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Kitchen Reusables

A few weeks ago I introduced you to three reusable kitchen items and promised to review each one to help you understand the way these products work. I have been trying them out ever since and am pretty impressed with the results. Each of these products is mainly used to store food and acts as a healthy alternative to plastic, so if you are looking to reduce plastic in your household you may want to read on …

Stasher Bag

So far I have the Aqua stasher bag (7.5” x 7.5” / 15 fl. ounces) but I am definitely planning to add more of these babies to my collection. The Stashers are also available in 2 more sizes and come in a variety of colours. They are endlessly reusable and made of 100% pure platinum silicone (which makes them non-toxic, i.e. safer, by not leaching any toxic chemicals into your food as plastic would). These eco-friendly bags also have an easy pinch press seal and are made to tolerate both the heat and the cold.

How can I use my Stasher you may be wondering? Here are some of the ways I have used mine so far …

  • Smoothie prep: cut up your fruit and veg of choice and freeze until ready to use.
  • Pack a variety of snacks for school / work / after school activities / boat trips / picnics etc.
  • Marinate vegetables, meat or fish in the fridge.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge.
  • Steam vegetables (Chop up your veg and place in the bag. Press out any air bubbles and seal. Carefully place the bag in a pot of boiling water and cook for about 15 minutes, give or take)
  • Bake fish in the oven. (no need for foil, hurray!)
  • Freeze individual meals.
  • Store home-made granola in your pantry.

You can clean your Stasher bag in the top rack of your dishwasher but I prefer to clean mine by hand using warm water and dish soap. Leave it to air dry by placing it over a mug or jar.

Bee’s Wrap

I have the variety pack, which serves me well, it includes 2 small (7” x 8”), 2 medium (10” x 11″), 2 large (13” x 14”) and 1 bread wrap (17” x 23”). Used a few times a week these wraps will last for about a year. They are made from simple, natural ingredients such as certified organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin.

The wraps are very simple to use, the warmth of your hands is enough to wrap the Bee’s Wrap around a piece of food or over a bowl, the wrap will then cool and form a seal. You can re-use the wraps by washing them in cool water with a mild dish soap, then simply air-dry, fold and store.

Small sizes are good for; Wrapping half a lemon, onion or avocado. Storing small blocks of cheese, covering a jar or a pitcher of water.

Medium sizes are good for; Covering a bowl of leftovers, wrapping up a sandwich, storing fresh herbs or even half of a small cabbage.

Large sizes are good for; Covering a dish of leftovers, half a butternut squash or half a melon.

The Bread wrap can be used for; Keeping a large loaf of bread fresh, covering a very big bowl or even as a mat for rolling out dough.

I’m so happy to have found these and have not bought a roll of cling film since!

Vejibag

I have the long bag which is 11” x 17”.  I believe the bag comes in another 2 sizes as well (standard and extra large) but so far the long bag is proving to be enough for me.

The Vejibag is made of 100% organic cotton and really lives up to what it claims to do. I started by testing the bag on Kale, which is the one leafy green I never manage to finish before it turns yellow! I was amazed when my kale remained fresh, green and crisp when I brought it out several days later.

The concept behind these bags is that moisture-loving vegetables thrive in a humid environment, you’re meant to wash your veg and store it in a slightly damp Vejibag in the fridge which is great because when you come to use the veg you know that it’s clean and ready to go! It’s important to store the Vejibag on a shelf in the fridge and not in the crisper drawer. The moisture will slowly evaporate from the surface of the bag allowing both the bag and the vegetables to “breathe”.

The bag can be washed after about 2 uses in the washing machine at low temperature or by hand. It’s best not to tumble dry as the bag will shrink.

This year I am trying to make conscious decisions in what I consume by reducing first, reusing wherever possible and recycling when necessary. I guess these products have been a step in the right direction. Join me?

You can get your hands on any of the above items locally via AMC Malta.

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