Friday I visited the commune Woluwe Saint Lambert (at Tomberg metro station) with a clear and stressing issue: searching the toilet, and discovered something lovely: boxes to collect and recycling:
If you want to bring things there, the boxes are in the basement, close to the toilets :).
Bee wax wrap is a square of fabric treated with wax, used to cover the cheeze/bread/sandwich/dishes as any aluminum paper. Just is reusable and bio-degradable.
The prices are quite big, but we can do it at home in 5-10 minutes.
I done first following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eybWIBCY000
Add a fabric in the oven, add bee wax everywhere on the fabric, and keep 5 minutes in the oven at 90degrees.
To clean: wash with water, manually. Don’t add in the washing machine, will destroy all the clothes and the machine too.
Recommended to contact with bread/vegetables/cheese, but not with fresh meat/fish (risk of contamination).
First idea to buy bulk is to go to local markets, but there are a lot of shops that accept to buy in your bags. I made a list with places where I buy in my bags or my friends.
LOCAL MARKETS, BRUSSELS
Saturday at Stockel or Place Saint Lambert (morning)
Wednesday afternoon at Gribaumont, Square de Meudon (morning)
Tuesday after noon in place Luxembrug (expensive)
Sunday at marché de la gare du midi (morning)
Friday, Suterday and Sunday at metro Clemenceau (I think is the cheapest, but I found only 3 producers) (morning)
Sunday in Watermal Boisfort
Sunday morning at Place Jourdan
Wednesday – Place du Châtelain – never visited. On the list
Tuesday in the morning in place Dailly.
Paper towels may be convenient, but washable cloths are better for the environment and for my budget.
Paper towels are a household used a lot in the world because of the convenience. But is made from wood, packed in plastic – so I choose to switch (almost 100%) to an reusable alternative: the washable cloths
For example in bathrooms we use the towel after washing the hands. When I am away I have a handkerchief or other small cloth in my purse to use this to dry your hands when I am out.
In the kitchen to clean / dry, I use dishcloths but an apron is helpful too, to dry the hands. The key is accessibility. A kitchen towel suspended in a visible place is a solution. For dry clean (oil or vomit) I use a dump cloth (old cloths destroyed, ready to trow)
At the table I use the napkins – colored and versatile, even my husband is used now with.
During traveling I carry a cloth napkin or a handkerchief for quick hand wipes or eating. If I need something wet: a water bottle can be used to wet the cloth.
This may seem like a significant shift from your current routine, but once you get started, you’ll see it’s easier than it sounds.
napkins for a zero waste (or almost) dinner
dishcloth alternative in cotton
Saved money? Yes. I made my first kitchen towels more than a year ago. For 2 euro one: paper, I have around 10, washed weekly, and reused. I have around 10 napkins. So you see, the kitchen went zero paper towel for 40 euro, money spend in the past every 3 months. And I didn’t calculate the time spend for going to buy, and the trash costs (in Belgium this is not cheap…).
If pallets aren’t your thing, a wine crate container garden will do enough. I took for free from a local store several French wine boxes. Who likes the wine can use as an excuse to purchase several boxes of wine.
The wine crate is perfect: recyclable, free, no need any holes in the bottom to allow for drainage because are cheap done, but I add a plastic at the bottom because is loosing water too fast and some soil too.
I am using same boxes for several years, after 3-4 years it looks dark and I have another new one 🙂
I reuse the wine crate wood containers for my balcony and plant lovely flowers and salads
We eat bread, 1-2 breads weekly. The price for a good bread in Brussels is around 2 euro each, so more than 100 euro every year (without to calculate time to go and buy).
So, on my way to reduce the garbage and the money spend and to increase the quality of our health, I added the bread homemade. I tried several recipes, and this is
faaar way the simplest (not the tastiest but we want healthy and fast, so common) .
Ingredients for a bread on slow cooker:
1 cup of water
2,5 cups of wheat flour (simple one, not self-raise, I buy from a local farm as all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon of yeast (fresh one is ok, but the dry one is ok too)
1 teaspoon of salt
several spoons of wheat bran (3-4 spoons I use, more are going to have a too dark color and to be refused by my family 😀 )
Everything at the kitchen temperature.
In a recipient I mixed well the water, salt and yeast, with a spoon, until is dissolved (20-30seconds). Add the flour and the wheat bran and mix with the spoon for 2-3 minutes, until everything seems to be well mixed.
If is still a little liquid (the dough should stay well fixed on the recipient and difficult to mix with the spoon) , add 4-5 spoons of flour and mix 1-2 minutes more.
Put in a warm place for minimum 30 minutes but maximum 1 hour, covered.
After an hour set the slowcooker to HIGH temperature for 2hours, and line the slowcooker with cooking (parchment) paper inside (mandatory, over wise I cannot got out the bread outside :D, the paper should cover the walls too ) and add inside the dough and bring the paper from the walls closer to the bread.
Put the lead and wait for 2 hours- the bread is cooking slowly, grow as the yeast activate, expand and cover all the back of the slowcooker, brown on the back but not on the top.
-I replaced 2 spoons of water with 2 spoons of oil
-add dry herbs
-is not crisped up the crust, and the color is pale.
-is not high
-is not easy to cut
but is so tasty and easy to do (no knead, no hands dirty, no table to wash, no flour everywhere, just put water in the recipient until next day) and best fresh bread sugar free can find with 5 minutes effort. Think I just need more minutes to dress up to go to buy a bread 😀 😀 😀