Wow. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a good long think about this whole plastic free thing. These last couple of weeks have been quite an enlightening experience.
As a late night snacker, I’ve been able to see the problem with being a late night snacker in a house full of processed and packaged foods. What the hell have I been putting into my body?? Even worse, I’ve been filling my kids up on MSG and plastic wrapped food. Dude.
I can easily say that laziness had got the better of me.
And with that, I’ve made an effort to start including some of my old favourite snack recipes in the weekly menu plan. It’s been a nice change to have more home cooked foods in the rotation. And it’s saved us money as well. Seriously cool.
If you give these a go, I’d be keen to know how you went.
Some of you know, how much a looooooove potato chips. Like life without them is a sad place. I love them. Just plain, salted chips… It’s a weeeeeird happy place.
So, last week, I tried to make some.
I started with two kumara, peeled them, sliced them as fine as I could on a mandolin. Like a super duper thin. Paper thin. 1/16th of an inch, or 2mm or so. Put them right into cold water and let them soak. This removes a lot of the extra starch. Rinse them a few times and then dry them between two tea towels.
I, then lined a couple baking trays with parchment and set the oven to 100C on fan bake. If you want to toss them in salt and olive oil or any other flavour, do this now. Line up as many slices as you can without them overlapping and pop them in the oven. I had them in for about an hour or more, and flipped them every 20 minutes or so.
They take a bit of effort. And because they take effort, it really made me consider my current chippy addiction. It’s a really hard thing to consider. The amount of food I was actually eating just to sit down and watch TV. Or the time and energy it took to make them. There is definitely something to be said for habit-breaking-consuming of not-very-healthy food. If you know what I mean!
How has this plastic lifestyle impacted you? Have you seen a change in your attitude?
I have and it’s pretty awesome!