Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.I try, I am trying, I am very trying about food. Keep it simple, make it yourself, it's not that hard and not that time-consuming and the number of ingredients falls off a cliff.
Eat hamburgers: one ingredient (ground beef).
Eat Impossible Burgers: 21 ingredients [having a Shame! swipe earlier in the week]
To Be Frank [as a change from being Bob], I rarely eat hambugger and more or less never buy the stuff. For a while earlier this year, my meat fix was ground pork, which was very pink, 400g would go a long way: a burger, a couple of pasties, spag bog. In fact 400g would see me[at] through the week for €2. When we want proper meat we go to Mr Dunne the Butcher in Btown. He can actually butcher a hawg, rather than just selling stuff butchered by Letts in a factory far, far away. And he has sourced a number of local, organic, free-range producers.
good as in Carolina BBQ good. Keeping it simple meant that we could feed 40 people (see L [source] with seconds . . . and ahem, thirds but who's counting) for €30 [= €5/kg] and still be eating left-overs the following week. Those left-overs were aliquotted into plastic snap-lid Chinese take-away containers, of which we have a regular supply because some of our cash-rich time-poor rellies do that sort of thing. Although those take-away containers are designed for one-time use - just robust enough so they don't collapse if stacked 6 deep in a carrier bag - their life-time use can be extended indefinitely and used instead of Tupperware (or similar) for which you have to pay ca$h-mon€y.
As well as eating through left-overs when I'm alone in the house - which is about 50% of the time given the elder care and other rotations - I also make all the bread, buns, scones, pasties, pastries and cookies. But far the handiest way to pause this bakery [rest those croissants in the fridge for 30 minutes between roll-and-folds etc.] is plastic bags. But do I buy plastic bags? No sirree, I do not: there is a goodly supply coming through the kitchen from other products. Some are more use than others and some are so flimsy that one-time use is all that is possible. Rocket leaves, baby spinach, mixed salad leaves - those bags go straight to landfill - for shame. Bags for cheese, shop-bought bread, granola are much more robust and get several uses in my kitchen because we're not above washing them out.
Whoa?! is that a good idea . . . for the planet? Does it cost more carbon to use hot water and dish-soap than it does to make a new plastic bag in a factory in China? You can obsess about the economics but we live too remote for trash collection so are more careful than most about separating and re-using our discards and even one reuse is better than no reuse. The average lifetime use for a plastic bag is 12 minutes; which is the same as the average lifetime use for an electric drill. NPR had an interesting essay on the unintended consequences of plastic bag levies.
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