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Did you see this blog yet: http://www.thekitchn.com/is-there-a-plasticfree-electric-kettle-good-questions-183593 ? (she always has good stuff, also!)

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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How about just a regular stainless steel one that goes onto the stove? Mine is from a thrift store or yard sale (can't remember which) and it's got a built in whistle! (I ruined many without the whistle, but fortunately never burned down my kitchen.) It's Revere-Ware. Though it does have a plastic handle. A while back I looked for the best and found my dream kettle: Simplex, made of copper, wooden handle, and there's a version for gas stove and a different bottom for an electric stove - oh it's beautiful! but definitely out of my price range.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@sunshinedaydream I use a mason jar with a cloth napkin wrapped around it and held on with a couple of rubber bands in matching colors. It looks good, too, choosing appropriate napkins for the season or the occasion. The only problem is the lining on the metal lid, but it's one of my last holdouts also, like Beth.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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yes, I remember when I was there in Germany in 1989 and 90, that my friend did that. It is a good idea. I've done it here a few times, taking bananas out of the unnecessary bag....  and hearing you say it, I will do it every time from now on, for everything I can.

1 year, 7 months ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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I'm pretty sure that when they make cocoa powder, they remove the cocoa butter. Then when they make chocolate, they put it back in. I just went to Hershey Park and took the Hershey Chocolate Factory tour a few weeks ago. You can also see it on their website. No fat in the powder, just in the end result chocolate bars.

Although, when we were kids, my Mom sometimes made this sauce with a couple tablespoons of butter added, and let me tell you, that was GOOD!

1 year, 10 months ago on Homemade Chocolate Syrup: Delicious & Plastic-Free

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Hi Beth,

 

Your site is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for having it! 

 

I've been making my own for a long time, also (it even tastes better!) though  I think I use a bit less sugar than you, usually. You commented that this is not fudge sauce. For those who do want fudge sauce (not me) all you have to do to get it thick like fudge is to simmer it for a little longer, like 5 to 10 minutes instead of 3 or 4. I found out accidentally by cooking my chocolate sauce too long.

 

Also, my daughter liked Ovaltine, and was very disappointed when I stopped buying it because of the plastic container. I have finally found Barley Malt Syrup packaged in a glass jar to add to the chocolate sauce to come close to that flavor, in case anyone likes the Chocolate Malted taste. Do you know of any powder form of malt for this purpose? I'd like to find an alternative because of the plastic lining on the cap of the jar.

 

Another thing is the sugar issue. I want to use organic sugar but have yet to find it without plastic packaging. I can only find the non-organic in paper. Not seen it in bulk so far. So I'm thinking of switching to using honey or maple syrup. Or possibly has anyone here found organic sugar in paper?

1 year, 10 months ago on Homemade Chocolate Syrup: Delicious & Plastic-Free

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I was very disappointed with Tom's toothpaste, too, and called to complain. The customer service guy on the phone told me the same story about complaints about the aluminum tube getting holes and leaking. I never had that problem either, and remember when ALL toothpaste tubes were metal. Aargh. Anyway, I hope they switch back also. Meanwhile, almost all other tubes are plastic. Weleda makes toothpaste in the old aluminum tube. And they make deoderant in a glass container. Though with both, there is still a little plastic in the cover and pump, etc.

2 years, 3 months ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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