Waste Free Halloween

package free grocery store halloween tips
If you are getting into the Halloween spirit, there are ways to do it with less waste with tips from our package-free grocery store…

* Find or make a Halloween-themed trick-or-treat bag that can be reused every year. Try to make it hardy enough to pop into the wash at the end of the celebrations. Similarly, feel free to get creative or keep it simple depending on your skill and energy levels.
* Buy secondhand, borrow, create your own, or check out your Buy Nothing pages rather than purchasing new costumes and decorations each year. Or keep reusing the same ones and see how long you can get out of them! You could even swap with others so that everyone gets a turn at being the best wicked witch in the land.
* Then give out plastic-free unpackaged lollies that you bought from Wasteless Pantry your local package-free grocery store. You can create your own mix of favourites including horrific lolly snakes. Additionally, pop them in your favourite Halloween-themed bowl and use tongs to dispense them for hygiene.
* Make your own scary cookies instead of lollies to mix it up. Check out our recipe.

By role-modeling waste-free options you are helping your community celebrate and spreading the message that plastic-free Halloween events are possible. Imagine if you inspired someone to do it a little better next year too. As well as showing the next generation how it’s done well! Bring on the new normal of using less plastic and making the most of our resources.

Gluten-Free, Muesli Hedgehog Slice

gluten free bulk wholefoods muesli slice

Imagine biting into a delicious hedgehog slice made with gluten free bulk wholefoods with no packaging waste! That’s what you have to look forward to if you make this recipe with ingredients you buy from Wasteless Pantry, either refilled in-store or delivered to your home when ordered online. Above all, our zero waste bulk food stores make it easy peasy to go plastic free, therefore, no need for single-use packaging to eat well! In other words, Wasteless Pantry is your go to for trying out recipes just like this. After you’ve tried this one, you can always check out our blog for inspiration and other recipes made from gluten free bulk wholefoods. We certainly hope you enjoy it!

Makes: 16 bars

Ingredients from WP:

– ¼ cup organic coconut cream (made from our powder)

– 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

– 2 cups Gluten-Free Muesli (a few options in the store)

– ½ cup desiccated coconut, plus 2 tbsp extra

– ¼ cup shelled salted pistachios

Extra pistachios, cranberries & macadamias, to top

Method

1. Line a square 20cm slice tin with a reusable baking liner

2. Bring the coconut cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat & add the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is glossy & melted.

3. Place the Gluten-Free Muesli, ½ cup desiccated coconut & pistachios in a large bowl, mixing well

4. Add ½ the melted chocolate & stir to combine.

5. Spoon the mixture over the base of the tin, pressing gently into the corners.

6. Combine the remaining desiccated coconut & melted chocolate, then pour over the slice and spread evenly.

7. Top with extra pistachios, cranberries & macadamias.

8. Refrigerate overnight or until firm then turn onto a board & cut into 16 squares


Hibiscus Iced Tea

bulk loose leaf tea hibiscus iced tea recipe

Creamy and cooling, this recipe uses bulk loose leaf tea package free from Wasteless Pantry (zero waste bulk food store in Perth, Australia) to create something amazing! Firstly, hibiscus tea is said to be high in antioxidants. Secondly, it is said to have a slightly tart flavour similar to cranberries. Therefore when you mix it with creamy coconut milk and a little sugar you get this delightful drink perfect for Summer days. As an added bonus, it can be made without waste if you shop for bulk food online or in-store via Wasteless Pantry.

Ingredients from Wasteless Pantry:

– 5 tsp hibiscus tea

– 3 tbsp sugar

– 2-1/2 cups milk (any type, we used our coconut milk powder)

Other bits:

– 5 cups of water

– ice

Method

1. Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil

2. Steep the hibiscus tea for 5 minutes

3. While it’s still hot mix in sugar, mixing until dissolved

4. Remove hibiscus tea leaves & let chill in the fridge

5. Once cooled add milk and ice, it’s now ready to serve (serves 5)

Loved this recipe and need more inspiration? Then try our Matcha Iced Latte recipe next! Alternatively, check out our wide range of other bulk loose leaf tea options. As well as this we have tea strainers, teapots, espresso makers, and plungers to try. In short, enjoying a waste-free beverage is easy to achieve and your compost will love the leftovers! In addition, you can even add them to your worm farm or topsoil without worry as there is no smell.


Easy Homemade Protein Bars (Cinnamon Roll)

This power-hit recipe is a great way to learn how to use bulk protein powder in something other than a smoothie! Whether you choose whey or pea protein powder from Wasteless Pantry (zero waste bulk food store Perth, Australia), you’ll be delighted with the results! Plus by getting your bulk food online or instore unpackaged, this recipe is waste free and plastic free as well. Buying wholefoods naked like this really helps the environment as well as your weight loss or weight management efforts too! Therefore, you really cant go wrong giving it a go.

Ingredients from WP:

– ½ cup protein powder

– 1tsp cinnamon

– 1cup rolled oats

– 2tbsp coconut oil

– ½cup almond butter

– ¼cup honey

– ½tsp vanilla extract

– 1tbsp water

– Sprinkle of salt

Method

1. Pulse dry ingredients in a food processor blending for 1 minute, until oats are powdery and fine.

2. Add wet ingredients to the food processor blending for another 30 seconds, until the mixture is well combined.

3. Check the consistency – Fold some of the mixture in your hand; it should form a ball & not crumble. If the mixture is crumbly, add water and process again.

4. Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with a baking liner, & press the protein bar mixture into the pan until smooth across the top. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, then chill for 2 hours (or freeze for 30 minutes).

5. Pull the bars out of the loaf pan, and cut them into 8 squares.

Keen for another protein powder recipe? Try our Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie recipe next.


Homemade Package Free Dog Treats

eco-friendly-dog-food-treats-recipe

You’ve made the move to low-waste living and so should your pet! Zero waste dog care needs just a few tweaks such as switching to eco-friendly package-free dog food. By refilling your container you are minimizing single-use plastic packaging waste. Also, by choosing locally made, you are supporting local businesses and minimizing food miles. Or make your own plastic-free dog food treats using the recipe below. Or using a natural fibre brush instead of plastic. This stops microplastics from ending up in our environment and bodies. Or using an Ensopet system to compost pet waste at home. Keeps the yard clean and adds nutrients back into your soil. And all of this is on offer at Wasteless Pantry!

Show your dog some love with these homemade low-waste dog food treats 🐾

Ingredients from WP:

– 50g Oats – 140g Wholemeal spelt flour – 140g Peanut butter

Ingredients from elsewhere: – 1 Medium mashed banana – 1 Egg

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Add ingredients to a mixer until combined, adding a little more flour & mix again if still overly sticky & wet.

3. Roll in between two pieces of baking liner till approx. 5mm thick, then cut into shapes with a cookie cutter or into squares with a knife. Position on a lined tray.

4. Bake in the oven for 20min. Turn the oven off, flip the biscuits & place them back in the switched-off oven for an hour, letting them dry out further.

Your dog will be sure to love this eco-friendly natural dog food treat recipe! Congratulations on making your own sustainable dog food!


Meet bulk food store Perth owner Jeannie

Meet the famous Jeannie 🏑

Hi I’m Jeannie, I’ve been working at Wasteless Pantry with Amanda for 7 years, over 8 if you count the time we spent planning & developing the business. Before WP I was a Paramedic, although my three kids grew up with WP & I don’t think they remember me as anything else😆 I’m grateful to work with such an awesome team at the bulk food store Perth, we all laugh & work hard together, which makes the day fly by.

I love playing & coaching hockey, running in the bush & visiting the beach. My beautiful native garden is designed to be a habitat, and I grow some veggies & lots of herbs. I love cooking & eating equally, so I’m spoilt with access to all the yummy ingredients at WP.

Favourite zero waste swap from Wasteless Pantry bulk food store Perth?

My original favourite product at WP is the Onya produce bags – I’ve had mine since before WP. When I shop for fresh produce I use them in place of plastic, once I get home the produce gets dunked in a bucket of water to wash, then sits on the dish rack drying, while still in the bag & the water goes to the garden. They double as a wash bag for delicates as well! A Perth-owned company makes them from recycled plastic, by a Perth-owned company. I also love our cleaners from Envirocare. Made in Perth & safe for grey water systems, they eliminate the need for single-use plastic! Oh & the shampoo & conditioner bars… I have too many favourites! you’ll have to come in so I can show you them all 😁

My top tips for cutting down waste

Identify what part of your household generates the most waste & start there. For most families, it’s the kitchen, laundry & bathroom. Start with one or two items at a time before moving on to the next.

Find an outlet for your food waste & keep it out of your landfill bin – organic waste is a precious resource. I’m lucky to have the space for chickens, but a compost, Bokashi bucket, worm farm or even someone else’s chickens will do, & if you are lucky enough to have a FOGO bin, give your local council a big clap!

Be kind to yourself and celebrate your progress! None of us are perfect, & you are fabulous for making this a priority in life!


Bruschetta Spaghetti with Unpackaged Foods

Cooking this Bruschetta Spaghetti with unpackaged food is easy when you shop at Wasteless Pantry, the best waste-free shop. Just refill your containers in-store or order raw bulk foods online from us. This way you get only what you want to use and everything stays fresh. Also, you avoid single-use plastic pollution thereby reducing single-use plastic effects on the environment. When you source bulk foods this way you have all the control over your impact!

Grab just what you need from these unpackaged food ingredients at WP:

– 1tbsp balsamic vinegar

– ¼cup olive oil

– ½tsp chilli flakes

– 1tsp salt

-¼tsp garlic granules

– 340g of spaghetti (you can use gf as well)

Plus

– 680g tomatoes (any type)

– 1cup basil leaves finely chopped

Method

1. In a large mixing bowl add tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic, chilli, salt & half the basil. Let sit for up to an hour at room temp or longer in the fridge, for the tomatoes to absorb the mixture.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling & cook the spaghetti until ready.

3. Add spaghetti to the bowl & mix well.

4. Serve immediately with added leftover basil & voilà!

Remember to make a plan for your leftovers (if you have any) so that nothing goes to waste. So enjoy as tomorrow’s lunch, invite someone else to eat with you, or halve the recipe so it all gets used!

Need other easy dinner ideas? Check out other recipes on our blog.


Spooky cooking time! Halloween Cookies

With goods from your favourite waste-free shop, Wasteless Pantry, you can make these terrifyingly delicious treats this Halloween. Source bulk foods unpackaged from us to make all your goodies plastic-free and waste-free. As the single-use plastic ban hasn’t reached food packaging yet, importantly, this is your chance to refuse plastic packaging by refilling your own containers or using our bulk food store online for delivery. As well as this, you will be able to buy in the quantities you need without wasting a thing.

To make these scary guys you’ll need:

– 226g (1cup) unsalted butter

– 1cup white sugar

– ½ tsp vanilla extract

– 1 egg

– 2tsp baking powder

– ½tsp salt

– 3cups plain flour

Icing:

-1.75cups icing sugar

– 3tbsp of any milk

– 1tsp vanilla extract

– ¼tsp salt

– matcha, charcoal & beetroot powder

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175°C

2. In a mixer, beat butter & sugar until smooth

3. then beat in extract & egg

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, salt & flour. Slowly add to the mixer until combined

5. Divide in 2-3 chucks, and roll out on a floured surface until 1/4 of an inch thick (we want it to be the thicker side)

6. Bake for 6-8min & let cool on the sheet, until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack

7. Once completely cooled mix icing sugar, extract, milk & salt until smooth

8. Divide mixture into separate bowls, mixing with matcha, charcoal & beetroot powder, then put into piping bags & get decorating!

Need more inspiration for a plastic-free Halloween from our waste-free shop? Check out our tips on this blog.


Our Special Gluten Friendly Bread Recipe

We know you are keen on our gluten-free food and were excited about this recipe! The beauty of shopping at a zero-waste bulk food shop is that you can get just what you need to try out any recipe. Then if you don’t enjoy it there is no waste left over. But if you do like it then you can stock up your containers ready for any time you want to make it again.

Grab just what you need of these ingredients at Wasteless Pantry:

– 1.5 cups white rice flour

– ½ cup brown rice flour (if unavailable 2 cups white rice flour will work)

– ½ cup potato starch

– ¾ cup tapioca flour

– 2 tbsp chia seeds

– 1 tbsp sesame seeds

– 1 tsp salt

– 3 tbsp olive oil

– 2 tbsp sugar

-1 tsp white wine vinegar

-2 tsp yeast

Plus

– 3 eggs

– 1 cup warm water

Method:

1. Add everything to a bread maker on the dough setting or mix everything together by hand.

2. When the dough has finished, remove it from the breadmaker into an oiled pan & place it in the oven compartment or somewhere warm to allow it to rise more while preheating the oven to 180°C.

3. Bake for 30 mins or until it sounds hollow when you knock on it with a knuckle.

4. Let sit in the pan for 5 mins, then let it cool on a wire rack.

5. Let the bread cool completely before cutting.

After you’ve tried this one, you can always check out our blog for inspiration and other recipes that can be made from our gluten free food. We certainly hope you enjoy it!


Vegan Tahini Date Cookies

There are so many vegan bulk food options at Wasteless Pantry that you can buy in-store or online with home delivery available! Simple recipes like this mean that you can go plastic-free and vegan-friendly without compromising on taste. We have a wide range of vegan options on our bulk foods online store, with a filter to make them easy to find. You can get what you need without packaging or food waste. Store these cookies in an airtight container somewhere cool and dark. They can also be frozen so that you always have a fresh batch on hand for morning or afternoon tea as well as unexpected guests.

Grab just what you need from these vegan bulk food ingredients at WP:

-1 ½ cups Oats

– ½ cups Tahini

-1 ½ cups pitted dates

– ¼ tsp fine salt

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175°C

2. Add all ingredients to a food processor & blend until it forms a thick dough you can easily press together between your fingers.

3. Shape into 12 cookies & place on a baking sheet. The cookies will not change shape during baking so be sure to shape them into cookies beforehand.

4. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on the pan for 15 minutes before handling.

Need another delicious vegan recipe inspiration? Try out our Vegan Salted Caramel Banana Bread recipe next. Most of our recipes can be easily converted to vegan-friendly, just ask us if you need any help to do this when you are ready to give it a go!