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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO A ZERO-WASTE KITCHEN

The Minimalist Vegan

Buy your dry goods in bulk
Having worked in a bulk store myself, I know the ins and outs of how a shop like this works. I also know how to make the best use of it and what can be bought in the ones that I’ve come across.

Most of us have some jars lying around in the pantry. If they’re not already in use, make sure to keep them. They’ll come in handy.

If you usually recycle your jars, please consider giving them a good wash and storing them in a spot in your kitchen that is out of the way but accessible.

I’ve clearly labelled my jars with what goes inside, and when the jar is empty, I wash them and put them in my shopping bag ready for my next trip to the store.

This will also eliminate impulsive buying because you’ll only buy what you have jars for. I typically take one extra one just in case I want a snack for the way home or am planning on going to the movies and want a treat. This jar is my miscellaneous jar that is on rotation for random things that are one-off.

This is also where minimalism plays a role in your kitchen — being intentional with the foods that you eat by only buying the ingredients that will go in your rotation of jars.

Get familiar with your local farmer’s markets
Ever since I was little, I’ve been going to weekly farmers markets. If I couldn’t buy it in the markets, I wouldn’t consider buying it at all.

Markets give you not only the option to buy produce free from packaging but the option also to buy seasonally. For example, if it’s the middle of winter, you won’t have the opportunity to buy fresh tomatoes and cucumber.

Farmers markets also allow you to build relationships with the farmers and ask them questions about how they grow what they sell. Over the years, I’ve built relationships with a handful of trusted farmers that are either organic or don’t spray their crop. They tend to have a smaller selection of produce, but that’s totally fine with me.

I would rather have a smaller selection of super fresh, chemical and package-free options than have an abundance in the supermarket that came from who knows where and has been treated with several different toxic sprays.

Also, trust me when I say that the markets are always cheaper! I’m continually comparing prices of produce across supermarkets, health food stores, and the farmer’s markets always come out on top.

Read the full and original article at The Minimalist Vegan

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