Cheese. I love it. I am trying to eat less of it but I do still eat it. I was purchasing it at a farmers market, it came in plastic. It tasted delicious. I have stopped buying it from them.
I went to the deli near my house and saw some Australian feta, great, I wanted feta for a quiche I was making ( I eat a lot of quiche when the ladies are laying lots of eggs). I was all set, I went in with my stainless steel tin and politely asked if she would mind putting it directly in the tin. She was lovely, said no problems, took my tin. She then used a piece of plastic to pick up the cheese. Used another piece of plastic to put on the scales and weigh the cheese. Then put it in my container. SO sad. Yes I was bringing no packaging home but I had created 2 lots of instantly disposed of plastic. Such a fail!!
A few days later I went to the Queen Vic Market and saw unpackaged butter (still unsure what vessel I will take in to get butter put into) and a wheel of cheese that weighed a kilo and was wax coated. I was fairly happy with that. I bought the wheel but I wasn’t paying enough attention and the woman walked away with the cheese and came back with it wrapped in paper. Fail.
I have learned. I will probably buy the same cheese again but I will be more attentive and ask for no wrapping. I am unsure what I will do regarding feta and other fancy cheese.
I am unsure if the wax is biodegradable. I think I will try putting it in the garden and see whether it breaks down. I anticipate buying the wheel twice a year and freezing portions of it. Eventually once a year or none at all. Or I may find completely unpackaged local tasty cheese. That would be ideal. I started cutting the wheel before I thought to take a photo. I have frozen nearly all of the wheel and left a wedge in the fridge.
Slow steps in the right direction.