I thought I’d share something I’m sure I’ve mentioned, but I’ve never actually photographed and documented. How to eliminate waste when buying meat. First, start with a butcher. These are (surprisingly) common in the two suburbs I’ve lived in recently, and even in my parents local shops! Maybe your supermarket has a butcher in house, that can work too.
I’ve chosen to *reuse* my waste from other products in order to package my meat to bring it home. It’s quite simply a ice cream container. It’s a large mouthed container with a lid, making it easy to put in mince, a steak or two or a smallish roast.
Given that I shopped before each meal at the loft, this worked well. I’m yet to fully adapt it to a weekly two-person shop. However, on the weekend, I took the ice cream container into Harris Farm green grocer (an Australian chain) to get some $6.99 per kg chicken breasts (an unbelievably good price in itself too). I said to the deli counter man ‘can I have as much chicken breast as you can fit in this conatiner, please?’. He didn’t even bat an eyelid. As he filled it up, I was excited to see there was salami, prosciutto and other deli meats – all unpackaged! I was that nerd being visibly excited and pleased to have discovered this!
In another interesting twist, my solicitor sent me an unsolicited gift, thanking me for my previous business, and reminding me I can recommend him. I’m convinced he might be a reader (at least of this post), look what he sent me:
Do I need more keep cups? Well probably not, but then again, I keep being without one when I crave a coffee. Or there’s some in the dishwasher waiting to be run, so in reality, I think they’ll get some good use!
And now to the dirty, business end. How did this week’s weigh in go? (rest assured, there’s single use meat trays in there still…)
That’s two weeks weight, that 406g, meaning, this week’s weight is 406g-248g = 158g!
Better than last week – no way! I think it helps to keep the same bin bag/liner and stuff in there, and the two of us think ‘wow that’s heaps of waste’ – and forgetting it’s really two week’s worth! A short list of culprits to the waste
- meat trays – bacon and mince I think
- Philadelphia cream cheese wrappers (from a delicious cheesecake) <- perhaps this are recyclable foil?
- other cheese wrappers – haloumi and fetta cheese namely
- paper towels soaked in soy sauce. Now that was a funny accident – the BF spilt it all over the (thankfully navy) sofa… He also ended up soaking the back bottom hem of his shirt, which looked ‘interesting’ – had me laughing hard which is a positive, as lately I’ve been tired, and when I’m tired, my reaction isn’t usually laughter!
Any soy sauce soaked bottoms out there? Have you attempted a zero waste meat purchase? Was it scary or did it go ok?