Natural Weigh local products

At Natural Weigh, we aren’t just interested in providing high quality food without single use plastic. That is just one of the ways we minimise our impact (and the impact of our customers) on the environment. We also work to support other local businesses AND keep emissions down through sourcing products locally where possible.

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Mixed bean chilli

This chilli may not look beautiful but it is a quick and easy go to meal for us. It takes a little bit of planning because of the dried beans but it never puts me off and is such a rewarding, warming meal that I always make loads and eat it for lunch for the rest of the week.

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Cling film

Recently I had a wonderful discussion with a family member who told me they had bought reusable stretch wrap to cover their bowls so they would no longer need to use cling film. Although a non-plastic solution such as beeswax or vegan wraps, or using containers with lids would be better, this was definitely a step in the right direction and I was really pleased to hear that the message about the damage caused by plastic was leading them to make changes in their life.

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Hot cross buns

Easter is approaching and that means hot cross buns are on all the shelves. I am always disappointed with shop bought hot cross buns, apart from the fact that they are packaged in single use plastic, they are also nowhere near as tasty as this homemade version. Although this is a bit of effort the end result is well worth it. I ended up doing these over most of a day to make sure there was plenty of time for the buns to rise. Almost as soon as they came out of the oven, Rob walked in the front door and promptly ate one, they are just too tasty to resist.

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Chocolate Seed Bars

I am a complete chocaholic so when Pamela sent over this recipe for a chocolate snack which is low in sugar but high in good fats and protein I knew it was going to be a winner for me. It is also very easy and quick to make with no baking. Thank you Pamela!
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How to make bread by hand

Making bread by hand is something which has, understandably, become less commonplace over time. It is a process which is ideal for someone who is in the house all day doing lots of different bits and pieces. Now, bread is such an easy, cheap staple that few of us even think about making it, and those that do often opt for a bread maker. But I have found the process of making bread wholly satisfying and the result is more delicious than any of the other alternatives.  This recipe is simple, uses very few ingredients and is almost entirely free of plastic, wherever you buy your ingredients. Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

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How to shop at Zero Waste shops

We have been so wrapped up in sorting out the shop that we forgot that this way of shopping is completely new to many people. It can be daunting and intimidating walking into a shop when you don’t know how it works or what to expect. I wanted to do this article to give an idea of how the shop will work and what to expect from it as a customer. I hope you like it.

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Blueberry pancakes

Growing up we always had crepes but I can safely say I am now fully converted to these American style blueberry pancakes. They are a delicious way to start a weekend and an absolute must for Pancake Day. If it was up to me we would be eating this every day of the week.  This recipe is also entirely dairy free.

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Coconut broth and roasted roots with quinoa

This is a lovely winter warmer. Coconut and lime always go beautifully together and the roasted root vegetables are so sweet and delicious. This is also a really colourful meal, perfect for those drab, cold days. And, just for reference quinoa is pronounced ‘ki-noir’…not ‘quin-oa’ as I have said for years.

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Soap nuts

If you are anything like me then soap nuts or soap berries are a relatively new concept. What are they? How do they work? Are they as effective as other cleaners? I wanted to try to answer some of those questions here and to convert you to the wonderful world of natural cleaning. I have been using soap nuts for a while now and personally, I think they are pretty amazing!

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