My last major goal for this year is to get rid of the plastic in the kitchen. I’ve been purchasing more and more staples in bulk and didn’t like seeing all those bags cluttering up the cabinets. Little by little, I had already been putting things in glass canning jars and was really liking the way that worked for me. I bought a few decorative jars to keep my salad dressings and sauces in and again was pleased. So far I’ve gone through my cabinets and put all the bulk foods into glass jars. Some were jars I already had and some were jars I found in thrift stores and still others were jars from my Grandmother’s home.
The next step in my kitchen is going to be replacing the kids’ dishes with either stainless steel or some small glass plates. As fun as it is to see Liam get all excited over Perry the Platypus on his plate, I’m fairly certain that a dish that can’t be put in the microwave or it will melt isn’t the best thing to serve my child from. We have a few melamine plates that I’m also trying to phase out due to concerns over there being formaldehyde in it’s composition. For the most part, I have smaller dinner plates that I give Liam from time to time, but they go with our dishes and I’m fairly certain we can no longer replace them should they get broken. When I give him or Sylvi small portions of food, I’ve always put them in glass or ceramic ramekins. Cups are an issue, though since almost all sippy cups are plastic. I taught Liam how to drink from a regular cup at an early age, but he likes to wander with his drinks and glass cups are out of the question unless he’s supervised. I’ve found some good options in Sigg and Foogo for him, but I want him to have a cup as well.
Since I’m reading the book The Non-Toxic Avenger, I’ve become more aware of the hidden things in my kitchen I hadn’t previously been concerned about. I don’t have a lot of teflon in my kitchen because I do honestly prefer stainless steel and wooden spoons for cooking, but I do have 3 pans that are non-stick and 2 bread pans that are also non-stick. This week when I made bread, I dug out my mother’s glass bread pans and baked the loaves in them instead. There was no difference in the cooking time, but the bread rose in an odd manner while baking. 2 of the saute pans actually have scratches in the finish and while I only use them for scrambled eggs, I’m thinking that now is as good a time as any to re-learn how to cook in stainless. I grew up cooking like that, I can do it again. I got an Olive Oil mister for Christmas and I’m loving that I no longer have those odd spray bottles in my kitchen that are nearly impossible to recycle and are filled with propellants and chemicals.
In a conversation with a friend this week while I discussed the changes I want to make, she asked me if I had a happy childhood. I thought it an odd question, but considering that I had just finished telling her that my mother wouldn’t allow any plasticware in our kitchen for years because she was concerned about leaching chemicals and how many people equate brightly colored plastics with childhood dinnerware, I can see where she was coming from. Quite frankly, I’d rather my children not eat with Disney characters plastered on every surface if I can help it. Anyway, I am aware that this is going to be an interesting journey and there will be some adjustments as I relearn how to cook certain food items, but I think it will be worth it. And if nothing else, we’ll just have a kitchen with lasting items instead of dishes that come and go with the favored character of the month.