How to be More Eco-Friendly When Baking
Being more eco-friendly is something I have been trying to do for a while now. From making sure I turn all the lights off in rooms I’m not in, to using less plastic. However, I found that one area of my life where I was struggling was when I was baking.
I normally do a lot of baking in one day this can be making anywhere between 4-8 recipes in a day. If I were making a fudge recipe like my Pink Gin Fudge, then this includes 550g of white chocolate chocolate. So, if I use a supermarket own branded 100g bar of chocolate then that is 6 wrappers I am throwing away.
I also tend to use disposable piping bags I haven’t had much luck with reusable ones, I always find they are quite small and burst easily.
I started looking at alternatives to traditional baking ingredients and products and I have found so many great eco-friendly alternatives. So I thought I would share them with you in this post.
As part of this post, I sent out a few emails and tweets etc. asking if anyone would be interested in taking part. The lovely Louise replied from Grain and Sustain.
Gran and Sustain is a store in Fife that specialises in zero waste. If you have seen my Instagram stories recently you will know that I visited Grain and Sustain and I was so impressed.
Everything in the store is plastic-free (apart from one brand of biscuits) and most products are sourced locally. I had such a great day and went to town filling up the paper and compostable bags of incredible ingredients. Including Vanilla Extract, Freeze-Dried Strawberries, Raspberries and Blackcurrants, they even had sprinkles and Gluten-Free options.
I have made so many recipes from the ingredients I bought at Grain and Sustain most of which I will be posting here in the near future. They had everything from oils and vinegar to flour that was locally milled. Even household items like washing liquid, wax wraps (again made locally) keyrings and cards.
There are so many zero waste shops popping up now. If you have one local to you then it is a great way to save on plastic and waste. The jars can all be reused too and Grain and Sustain can even take your unwanted jars, clean and sterilise them and reuse them! How fab is that?!
If you live in the Fife area, I would 100% recommend that you check Grain and Sustain out you can even shop online here at their website. If you live a bit further afield then it is definitely worth searching online for your nearest zero-waste store.
Wax wraps are something that I have featured before in my How to Freeze Your Bakes Post. I absolutely love how versatile they are and that they can last for up to a year. Wax Wraps are made from four natural materials: organic cotton, organic Jojoba oil, pine resin and beeswax. WaxWraps have a few different options including a roll, sheets and now food bags.
They all come in different sizes and are prices are from £12.00. They have so many different uses from covering a bowl of leftover pasta and wrapping your cookies up. To freeze for later or even storing your sandwiches for lunch.
I have found WaxWraps are a great alternative to Clingfilm and Tin Foil. Plus they last a lot longer and are a lot better for the planet too.
I don’t know about you but when I bake, I also seem to use A LOT of baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Again, this is something that you only normally use once and throw away.
While there are a few different alternatives to this, including a compostable baking paper which I have been using another great alternative is these Reusable Baking Sheets. These can be used whether you are baking some cookies or whether you are making your dinner.
They can withstand temperatures of up to 260C and are non-stick. They can be easily wiped down at the end of cooking/baking.
Peace with the Wild is a company I have only found recently but again I absolutely love the selection of eco-friendly products they have.
One of my absolute favourites is these compostable baking cups. They come in three different sizes depending on what you are baking and are priced from £1.45.
They are made from chlorine free sustainably sourced greaseproof paper and are home compostable. These are such a great alternative to normal cupcake cases which can contain some elements of plastic and therefore can’t be recycled or added to your compost heap.
Another eco-friendly alternative is these Silicone Oven Mitts. They are non-slip and made from durable, food-grade, FDA approved silicone which is heat resistant up to 230C.
The Oven Mitts are such a great idea and can simply be washed and used again and again. They don’t really have a lifespan so you could effectively use them forever!
Peace with the Wild also has a few different eco-friendly utensils such as this Organic Bamboo Long Handle Spoon and this Whisk with Wooden Handle. Both are 100% plastic-free and are perfect for cooking and baking with. They are both chemical-free and are also Vegan.
As I said above, I use so many piping bags. Whether it is for a drizzle of chocolate, or piping buttercream onto a cake. I have never found a reusable piping bag that was big enough to fit all my buttercream in or strong enough, but I have found an alternative, these Biodegradable Piping Bags.
These piping bags are utterly fabulous and have four times the anti-slip grip of traditional disposable piping bags. The piping bags are also 21 inches in length which is the perfect size for piping your buttercream.
Other Ways I Can be More Eco-Friendly,
There are so many other ways to be eco-friendly when baking including reusing cupcake and cake boxes if you can. Obviously, if you sell your bakes, you can’t ask the customer for the box back. But if you are baking for friends and family, why not take the box home with you and reuse it.
Again, depending on who you are baking for you could also invest in some cake storage tins. I normally just line the bottom with some compostable greaseproof paper and pop the cakes on top. Then once everything has been eaten, you can take the tin home, wash, and reuse it.
Cake storage tins like this can be quite expensive but they are worth the expense because they literally can last forever.
Another way you can be more eco-friendly is using a dish soap bar not only are these completely plastic-free they will also not harm marine life.
If like me, however, you take the easier option and pop your dishes into the dishwasher then why not try out these eco-friendly dishwasher tablets. They come in water-soluble wrappers and are biodegradable.
Do you have any other tips or solutions to being more eco-friendly while baking? Leave them in the comments below.