The first locally grown asparagus. Early this year just like the may blossom and the bluebells.
Very expensive too, but a treat not to be missed. When it is local and in season I buy as much as I can and if I had been offered the very first cut of Worcestershire asparagus as a wedding present I would certainly not have turned it down - see here. Honestly, some people!
The first local purple sprouting I've seen this year too.
I bought these vegetables from a deli where they have only very recently stopped adding up your bill on the paper bags they put your purchases in. They have a new-fangled till now but they still use paper bags and I am quite happy with that because I can fold them up and save them for use in lunchboxes, and after that they can easily be recycled or composted.
Above are my cheese and ham purchases from the same deli. Wow! I hear you cry, but wait, they are more interesting than you might think. The picture shows them exactly as I bought them. Naked.
I took along two plastic tubs and asked the chap who served me if it would be alright for my cheese and ham to be put straight into my tubs without any other packaging. 'Of course' he said.
If I had thought to bring another tub I would have gone to the butcher next door and asked for bacon the same way. You can buy plastic boxes large enough to hold a chicken so any meat could be bought this way from a butcher.
It's got to go.
You don't have to bring all that plastic packaging home and I for one am going to make it my mission to reduce the amount plastic I use when I'm shopping. I'm also aiming to stop using clingfilm and plastic bags in my kitchen.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, in that order.
Don't just concentrate on recycling, reduce first by refusing to accept plastic bags and packaging as much as possible, it isn't always easy. Take milk for example. I looked into having a milkman deliver my milk in proper glass bottles from Milk &More but my 18 pints a week would have cost me over £11 and I pay £5.86 at Waitrose. It isn't easy being green.
An easier decision was to order some of these reusable sandwich wraps for my family to use in their lunchboxes. You can make these and patterns are available on the internet but frankly I'm too darned lazy. I also ordered some of their bags which will fit into my handbag meaning I won't be caught without a reusable bag again.
As I mentioned on my bread making post I use plastic bags for freezing my loaves. I am not sure whether there is an alternative to plastic bags in the freezer. Would cloth bags work? My bread doesn't spend more than 3-4 days in the freezer. Big plastic tubs would work but then I'd have a space problem.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried freezing food without plastic bags. I'm not keen on using foil as an alternative.
Ideally I'd like to stop using the plastic tubs too, one can buy lidded glass containers and stainless steel ones are available from the US. I don't want to throw all plastic out though at least not until it breaks.
For excellent advice on how to reduce your waste visit the inspirational My Zero Waste.
This post I found particularly useful