Saran-dipitous Moment: That moment or faculty of making a fortunate discovery by chance.
The moment for me was when I peered into my 78 year old aunts’ refrigerator and saw no plastic wrap. Anywhere. It was then I realized my complicity in swathing Mother Earth in sweeping wraps of name brand plastic. Since my aunt is a great role model, I just followed her example.
A cereal bowl with a well fitting saucer placed on top, holds in moisture and odors. Bowls can then be stacked for more space. Bowls can add a little bit of a treasure hunt aspect to finding that leftover chili, but it is microwave ready when you do locate it. Canning jars, especially the wide mouth style, can hold a variety of foods. Ball offers reusable lids for small and wide mouth jars that makes food storage in jars simple. Non-standard jars are great for leftovers; think Adams peanut butter jars. Even a small saucepan with a tight fitting lid can be used for leftover storage.
Fresh produce can be washed (or not) and wrapped in clean dishtowels. Not only are they more rugged than paper towels, they are useful for wiping up if one of your bowls is dislodged. Wrapped in a dishtowel, produce can be stored in the crisper drawer or on the lower shelves and the towel protects the produce from any temperature fluctuations. It is also quite easy to find the produce that needs to be used first!
Milk and cream can be poured from their plastic jugs into glass pitchers. Not only is it easy to see when you need to purchase more half and half for your morning coffee, but it looks ever so nice on the breakfast table. Juices can be in pitchers as well, or 2 quart size canning jars. Little ones may need a helping hand using a glass pitcher.
Depending on your family preferences, condiments can be stored in their purchased container. If you prefer dressings and sauces made from scratch, dressing bottles and canning jars are again easily found and used. It is a really good idea to label the reusable lid if it is designated for a particular product. Then the child who prefers grape jelly does not have an attack of the vapors in finding elderberry jelly on her pbj.
Saran-dipitous moments can be a marvelous catalyst for change. Have you found an area of life that could be tweaked just a little to make a big difference? I know I view my refrigerator with a lot more saran-ity, now that I am wrap free!
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