When it comes to meat the answer truly is easy.. use old fashioned brown waxed butcher paper..
The question? Avoiding single use plastic..
This includes the awesome and outstanding shrink rap bags as well as the ones that remove the air and seal..
Totally will own up the fact that both of these work great.. but they are so wasteful and they produce throw away plastic for every single item preserved with them.
If they get to the point that they can figure out a way to use these that are not just one time use plastic and instead replace with something that can do the job and be composted and I will come back around to them.
Till that happens, I am heading over to re-useable plastic freezer tubs and I will also try some freezer grade Silone bags as well. These are my trial ones.. I have a issue with how small most of these are.. but I will find a way to use the small ones as well as the bigger ones.
There are issue with it of course, its still plastic, it is will take forever to degrade but it has a good history of lasting a long time.. but you can not stack jars in the freezer in the same way and the cost of running freezers is not cheap! Balance in all things.
It means that I will need to do my best to stay on top of my canning and drying at a faster clip for the coming season.. that sounds easy but its not.. The very reason I use the garden freezer is to give me that flex in regards to saving up enough in the freezer until everything has ripened if it happens over a couple weeks or till I have time to do so.
While I do love some things that are dried for certain things, its not the same as frozen fresh and then enjoyed in different ways..
The biggest change will be in saving tomato’s, I will have to process them in smaller batches or find larger freezer tote that I can cut and just add the fresh on top till its full and then go for it..
Are you trying to reduce your single use plastic and if so what is you plan for replacing Freezer bags? I am certainly open to idea’s but please don’t tell me to use milk bags etc, as I do not buy “store” things to recycle them in this way.