Smushy salmon avoided in our plastic free year
Having figured out vegetables and had some success and loss with snacks (to be continued) my mind turned to protein this week. When married I used to have meat or fish most meals. Then for a month or so after I turned to fish fingers and chicken nuggets to get me through. At both times I would have felt more comfortable with a more vegetarian diet. I have a keen interest in caring for our planet and ourselves. Long have I cared that our rain-forests are being destroyed to grow soy to feed the animals bred to feed the world: in particular for beef. Also, particles of plastic being found in almost all fish we eat does put one off eating that too. I never replaced our microwave as I was too tempted to reheat food in plastic inside, so it feels counter intuitive to eat fish that is eating plastic thinking it is food.
Our days of veganism are not among us just yet. I am bringing up growing children who eat vegetables, but not enough to live off. They won’t eat Quorn or lentils at all, but at 5 and 3 there is still hope that we can gradually move away from things like the salmon that Emma can now name.
The time had come to buy it. So, I turned up at the fish counter with my paper bag dubious as to how this would go… obviously, poorly. As per my concern the salmon would turn to smush (the technical term given by the fish monger: credit where it’s due). So, I returned with my container. Obviously, a glass container would have looked better, but a plastic one cost less as it was already in my cupboard! The fish monger then laid aside the 3 bags he usually wrapped fish in and instead placed them neatly in their new pot.
Obviously, I have asked around for you guys and it turns out that the fish mongers at pretty much any supermarket and independent store will offer this service. As does our local independent and supermarket butchers. So, if sausages are your tipple (as they are in this home) they can come plastic and smulsh free too. When it comes to meat we don’t buy packaged cold meats anyway anymore due to the nitrates being bad for health. I would rather cook extra chicken, gammon or sausages and store them in a container in the fridge to cut up for sandwiches the next day.
We do eat the occasional piece of red meat, because I struggle keeping my iron levels up, but I usually chose lamb rather than picture the desecration of the rain-forest in my minds eye. Eggs are great to provide selenium, which is scarce in our diet thanks to our mineral depleted soil. In my children and I it’s deficiency causes a painful break down of the skin at the corners of our mouth. I try not to waste eggs in baking and use a substitute. It is helpful that eggs are sold in cardboard trays though. They come with their own wrapping. My children are desperate for me to find crisps wrapped in something as equally exciting to my compost pile. So expect more posts on replacing those snacks coming up. Have you turned to veganism yet? Can you ever see yourself leaving delicious burgers behind? Have you tried taking your own containers to the produce counters? How did it go? Do comment below. Or find me on Instagram. Let’s save the planet one household at a time. Healthy planet. Healthy You.