Temporary part-time operations assistant

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20 hours per week until Friday 21st December inclusive

Hours of work: Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm

Location: Daybrook, Nottinghamshire

Immediate start

£8.75ph

Duties

  • Food handling and packing
  • Customer order fulfilment
  • Maintaining clean workspace

Plastic Free Pantry is an online shop offering food and household items in plastic-free packaging.

We’re looking for somebody to join our small team on a temporary basis to help us in the run up to Christmas.

Food handling experience preferred is but full training is provided.

To apply please fill in the form below. If you have any questions please contact Kimberley Tew on kim@plasticfreepantry.co.uk

Closing date: Friday 28th September

World clean-up day, 15th September

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Saturday 15th September is World Clean-up day, a day where we’re all encouraged to clean up our little patch of the planet.

To mark  this day, our #pfp10for10 will become #pfp20for20 for the day. You’ll get double the discount of your next order in exchange for picking up twice as much litter. Pick your 20 pieces of litter on 15th September, share it on social media with #pfp20for20 and mention our social media profile and we’ll send you a 20% off code.

We’re on Facebook and Instagram as @plasticfreepantryuk and Twitter as @plastfreepantry

You can do it on your street, in a local park, your favourite beach…anywhere.

There’s nothing quite like picking up litter to open up your eyes to just how much litter there is in the world, but also to give you a sense of accomplishment as you can see the difference immediately from just a little bit of litter-picking.

 

A quick & easy guide to making your own bread

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Making your own bread is really easy and can cut lots of plastic wrappers out of your life if you normally buy it from a supermarket.

When you’re used to popping to the shop to buy bread, making your own can seem like a far too time consuming task, but when you consider the time it actually takes to get ready, go to the shop, get what you need and get back again, you could probably have made a loaf and saved the stress of shopping!

Here’s what you need for a basic loaf (based on the BBC Good Food basic loaf recipe with some minor adjustments) :

  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300ml warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  • Mix together the dry ingredients then add in the wet ingredients. Mix until they’re combined and the dough is roughly together.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently for around 10 minutes
  • Transfer back to the bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Leave to rise for 1 hour or to have fresh bread in the morning, place in the fridge over night
  • Give the dough a quick, gentle knead to reduce the air and then shape in to a rough ball
  • Cover a baking tray with flour then place the dough on the tray. Leave for an hour to double in size again
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°/gas mark 7
  • Lightly dust the dough with flour and score an x in to the top with a sharp knife
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes until it sounds hollow when you tap it on the bottom
  • Leave to cool before eating

The BBC recipe recommends using baking paper to line the tray but we always use flour when making our own bread which prevents the dough from sticking to the tray while reducing the waste.

You could also break up the dough and make smaller rolls. You’ll need to reduce the cooking time. Start at 15 minutes and place back in the oven for extra time if required.

If you don’t have anywhere warm to let your dough rise, you can try the microwave method – untried by us but recommended to us. Let us know if it works!

Microwave proofing method

Heat a cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Place the dough in to the microwave with the water, close the door, and leave it to rise. It should double in size but if not in around half an hour but if not, take the dough out and reheat the water then place the dough back in. Don’t heat the dough up directly in the microwave!

Taken from The Kitchn

Let us know if you try this and what your favourite bread making recipe is

How to make popcorn

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I have a confession to make – I love crisps. Crisps are such a serious addiction for me and I crave them a lot. Not even fancy flavours, just your basic ready salted crisps. But crisps come in that foil-plastic material which can’t be recycled and so I’ve been trying to curb my habit, and that’s where popcorn comes in.

Popcorn is such a quick, easy, and healthy snack to make and for me it satisfies my need for something crunchy and salty. OK so the salt makes it less healthy, but the great thing about making your own popcorn is you can flavour it any way you like, and you can also control the salt content if you like salty snacks like me.

There are two methods for making popcorn that we’re going to share here: microwave or in a pan.

Microwave

  1. Place a small amount of kernels in a microwave safe glass bowl – just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl in a single layer. Don’t add too many as they expand a lot and you’ll get un-popped kernels and/or an overflow situation which you don’t want.
  2. Cover the bowl loosely with a ceramic plate which is also microwave safe. If you can, leave a little gap for the steam to escape
  3. Heat the popcorn on full power for 4 minutes. It will take slightly longer than this but this is a good starting point.
  4. Once it ends, keep adding time on a little at a time while listening to the popping.
  5. Once the popping has slowed to less than 1 pop every 5 seconds turn off the heat.
  6. Leave the popcorn to rest for at least 2 minutes – it will be really hot. When you remove the plate, use an oven glove and watch out for steam
  7. Transfer to a bowl and flavour however you like. A light sprinkling of sea salt is my favourite

In a pan

  1. Use a good heavy-bottomed pan which has a lid (ideally a clear glass lid so you can see what’s going on, otherwise you can depend on listening to the pops).
  2. Put the pan on a medium-high heat and preheat slightly
  3. Add popcorn kernels to the bottom of the pan in a single layer. Like with the microwave method, don’t add too many. A little goes a long way with popcorn. You don’t need to add oil if your pan is non-stick or a well seasoned cast iron skillet, otherwise add just a little oil, not too much so you don’t get greasy popcorn.
  4. Put the lid on the pan. Don’t leave it unattended, you don’t want burnt popcorn and once they start popping things happen quickly.
  5. After a couple of minutes you’ll hear the kernels pop. Leave the popcorn on the heat until popping has reduced to less than 1 pop every 5 seconds.
  6. Take the lid off and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to your bowl of choice and adding seasoning of your choice.

What is your favourite way to flavour popcorn? Let us know in the comments

You can buy your popcorn from our shop here

The ultimate guide to plastic free and zero waste shops in the UK

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We’re part of a growing network of shops offering plastic free food options. If you’re looking for somewhere you can pop into to fill up your jars near you, here’s all of the physical retail locations that we know of offering plastic-free food options. If we’ve missed somewhere, let us know on shop@plasticfreepantry.co.uk

England

London

Hetu, St John’s Hill

Unpackaged, various locations

Unpackaged have a concession inside some Planet Organic stores and other locations

Shop Without Packaging SWOP market, Lee Green

The Naked Larder, Herne Hill

Collection service

Harmless, Wood Green

The Source, Chiswick

Coming soon

Bring Your Own, Tooting

 

North East

The Paddock, Rowlands Gill

The Paddock offer an organic fruit and veg box scheme, focus on zero waste, with unpackaged fruit and veg and recycled pulp egg boxes. They take all packaging back from customers to reuse and also offer delivery on organic milk in glass bottles with a bottle deposit scheme and have a range of refillable eco friendly household cleaning products which are all plant based

 

North West

A Small Good Thing, Bolton

A small, community greengrocer in Smithills, Bolton. Local, seasonal produce; zero waste.

Cut the Wrap, Ulverston

Cut the wrap is a new twist on an old idea- buy by weight, using your own container. Refill not landfill!

Goodness and Grain, Cockermouth

Currently operating as a market stall in and around Cockermouth

The Severn Way, Thornbury

Waste Not Want Not, Birkenhead

Currently open Saturdays only at Birkenhead Market

Wheelie Green Market, Southport & Ormskirk

Wheelie Green Larder is a zero-waste shop on wheels. It is a place to buy or have delivered your everyday essentials without the unnecessary packaging.

Coming soon:

Flourish Foods, Manchester

Zero waste food store in Manchester City Centre! Bring your own containers and Fill, Eat, Rinse, Repeat

Fulfilled, Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom plastic free food & household shop opening soon.

Utopia, Warrington

 

Yorkshire & The Humber

Our Zero Waste Shop, Sheffield

Sheffield Students’ Union’s new outlet dedicated to plastic free wholefoods and environmentally friendly household goods. Open to all.

Unwrapped, Sheffield

Unwrapped is a zero waste grocery shop based in Crookes, Sheffield.
Newly opened in May, we sell a wide range of wholefoods, liquid refills and eco products.

Jarfull, Harrogate

Pop-up shop and home delivery service with online ordering in Harrogate

Alligator, York

The Little Vegan Market, Middlesbrough

The Weigh It Was, Stockton-on-Tees

Coming soon:

Ecotopia, Leeds

Ecotopia are currently crowdfunding to open up a zero waste store in central Leeds. Visit their crowdfunding page to support them

The Jar Tree, Leeds

We’re working hard to bring a zero packaging, plastic free, more mindful way of shopping to Leeds in 2018.

Zero Yorkshire, Huddersfield

Zero Yorkshire is currently running pop-up shops and crowdfunding for a permanent space in Huddersfield.

Saker Wholefoods, Todmorden

 

East Midlands

Plastic Free Pantry (yes, us!) Nottingham

You can pick up any order from our central Nottingham location and soon we’ll have regular open hours

A Simpler Life, Rutland

Mobile and online shop covering Rutland

Nada, Leicester

A zero waste store in Leicester. Offering plastic free/bulk shopping alternatives on daily items!

Dash Vegan, Nottingham

Specialises in gluten-free vegan items with a weigh your own section

Coming soon:

Refill Revolution, Market Harborough

Bringing the Refill Revolution to Market Harborough! Promoting simple changes to reduce waste.

Scoop, Leicester

Coming soon! Leicester’s new package-free shop. Zero-waste groceries and lifestyle products for the conscious shopper.

 

West Midlands

Pack Your Own, Kings Heath

Bicycle delivery service with online pre-orders of plastic free food and household goods

Nature’s Intention, Bromsgrove

We will be opening this summer in Bromsgrove area, stocking everything from Bran Flakes to Bamboo Toothbrushes. They appear to be now open but have’t updated their Facebook description yet

The Clean Kilo, Birmingham

Zero Waste Supermarket based in Digbeth, Birmingham

Indigo Wholefoods, Moseley

Unpackaged fruit & Veg and detergent refills

The Waste Not Shop, Ledbury

Pop-up shop operating in Ledbury, Herefordshire

Coventry Market, Coventry

Coming soon:

Pack It In, Worcester

Opening soon in central Worcester: A Zero Waste shop selling a wide range of food items, toiletries, detergent range and lifestyle items.

 

East of England

Arjuna Wholefoods, Cambridge

Workers’ co-operative with refills of herbs & spices, unpackaged bread, and loose organic vegetables

Backyard Food, Peterborough

The Green Parrot, Swaffham

Cupboard Love, Woodbridge

 

South East

SESI, Oxford

Social Enterprise. 12yrs campaign reducing plastic pollution and food waste. Find them at East Oxford Farmers Market every Saturday

Faringdon Unwrapped, Faringdon

Scoop Zero Waste, Oxfordshire

Pop-up zero waste events in the Oxfordshire area

Charlotte’s Cupboard, Sussex

The UK’s first zero waste shop on wheels, Charlotte’s Cupboard offer a delivery service from their electric van and also have regular stop off locations you can find them to refill your jars.

Bamboo Turtle, Letchworth Garden City

The Refill Pantry, St Albans

Lesser Litter, Taunton

Wild Thyme, Southsea

Rice Up, Southampton

Eco-Freaks Emporium, Gosport

Fetch’em from the Cupboard, Leatherhead

My Refill Market, Milton Keynes

A zero waste stall where you can shop without packaging and bring your own containers at local markets

Nowhere, Chertsey

Keep, Godalming

A zero-waste personal care and household products market stall that does pop-ups up at various local markets and events.

 

South West

Earth.Food.Love, Totnes

Earth.Food.Love is an organic, wholefoods, zero-waste shop based in Totnes, South Devon.

Good Fayre, Salisbury

Goodfayre, an ethical shop in Salisbury, created by Dana Burton as part of her mission to help, not harm our planet, people or animals.

Loose, Stroud

Loose bringing you unpackaged foods and other household and personal care items in a largely plastic free environment. Bring your own packaging.

Preserve, Bristol

We are a zero waste shop where there is no plastic packaging. You can bring your own containers and buy as little or as much as you like.

Zero Green, Bristol

Packaging free shop in Bristol

Southville Deli, Bristol

Scoopaway Health Foods, Bristol

Better Food Co, Bristol

Waste Not Want Not, Bridport

Dorset’s first zero waste shop selling organic, unpackaged, plant based wholefoods

Harvest, Bath

Offers a range of loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit and detergent refills

Scoop & Spice, North Somerset

Refills of wholefoods, spices, and detergents

Cariad Wholefoods, Dorset

Unpackaged wholefoods, loose veg, plastic free toiletries sold by a committed zero waster

Spill the Beans, Wimbourne

Un_rap, Falmouth

The Refill Store, Truro

Gillian’s Larder, Helston

Nature’s Nutrition, Bideford

Nourish of Topsham, Exeter

The Real Food Store and Cafe, Exeter

Almond & Co, Bournemouth

Coming soon:

The Severn Weigh, Thornbury

 

Isle of Wight

Easiweigh, Newport

 

Scotland

Lil, East Lothian & East Edinburgh

Lil is a pop-up store covering East Lothian & East Edinburgh. Check their website to find out when and where you can next find them

New Leaf Co-op, Edinburgh

Scoop your own tasty wholefoods in Edinburgh, at our friendly worker-run cooperative

Locavore, Glasgow

Social enterprise aiming to connect people with local food. Offers loose foods at their store.

Green Place, Glasgow

Zero Waste Market, Glasgow

Zero Waste Market is currently operating as a market stall in Glasgow with plans to launch an online shop and physical shop in the near future.

Foodstory, Aberdeen

Cafe with a food dispenser section where you can get food refills

The Green Grocer, Inveurie

Offers refills on herbs, spices and oils

Wildcat, Fort William

Opening soon

Sea No Waste, Angus

Society Zero, Glasgow.

Due to launch in August 2018, initially as a stall.

 

Wales

Happy Planet Green Store, Narberth

Plastic free refill store in Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Natural Weigh, Crickhowell

Natural Weigh is a zero Waste shop, offering organic, additive free dried foods free from plastic packaging, as nature intended.

The Little Pantry, Tenby

Cherished Earth Wholefoods, Chepstow

Pwys, Swansea

Sustainibbles Ltd, Bridgend

Coming soon:

Ripple, Cardiff

Not-for-profit refill store coming soon to Cardiff.

6 ways to eat quinoa

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We love quinoa. It’s such a nutritious little grain, and thanks to our supplier Hodmedod, eating it supports British farmers rather than taking an essential food source away from communities in Peru. We often use it as a substitute for rice, or in salads but there are lots of ways to eat quinoa, even for breakfast!

We got lost in a quinoa rabbit hole on Pinterest, here are some of the best recipe ideas we dug out. All are vegan or can be made vegan with an easy substitution.

Crunchy quinoa wrap

Perfect for packing up in your lunch box and loaded with nutrients, this would make a deliciously healthy but filling lunch. We’d use our own cooked chickpeas instead of tinned and if you’re super prepared you can even make your tortilla wraps with flour, salt, and water.

Mexican quinoa wrap

Satisfy your burrito yearnings with this nutritious loaded wrap featuring quinoa, black beans and veggies.

One pot Mexican quinoa

One pot cooking is great for simplicity and saves on washing up too. This hearty Mexican stew features many of the same ingredients as the wrap above which is a great way to save time – cook your beans and quinoa once then use in two different meals for variation

Garlic mushroom quinoa

This looks like a really hearty and satisfying dish, yet is actually low in calories and full of goodness. Sub the parmesan for nutritional yeast blended with cashew pieces.

White bean quinoa chilli

Quinoa, cannellini beans, and chickpeas come together in this dish to create a fibre and protein packed meal.

Microwave breakfast quinoa

If you’re bored of porridge you can use quinoa instead of oats for a protein and fibre packed start to the day. This recipe is for cinnamon and banana flavour but you can add whatever flavours you would normally to porridge. Sub dairy milk for your favourite non-dairy milk

Do you have a favourite quinoa recipe? Let us know

Easy vegan chocolate cake – recipe

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This a really easy and vegan-friendly chocolate cake which you can cook in your microwave for a speedy chocolate fix, or in your oven if you’re more patient than I am…

Note: this recipe uses cups which is 240ml

Dry ingredients:

3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup golden granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of sea salt

Wet ingredients:

1/3 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup warm water

Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a bowl then add the wet ingredients and mix well.

Pour in to a glass bowl and cover with a plate, leaving a little room for steam to escape. Microwave for 4 minutes, allow to stand for 1 minute. Serve with homemade cashew cream, custard, ice cream, or just eat it warm straight from the bowl!

How to cook dried chickpeas

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Using dried chickpeas takes a little bit of preparation compared to grabbing a tin, but you’re rewarded with far better tasting chickpeas. Make up a big batch and use in lots of different things, from curries to hummus and falafel. They’re even great roasted for snacking and freeze well so you can keep them on hand for quick meals in future.

For both methods below, start by rinsing the beans and removing any bad peas or stones.

You can also cook your chickpeas with a pressure cooker but I don’t have one so it’s not featured below. If you have a tried & tested way of cooking chickpeas with a pressure cooker do let me know via shop@plasticfreepantry.co.uk

Slow cooker

This takes the longest and so isn’t great if you need to use the chickpeas on the same day, but this is how I do my chickpeas at the weekend in preparation for a big batch of hummus and using in a couple of different recipes in the week. You don’t need to pre-soak for slow cooker chickpeas.

Measure out your chickpeas and water using a 1:2 volume ratio and place in the slow cooker. I tend to use 3 cups of chickpeas. Cook on low overnight or for around 6-8 hours.

Soak & boil

Soak your chickpeas overnight in cold water, or speed the process up by covering the chickpeas with water, bringing to the boil for 1 minute, and then leave to soak in the water for 1 hour.

Drain & rinse the chickpeas then cover with double the volume of water to chickpeas.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for one hour, checking occasionally to make sure they haven’t boiled dry and topping with water as necessary.

How to make hummus – recipe

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Hummus is incredibly easy to make. It does take a little time when you’re making it from dried chickpeas but it’s low effort, you can get on with other things while the chickpeas are cooking. Our favourite way to cook them is overnight in the slow cooker (we make up a big batch for using in lots of things, not just hummus) but the fastest way is with a pressure cooker. You can also boil them.

Ingredients

200g cooked chickpeas

juice of half a lemon

4 tablespoons of water. For extra flavour you can use water left over from cooking the chickpeas

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of paprika

pinch of fine sea salt

Method

Add everything to the blender and blend . Taste and add any extra olive oil, salt, cumin, garlic or paprika to your personal taste. If the hummus is slightly dry and not blending well add extra oil or water. Enjoy with warm, fresh bread. Or chopped veg. Or in a falafel wrap. Or in big dollops straight from the blender 🙂

This recipe is vegan & gluten-free