There is one item no household lacks: bread, and the thing is, it’s covered in layers of plastic in almost every supermarket. Not only is plastic a major contributor to pollution and waste, but it’s also not very good for the bread itself. In this article, I will share some tips and tricks that I have learned for buying, storing, and freezing bread without using plastic. Whether you’re someone who’s just starting to make changes to reduce your plastic usage or you’re a seasoned pro, I hope that you will find this information helpful and informative.
How to buy bread without plastic – 3 ideas
When it comes to buying bread without plastic, there are a few options to choose from. For example, many small, independent bakeries will be happy to put your bread in a paper or cloth bag, which can then be reused or recycled. Additionally, some bakeries may have bulk bins where you can purchase bread without any packaging at all.
Another option is to choose bread from bulk bins instead of pre-packaged options. Many grocery stores now offer bulk sections where you can purchase everything from flour to nuts to bread. By bringing your own reusable container or cloth bag, you can buy bread without any packaging at all.
Lastly, making homemade bread is a great way to avoid packaging altogether. Not only will you be able to control the ingredients and ensure that it’s free from preservatives, but you’ll also be able to skip the packaging altogether.
The long-term value of reusable bread bags
I have found that using reusable bread bags is an effective and eco-friendly way to store bread.
They are pretty easy to use; I simply place my bread inside the bag and then close it using the drawstring or zipper. Then it can be stored in a cool, dry place, such as on a countertop or in a pantry. The breathable material of the bag keeps the bread fresh and the closed design protects it from crumbs and other debris.
My bag was purchased online from a local zero-waste store, but you can find different designs, colors, and sizes online. The best part is that they can be washed and reused multiple times, making them an eco-friendly alternative.
How to freeze bread and avoid food waste
Freezing bread without plastic is a great way to extend the shelf life of bread and reduce plastic waste. Here are a few ways to freeze bread without using plastic:
- Wrap bread in wax paper or parchment paper: Before freezing, wrap the bread tightly in wax paper or parchment paper. This will protect the bread from freezer burn and keep it fresh for longer.
- Use a reusable silicone bag or container: Invest in a reusable silicone bag or container that is specifically designed for freezing food. These bags and containers are durable, easy to clean and can be used multiple times. Simply place the bread in the bag or container and seal it tight.
- Avoid plastic bags or plastic wrap: When freezing bread, avoid using plastic bags or plastic wrap. These materials do not allow the bread to breathe and can cause freezer burn. Instead, use the methods mentioned above or use a container or a cloth bag that is specifically designed for freezing food.
My personal tip: slice the bread before freezing to make it easier to thaw, and then keep the rest frozen.
To conclude, reducing plastic usage in our daily lives is an important step towards a more sustainable future. By buying, storing, and freezing bread without plastic, we can make a big impact on the environment.
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