for literally decades now (I […]