Making the most of excess food

Yum! This Brocolli from our @ceresfairfood delivery is bigger than my head. I guess this size would have been rejected by major supermarket chains?
For excess food, I get my inspiration from @pinterest. I plan to cook this for stir-fry, ramen, pasta, soup, potato bake, etc and make broccoli pesto from the stalks.

DIY apple cider vinegar

When life gives you old apples, make apple cider vinegar. My second attempt is a roaring success. It can be made with skins and core or the whole apple. Must be mixed regularly to avoid the yucky mould.
I use apple cider vinegar for healthy digestion, hair conditioning rinse and clay face masks but it has a multitude of uses beyond this.

Doing it yourself

Apart from its zero waste benefits and affordability, I find DIY is therapeutic and allows me to defragment my mind after a stressful week at work.

Where do I find the time to DIY?

– On a Sunday morning, about an hour before everyone else wakes up, I make 1 or 2 things that are running low.
This includes frequently used cleaners and toiletries, and sometimes a new experiment. I am an early riser so this is my “me time”, a time for creative play.

– I have a drawer in the kitchen cupboard filled with multipurpose ingredients such as baking powder, coconut oil, cornstarch, xylitol, Apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soap blocks, liquid Castile and a couple of essential oils. I bought all of this package free from bulk stores like @thesourcefitzroy@ceresbrunswick but they can also be ordered online or purchased in larger containers if bulk stores aren’t available to you.

– I deliberately choose simple yet effective recipes that take only a few ingredients. They must be easy to make, even in my sleepy state.

– I make a large batch and store it at the top of the bathroom cupboard and refill smaller (often travel-sized) containers when I need to top up.This ensures that we always have supplies and gives me plenty of opportunities to clean the small containers that get regular contact.

Surprisingly for me, my partner favours my minty fresh toothpowder over other recipes/products we’ve tried. It’s only 3 ingredients: 2 tablespoons xylitol, 1 tablespoon baking soda and 4 drops peppermint essential oil. Put in a jar and shake like maracas until mixed thoroughly. This morning, I transferred the remaining powder to a clean jar and topped up our bigger jar within a few minutes. Topping this up was easier than going to the convenience store.

DIY mouthwash

I’ve simplified my mouthwash recipe to just 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp xylitol, 4 drops peppermint oil and 1 cup water. I was previously adding aloe vera gel but I didn’t have enough growth in the garden. This recipe works just as well.

I sound like I know what I’m doing but I’m really a bit of a noob. I accidentally made 3 litres of this mouthwash because I chose to double the recipe AND apparently, I can’t tell the difference between tbsp & tsp. Silly me. At least it keeps well and I don’t need to make this for a while.