My bread maker turns one year old this week!
I know! You must all be thinking that it’s non-stop celebrating just now – what with me only having put the champagne away after my 100th post, just days ago 😉 What a crazy time!!
Anyway, I do think my bread maker deserves a post of its own. It was one of those pieces of kit that we debated over buying. I very much wanted one as I felt I needed more control over the ingredients that went into my bread (or rather, the bread that my children would eat – let’s face it, I’d not given a stuff about the rubbish that is in a supermarket loaf until my precious babies came along!) My other half agreed, but I knew we were both silently acknowledging that we’ve ebay-ed more almost-new stuff than we care to admit to, when the novelty has worn off.
Still, I really really thought we’d use it and – hooray! – for once I was right. That shiny new white appliance we brought home a year ago, now proudly sports smudges and grease from the number of loaves of bread it’s made (I estimate over 100).
It is a multi-talented monster of a machine, and, as well as making bread, it can also do marmalade, jam, cake mix and pizza dough. In my family, we all love the pizza it helps us to make. The other day, I wondered if it might help me to make a plastic-free pizza so that, if nothing else, we can have this delicious (and not entirely unhealthy) treat during Plastic Free July.
Once again however, I got close, but no cigar! I was beaten by some ‘plasticy’ materials in the packaging of some of the ingredients. Here’s what I used:
Butter (paper and foil packaging, but there’s plastic in there, discovered when I soaked it and ripped it apart)
Sugar (paper bag)
Salt (this can be bought in exclusively cardboard packaging from Lidles, I believe – thanks @polytheenpam !)
Strong white bread flour (paper bag)
Fast action yeast (dubious foil bag which I am convinced has plastic in it)
Olive oil (I still haven’t been to the deli to buy this plastic-free, but I have time!)
Onion, garlic, fresh tomatoes (all plastic-free from my veg-box)
Tomato puree (glass jar, but plastic lid)
Caster sugar (paper bag)
Lemon juice (from lemon, bought loose)
Black pepper (bought in glass spice jar, but with plastic lid)
Cheese (I have yet to search out somewhere I can buy this packaging free, but I haven’t asked around – please leave a comment if you know anywhere in or around Edinburgh!)
I reckon I could easily ditch the pepper for July and even leave out the tomato puree if I chucked in a few more tomatoes and drained the excess juice off – what do you think?
This would be the plastic waste that would result:
A 20th of the yeast packet, a tbsp worth of the butter & quarter of the cheese wrapper
You can see from the photo that I teamed my pizza with sweetcorn from a clearly plastic-lined tin, so that will have to go too during July too!
Hmmm, maybe it’d be better to just go to Pizza Hut and not ask any questions!! 😉