Waste Wednesday & Corn Chips?

Pyrex saves waste!
Pyrex saves waste!

This Friday was my day off, so I borrowed the BF’s car, and headed to the outlet for Pyrex.  For change from $80, I got the haul above, which I’m impressed with.  These things last well – not one has cracked or chipped in all the back and forth to work, and in and out of cupboards etc.

Now I have enough pyrex for lunch leftovers (I bought 9 when I first moved into the loft, for lunches). Now I have another 10 (!!) so that I can have one with bacon at almost all times, one with pepperoni, a few with a meal’s serve of meat, like chicken breasts. It’s a learning curve for deli staff in Harris Farm and Coles, but I’m patient, and mostly it works… Til I give them a flat rectangular pyrex for a large cube of feta – live and learn!

So, this week wasn’t as good as past weeks – there were three meat trays. We can’t pass up $3 for 500g of beef mince, especially when making lasagne for 8!

Still a modest weigh in, despite three meat trays
Still a modest weigh in, despite three meat trays

I should also show you the weight of the plastics that I take back to Coles, who offer a recycling program that supposedly turns certain plastics into playground furniture:

Back to Coles, for them to recycle.
Back to Coles, for them to recycle.

Mmmm cornchip packets…

Garlic bread wrappers, museli bar wrappers, pasta packets etc
Garlic bread wrappers, museli bar wrappers, pasta packets etc

Reader/commenter challenge: Is there a zero waste way to corn chips? I’ve never seen them in bulk, but I’ve not looked that far and wide. What would it take to make a cornchip?

16 Replies to “Waste Wednesday & Corn Chips?”

    1. I should look at how much they cost vs Tupperware or generic plastic containers. I\’m sure it\’s cheaper to use the plastic bags they provide free, but that\’s not an option for me!

  1. You're doing great! Have you tried googling cornchips for a recipe? I would think frying a corn tortilla might be close . .

    We made the switch to glass containers very slowly because one glass container costs about 3-4x as much as a multi-pack of plastic containers. And now that all the plastic has been eliminated, we've had a shortage of containers, so I think I'll be buying more. Pyrex, Anchor Hocking, and Corelle are my favorites brands for leftovers, and I use jars from food we've eaten for pantry storage.

    1. I haven't googled, but I shall. Interestingly, either we don't get corn tortillas here, or if we do, I've rejected them as they have flour (ie gluten) which I'm trying to avoid. I will look into making corn tortillas though!

      Pyrex are the same company as Corelle – at least they are all in the one outlet I went to. We don't have Anchor Hocking here though. I'm surprised that by going to the outlet, I'm sure the price is on par with supermarket plastic containers (for reuse), though I'll have to check when I do the groceries. In any case, I'm far happier with the way the Pyrex has lasted over 18 months of tomato-y pasta etc – no staining like with plastic.

  2. I love pyrex! So, do you bring them right up to the meat/deli counter and ask them to fill it? I must try this.
    Here in the US we have corn chips that come in a brown paper bag. I think it could be composted. Not sure if you have that option in Australia..

    1. I do just say 'can I have x in this container please?'. I also then say 'I'm really trying to avoid plastic' so that they don't line the scales with it, then place it in my dish. Some people are better than others, some always question if it's ok. I think within a few months, all the staff in the two delis will know me, and it'll stop being a question!!

      Hmm brown paper bag corn chips? We have mission brand which are in brown paper, I'll need to investigate more. They might have a plastic window, but even that is less plastic, right?

  3. I have loads of containers like this too (16 of them) which I use for leftovers, freezing and heating. So far I haven't taken them into any stores or bulk stores for buying things, but I would like to test them out to see if the stores will sell me grains in my own containers. You'll have to tell me if the lids last well on the Pyrex containers. I had some Anchor brand ones which were supposed to be good for either microwave or freezer, but they definitely weren't!

    1. I feel better now with my 19! The lids have done pretty well – I like to leave them loosely on when I microwave, and the circular lids sometimes have been suctioned onto the hot food, and not really restored their shape perfectly, but they still seal the bowl, so it's not a problem. I haven't frozen in them that much, but what I have done hasn't caused any lasting damage. The thing I love about the circular ones are they are exactly 500g without a lid, which is simple for deli staff (or you… should you fill with grains)

  4. Great job on cutting down the waste! I am finding that I would like to invest in some Pyrex products. My mom had ordered very, very cheap plastic containers and gifted them to me, but they bend so easily I don't have a lot of faith in their ability to store and carry things. Pyrex would make things easier, especially when it comes to re-heating leftovers. Maybe I will ask for some for Christmas!

    1. There's spill free pyrex too – which cost more, but I've not tried them so I can't attest. I don't throw my containers in a backpack, so I'm less worried. Cheap plastic can be toxic, but also pretty shabby, as it sounds like, has been your experience.

  5. I started replacing all of my plastic ware with glass ware a little while ago too. I feel so much better storing my food in them, but the cost does add up if you try to do it all at once :s I've been getting mine from a brand called Anchor. They've been good for everything but taking milk to work.

    1. I take the whole carton of milk to work with me! But I do agree, it is pricey buying the glass stuff, but the first time was part of my 'house set up' when I was spending like mad, and the more recent purchase was balanced when I looked at the budget… I think in some ways it's still comparable to buying lots of top of the line plastic containers, like tupperware.

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