I guess my kitchen witchery is showing. I have, yet again, found a way to make my own version of a common household item, thereby reducing my waste.
I know, it’s not all THAT big a deal, but I won’t be throwing any little packets in the trash anymore (we use taco seasoning ALL the time) OR ingesting this common source of MSG. I made a double batch, put a little more garlic powder and a little less cayenne (my kids are weenies, E still complained about it being too spicy), dumped it all in a jar I had saved from some artichoke hearts (I KNEW that would come in handy!), and used 2 tb of the mixture in ~1 lb of ground beef for them. I used 1 tb of the mix with my Morningstar Farm grilled “chik-n” strips. To both pans I added a slurry of 1tsp corn starch and 1/4-1/3c water. This is to get that thick sauce texture that the packets deliver. This is the first time A has liked the DIY version BETTER than the packaged version. SCORE!
Of course, you may be thinking “How is she reducing waste if she has to buy more containers of spices more often???”
Easy! 1) plastic and glass containers in which spices typically are packaged are recyclable, those packets typically are not. 2) spices are available in bulk at some stores, I can (and do when possible) buy little baggies to refill my existing bottles.
I think I’ve become a little obsessed about reducing my landfill waste. Last week, we only filled 1 regular trash bag plus 1 grocery store bag (still not remembering to bring my reusable ones with me …) between Monday and Thursday. That’s for a family of FIVE. I’m pretty impressed! If only I had the wherewithal to recycle our paper and compost our table scraps, we might get down to 1 bag every full week … yeah, uhh, maybe next year.