Today I worked on creating a simple “canning” item for the pantry. I found some organic whole vanilla beans at the Piggly Wiggly. (oink)
Located organic vodka on the shelves of a specialty store.
Used cleaned bottles from my Ginger Ale my children once consumed in under an hour.
Purchased these reusable bottle wine stoppers.
And did this easy peasy recipe for Vanilla Extract:
- Vanilla Bean in bottle
- Add Vodka
- Plug with wine stopper.
- Let sit for at least 8 weeks, but 6-12 months is ideal.
- Use vanilla extract. (Yum.)
- When bottle is empty, add more Vodka or rum.
Today I spent some time shopping on Ebay for some lightly used items to help me along in my zero waste endeavors. Here’s what I found:
- A lot of super cute handmade produce bags. Told ya’ that magazine money would come in handy. 🙂
- A lot of colorful vintage hankies to replace tissues. I have seen them displayed in glass jars on some zero waste websites and that seems like a great way to get in the hankie habit.
- A gently used copy of the Prepper’s Canning Guide by Daisy Luther. Yep, I’m a prepper. She’s a prepper. Wouldn’t you like to be a prepper too? (I know. I’m a nerd.)
- A ridic number number of used books by Rosemary Gladstar. If I am going to end up making my own products as I go along, I need some of these. She is a world renowned herbal expert and has numerous books on creating your own health and beauty products for your family out of herbs.
So far so good on finding things gently used. Gently used gives new life and purpose to something someone is done consuming. As an former Amazon one click addict, it is going to take a bit of getting used to in order to take that time and track down exactly what I need. Especially since I live so far away from suburbia (a good hour and half), but most of these changes are more about mind set than work, so I just have to get used to asking Do I really need this? And if the answer is Yes, then see if I can find it where it’s already been purchased by someone else.