Gluten-Free Pizza Base Recipe

One of our team members, Rachael, has been using this recipe for a few months and is really happy with the results!

This recipe makes 2 large pizzas, easily doubles for more dough.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (divided)
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar (divided)
  • 3 cups gluten-free plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Xanthum gum (optional for chewier base)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 180C. In a small bowl, combine yeast and 3/4 cup warm water. Leave to activate for 5 mins. Sprinkle in 1 Tbsp of the sugar a few mins in.

  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and remaining sugar. Whisk until well combined.
  • Make a well in the dry mixture and add yeast mixture, olive oil and additional 1/2 cup warm water. Combine well.
  • Knead dough on a floured surface until no longer sticky.
  • Divide, place both hunks onto reusable baking liner on pizza tray. Use hands to work dough from the middle to the edges or roll it pretty thin with rolling pin/empty jar.
  • Pre-bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it looks dry.
  • Remove from oven. The crust will be surprisingly hard at this stage. Cracks are normal and totally ok. Spread generously with sauce and desired toppings. Pop back in oven for another 15-20 minutes.

Lentil Soup

Soup weather is here so we thought a winter warmer recipe would be perfect, plus this recipe is super easy and tasty!

Ingredients
1-2 tbsp Olive oil
2 cups diced onions
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
plus these from Wasteless Pantry:

2 tsp garlic granules (or 2 fresh cloves)
1 cup of soup mix (mix of lentils, split peas and barley) or split peas
36g dried chicken or vegetable stock plus 2L water (or 8 cups of chicken or vegetable stock)
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Method
In a large saucepan, heat oil and cook onion, carrot, celery and garlic over medium heat until softened. Stir in soup mix or split peas, stock and the bay leaf.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 2.5 hours, stirring frequently.
Puree warm soup with a blender. Serve with crusty bread and garnish with some parsley and cream on top 😄


8 Food Waste Hacks

It turns out that we,
in Australia, throw out vast amounts of food every week. Some estimates indicate
that over a year, the average household discards $2200 worth of food!

We do it because we
overestimate how much we need, underestimate how much we already have, serve
more than our families will eat, and forget about all those leftovers we have
hiding away somewhere.

There are easy
solutions that can help you reduce your waste and they only take a moment…

  1. Take a moment to clear out your fridge, freezer and pantry. If you haven’t done it in a while, challenge yourself to stay away from the shops until they are at least ¼ empty. Why? If your storage is too full of food, you won’t know what is in there and will likely double up when you hit the shops.
  2. Set up a compost bin system. It’s just a bucket or a container that you put your scraps in. All of them. Yes, even the stinky stuff you found in the back of the fridge yesterday. You store it in the kitchen that you then take outside to a compost bin (plenty available secondhand on Gum Tree) or bury in your garden later. Why? Getting up close and personal with your waste helps you to get to know WHAT you are wasting and HOW MUCH. Maybe you find out that the kids are throwing away whole sandwiches – so maybe you can stop feeding them for a while (I’m joking, of course). Or maybe you find out that it is always leftovers – so maybe you dedicate space at the front of the fridge, so they are easier to find or pop them straight into the freezer next time.
  3. Get your head clear on Used By vs Best Before. Things that you buy at Wasteless Pantry have a best before – such as rice, pasta, spices – which means that even after this date if they have been stored properly, they will not harm your health to eat. They just might not be as flavoursome as they used to be. Whereas things that are past their Used By date can be a health hazard and should be composted to be safe.
  4. Develop an autopilot response ‘No, thanks’ to “Specials”. Unless you are 100% certain that you will use the item before it goes bad, then take a deep breath and walk away.
  5. Label your leftovers. Permanent markers wash off most containers so just write the date and name straight on there before it goes in the fridge or freezer. If you know what it is and how old it is, you’ll have a better chance of making sure they get eaten.
  6. Think about the leftovers before you start cooking the meal. Does this meal freeze well? If it doesn’t, how long will we have to get through any leftovers before they go off because almost always there are leftovers! If it’s likely to go to waste, then be more thoughtful about portion control upfront.
  7. Speaking of portion control – serve less and encourage going back for seconds, especially with kids. Even if it is uneaten on the plate, most families are unlikely to save excess food that gets served so don’t serve it. Your kids won’t starve, most likely.
  8. Shop weekly, instead of daily. We all know the feeling of popping to the shops for one thing and coming home with at least a bag full. So instead, plan your shopping for once a week and challenge yourself not to go back until next week. We’ve even put together a handy tool to help you with this one. This way you can remember what you already have, what you’re planning to make as well as what you need to get. Easy!

 

A little planning can save a bunch!


Apple Cranberry Nut Loaf

This deliciously healthy loaf is great for afternoon tea or even a breakfast on the go!

125g butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 cup each crushed macadamias, crushed walnuts, craisins (dried cranberries) & pepitas
2 granny smith apples (grated with skin on)

1. Preheat oven to 160C & grease 22 cm loaf tin.
2. Cream butter and sugars till pale. Add eggs, one
at a time, beating well between each.
3. Mix in flour, mixed spice, salt, milk & apple. 4. Fold in nuts, seeds and cranberries.
5. Place in loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let stand in tin for 5 minutes before turning out on to wire rack to cool.
* This cake freezes very well; make two and freeze one for later to reduce oven use.


Shop for You Made Easy

We’ve been providing a free Shop for You service since we opened oh so long ago, but with recent times this has become more of a necessity than before. To help you understand what we offer and to streamline the process as much as possible we thought we should make it a nice clear process for you.
Below you will see a ’Shop for You Order Form’ which gives us all the info we need to get your goods together as quickly as possible.  Email it through and we’ll confirm we got it within 24 hours, then we aim to have your order ready within 3 days but will call you if it is ready sooner and to take payment.  That way when it gets picked up you can just grab and go rather than having to queue up waiting to pay. You don’t have to bring your own containers but if you are dropping off containers for refilling, we will have a spot in the store to drop them so you don’t have to hang around then too.

Shop for You Order Form – click on red text for PDF which can be typed on or printed

Bassendean now have delivery until May 31st – click here for the special form

Shop for You Order Form (Word Version)


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So that we don’t miss your order please send it directly to the dedicated orders email address for your local store:
 
Since clarity is key:

Our Returns Policy is available online:  http://www.wastelesspantry.com.au/returns-policy/

Our Product List is available online: http://www.wastelesspantry.com.au/bulk-foods/

Our prices change frequently depending on supply conditions.

We cannot guarantee that all products will be in stock.

There are purchase limits on some products depending on demand and supply.

Please be as clear as possible – this helps staff to fulfill your order more quickly.

Some products which have multiple options (varies depending on your local store), please be clear. For example:

Chia – black or white?

Chocolate –  bits or buttons? milk white or dark (or carob)?

Coffee – Imported or Australian; single origin or blend; decaf; strong, medium or mild

Flour – plain, SR, 00, rye, wholemeal, spelt (white or wholemeal), bakers, gluten, sustainable (stoneground or normal), gluten free?

Laundry Liquid – top or front loader?

Muesli – fruity, tropical, toasted, 98% fat free, organic or sugar free?

Nuts (esp cashews, almonds and peanuts) – raw or roasted/ salted or unsalted?

Oats – organic, rolled or quick?

Paprika – sweet or smoky

Quinoa – tri colour, white or red

Pepper – peppercorns black or blended, Szechuan, white ground 

Rice – basmati, jasmine, arborio, short or long grain

Salt– Fine or Rock, Regular or Pink Lake Salt or flavoured (chicken, garlic, celery, onion, vegetable)

Spices – seeds or ground?

Tea – so many options!

Turmeric – 3% or 5%

We hope this makes it easy to understand and clear what to expect. Thanks for supporting us!


We are still open

Thanks, everyone for supporting us to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis.

Just confirming that yes, we are still open and are sticking with our usual hours at this time.

In line with government recommendations, you will see signs out the front of our stores that help you to understand how we are doing what we can to keep everyone safe.

  • It is a condition of entry that ALL customers sanitise their hands with the provided sanitiser – feel free to use throughout your time in the store as often as needed
  • Maximum numbers of customers can be in the store at one time as per the sign for each store
  • Please wait in a line outside if needed keeping a safe distance apart
  • Due to the above crowd restriction, please limit your time in the store so you get all your shopping done but aren’t browsing. If you could come with a bit of an idea of the things you need that helps!
  • Keep a safe distance from staff and other shoppers
  • Card payments only
  • Respect purchase limits

Do not enter the store if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and utilise our Shop for You program to get your goods.

We will talk you through our new checkout process that minimises contact with your goods.

Throughout the day we will shut our doors for 10 minutes to sanitise surfaces and scoops so don’t go away, it’s only a moment for your safety.

In normal times we love having your kids in the store. However, we’ve had to pack up the toys so ideally leave them at home if you can.


Coronavirus Update

These are some crazy times, aren’t they?!

We thought we should let you know that Wasteless Pantry’s three stores (Mundaring, Bassendean and Greenwood) are doing our bit to help manage the Coronavirus and its impact on our community.

You may have already noticed that we have provided hand sanitizer at the entry of our stores for your use and are encouraging those that would like to use this to do so freely throughout your time in the store. If you would prefer not to use the hand sanitizer, you are welcome to ask our team for assistance with hand washing facilities available.

We would also like to remind you about our ‘Shop for You’ service. This is a free service where you drop off your list or containers and we will refill them for you. If you are not feeling well or want to minimise your exposure to public places then this service means you can stick with your waste-free values without compromising your health.

We are lucky to have so many locally sourced goods available, which helps us to be able to maintain adequate stock levels. There will be some products that may take longer to arrive as things progress, however, we will do our best to have everything we can on hand. This has been more tricky lately with stockpiling and some limits (such as for the toilet paper currently) may need to be put in place, however, we will keep you informed.

Store cleanliness and food hygiene have always been a priority for us. We will be ramping things up by disinfecting surfaces and handles throughout the store across the day as well.

It is tricky that the symptoms of Coronavirus overlap with those of just a regular cold and flu which will be popping up more as we come into winter. Our team will be monitoring any risk that they have been infected and will get testing as well as self-isolating where needed. We have quite a bit of flexibility within the team so should be able to manage absences without it impacting on service greatly.

We hope that together we can all get through this in good health!


Bokashi Low Down

Belinda has been using the Bokashi system for years so we asked her to give us the low down as we now stock Bokashi buckets, Bokashi bran (loose), Ensopet systems and Ensopet bran (loose) across all our stores.

SUMMARY

Bokashi may be called a “composting system” but it doesn’t actually work like a compost heap. Bran or liquid infused with microbes are added to the organic matter and work in an anaerobic environment to ferment the material. This means it does not break down in the bucket, but it will discolour and soften and take on a pickled smell. The liquid drained off can be diluted and used as soil conditioner and the fermented material is buried in the garden where it continues to rapidly break down into the soil. Any organic matter can be added to a bokashi bucket (chop up large items before adding them in) – this includes many things that can’t be added to regular compost like citrus, onions, meat, fish, bones, eggs and cheese. You can even add the dust from sweeping and vacuuming and hair.

The material in the bucket should grow white mold and take on a pickled smell, which is not necessarily pleasant but shouldn’t be offensive. If the bucket smells rotten or blue/green mold is growing, bury the contents, rinse the bucket out and start again. The bucket should only be rinsed out with plain water, as cleaning products can disturb the microbial environment developing inside the bucket.

It’s ideal to have a two bucket system, so when one bucket is full, you can leave it to ferment for about 2 weeks before burying it in the garden, meanwhile you can fill up the other bucket.

DIRECTIONS

Directions –
1. Make sure the drainage tap is closed and the drain grille is in place.
2. Add any organic matter to the bin – you can add citrus, onions, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, dust from sweeping or vacuuming – anything that was once alive. It’s best to chop up large pieces. Large bones won’t break down properly at all. Make sure the lid is sealed tightly after adding material – bokashi microbes work in an anaerobic environment.
3. Once an inch or two of matter is in the bucket, squish it down with the tool and add a thin layer of bokashi bran.
4. Continue layering organic matter and bokashi bran until the bucket is full. Drain the bucket every few days – this liquid can be diluted with water and used as plant food, or just poured down the sink.
5. Once the bucket is full it will need to sit for about two weeks. Having a system of two buckets – so you can fill one while the other “cooks” is a good idea.
6. Bury the contents in a hole in the garden. You will notice that things in the bucket are still recognisable, but they may have gone soft or discoloured – this is because bokashi works by fermenting the material instead of rotting it. The material will continue to quickly break down in the soil.
7. Rinse the bucket with plain water and start again.

 

Wasteless Pantry Bassendean News: 20 August 2019

DIY Hair Gel     

I’ve been recommended this recipe separately by two different staff members, so it must be good! It is especially good for curly hair and leaves the hair soft, smooth and smelling lovely.
Mix together 1/4 cup linseed (flaxseed) with 2 cups water. Heat in a pot until it comes to the boil (keep stirring to prevent the seeds sticking to the bottom). Turn the heat down once it starts to froth and let it continue to simmer until you reach the desired gel thickness (you don’t want it too runny or too thick). Once ready put a sieve or stocking over a container to strain out the seeds from the gel (the seeds are still good to use in your cooking or sprinkled on cereal!). Store the gel in the fridge as is, or you can add any of the following for added shine, body and fragrance: 1 tsp vitamin E oil, few drops of lavender, rosemary, tea tree essential oils (or your favourite fragrance), glycerin, macadamia oil. It can also be thinned out with water and put into an atomiser bottle for easy spritzing.
Recipe adapted from: https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-best-diy-flax-seed-hair-gel-recipe-ever

  Product News

  • We have found a new supplier of local WA Wildflower honey to tide us over until our regular supplier gets his bees back to work! We still also have the red gum honey as per usual.
  • We have added a number of new beauty products and ingredients to our existing stocks – rosehip oil, lemon essential oil, rosewater, magnesium salt flakes, avocado oil, aloe vera gel, stainless steel razors & shaving brushes, liquid deodorant plus atomiser bottles and roll-on bottles if you need something to help apply it.
  • Along with our Agreena silicone wraps and beeswax wraps, we have added fabric and silicone food wraps to help with your transition away from cling wrap.
  • Other new products in store now: hibiscus tea, stevia powder, rice wine vinegar, cinnamon sugar, 98% fat free tropical muesli.

Father’s Day
We have you covered for Father’s Day ideas, with gift vouchers, shaving kits, lollies and snacks, Dude Rock soaps, water bottles and insulated coffee mugs, and a range of teas and coffees.

In Store Recycling Changes 
Please be aware that we are no longer collecting beauty product packaging for recycling as Terracycle no longer collects these items. We are still accepting donations of the following, but please make sure to separate them before dropping off – putting them all into a single bin here in store just contaminates the recycling stream.

  • Batteries
  • Plastic bottle tops (e.g. milk bottle tops)
  • Aluminium ring pulls
  • Oral care products
  • Printer cartridges
Donated Jars
Thank you to everyone that has been donating clean, label free jars for others to reuse in store.  We are thrilled to see fewer jars with labels being donated as it is very time consuming for us to be removing them in store.  It takes us away from being able to keep goods as refilled as we would like and being able to spend more time making your time with us as enjoyable as possible.  So thank you!!

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Wasteless Pantry Greenwood News: 16 August 2019

Contain yourselves!

We love seeing the wide variety of containers being used over and over, especially because they are just ordinary containers. Maccona jars, jam jars, random plastic tubs, empty formula tins, vintage Tupperware and all sorts of ordinary things that everyone has available to them. Please know that you and your containers don’t need to be Instagram-able to shop with us and to make a difference. Ordinary is okay. Ordinary is actually really great! Ordinary is what makes the world a better place. Pretty is nice, but totally unnecessary to improve things right now, today, in this moment. The most environmentally friendly thing you can use is something you already have. So bring out your ordinary and be your ordinary self. You’re in good company and we appreciate everything you are doing!

New products

We have added even more products to our already comprehensive range:

  • A new liquid deodorant is now in store! So, if you want to go refillable on your deodorant, we still have the great scoopable paste deodorant, as well as the new liquid one, along with containers for spray or roll on application.
  • In response to quite a few requests we now have Carob Buttons (yum)
  • A new 98% Fat-Free Tropical Muesli is proving popular – try some and let us know what you think…
  • Dark Chocolate coated Goji Berries are so good – better get some before the team and I buy them all!
  • Look out for Teff in a jar near our oils.  These are smallest grain in the world and are great cooked into stews, as a porridge or even sprinkled raw over salads
  • Lupin Flakes are also now available – check them out in our Gluten Free section
  • and, in addition to our existing pasta range, we are trying out Lasagna sheets

And, great news! The stainless steel razors are here and wooden handled shaving brushes will be in store in time for Father’s day (wink, wink). And we are pleased to see that the newer stock has no plastic in the packaging.

Events

Jeannie & Amanda from the inaugural store in Mundaring have been out in the community heavily spreading the waste free message, and it was fantastic to have them come to Greenwood in July.  Thanks to all of you who came along to learn more about Creating a Wasteless Home and to the friends who came along with you.


I promised to share a link to the recipe for the delicious and easy-to-make vegan chocolate brownie we had on the night so here it is:
https://www.veganaustralia.org.au/recipe_esther_s_zucchini_brownies
(This version wasn’t Gluten Free but I’m pretty confident you could substitute GF Flour.)

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I also delivered a workshop at MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers) in Mullaloo this month, talking about reducing waste, especially in the kitchen, and creating simple toilet fizzies.  Thanks to all for the warm welcome and great feedback.

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You may have already voted on Facebook for a showing of the movie 2040 at Warwick Grand in the week commencing 24th September so stay tuned for more updates on this…

Reusing beats recycling – let’s talk about jars …

We love being able to offer all our customers clean jars, free of charge, so thank you to everyone that has been donating clean, label free jars.  We are thrilled to see fewer jars with labels being donated as it is very time consuming for us to be removing them in store.  It takes us away from being able to keep goods as refilled as we would like and being able to spend more time making your time with us as enjoyable as possible.  So thank you!!

Until next month..

All the best for continuing your waste reduction journey beyond the Plastic Free July challenge and remember we are happy to help where we can.  See you in store soon!

Warm wishes,
Amelia & the team
Wasteless Pantry Greenwood