May 23, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Fonda LaShay, Week 3



Still curious if anyone has non machine ice cream tips… I am getting a bigger frezzer soon(ish) so that will not be the issue anymore.

Location:Stavanger, Norway

Name: Fonda LaShay

Week: 3

Personal Info:

I am an American living in Stavanger Norway with my Norwegian boyfriend. We are trying to live plastic free.

Fonda LaShay’s personal blog:

Total items: 11

Total weight: 109 grams / 3.8 ounces

Items: Recyclable
Knife packaging
Ice Cream Lid
4 paprika/bell pepper shrink wraps
Packaging from new handmixer

cooking syrup container
prescription for thyroid
cheese wrapper
spaghetti wrapper

Items: Nonrecyclable
[We have a plastic recycling station in our area, they say they take all plastics. I have not been able to find out what they do with the plastics that are not numbered.]

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Spaghetti – but I have trouble rolling it thin enough, so I have promised the man no more homemade spaghetti till i buy the proper machine. Saving time!

Ice Cream – Need to save for this machine too. I would love to make my own ice cream and know what is in it!!

Cheese – we have a dorm sized fridge, but are getting a bigger one soon(ish) so then I can buy a whole wheel of cheese! Plus I am learning to make my own!

Cooking Syrup – this is from a stash I have from making marshmallows over Christmas. I have since though learned to make my own, which is very easy!

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
this week we are somewhat down to the line, I guess I could have bought my new mixer used.. but i wanted a warranty with it.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Thyroid medication – over the last few years my thyroid has went kapoot! So now I have to take meds :( I am trying to / hoping to fix the problem with better foods though.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
This week I did make it to the farmers market, that helps alot. I just need to be more disciplined to get up on saturday to make it before they close.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
cooking syrup – especially since i know how to make it now

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
After watching what we were taking into our house for so long before joining the challenge, I am still shocked at how much we have every week. I really had thought we were doing so much better, glad for the challenge since it has opened my eyes to the reality.

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Hi, I just came across this article about making ice cream without an ice cream maker. The recipe sounds very rich, but very very yummy.

Hi Danielle,

Cooking syrup is like corn syrup – but without the corn :) It is the old school way, originally called Golden Syrup in England – I cannot even get my hands on corn syrup over here in Norway.

Here is a recipe for cooking syrup:

Hey! I have a question about the “cooking syrup”. I make marshmallows as well… the recipe I have uses “light corn syrup”… are the two the same?? If not, can you share your marshmallow recipe and how you make cooking syrup?? Please.

Plastic-free marshmallows would make our camping trips completely plastic-free!!! :)

Thanks everyone! Unfortunately they do not sell coffee in cans here in Norway, but when I travel I will keep my eyes open so I can give it a try.

Hedi thanks for that link! Ill give it a try – I have all the supplies available here!It sounds like what Benne’ is talking about!

Looks like i have a weekend project!

Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

I have an ice cream ball. It’s not plastic free but it’s bpa-free (the inside is metal) and you just roll it or shake it to make the ice cream. It’s super easy and since there is no power it shouldn’t break for a VERY VERY long time.

Sorry I don’t have a link, but America’s Test Kitchen has a no machine ice cream recipe. I think Alton Brown does also (search foodnetwork).

You can make any heavy whipping cream based ice cream without a machine. Directions must include cooking on your stovetop. You place it in your freezer and the next day you have ice cream. I will send you my recipe for French Vanilla, which make very good French Chocolate, in a few days as I’m out of state.

Exciting! Looks like i have some reading to do! I plan to get popsicle molds sometime soon, since I will be getting a frezzer that can hold them now (graduating up from the dorm/European sized fridge)

Does anyone know if coffee cans are lined with BPA like soda and soup cans are?

Fonda, I don’t know about coffee cans, but can you get coffee in bulk?

Oh wait. Duh. Just realized this is about ice cream, not coffee. Never mind.

I haven’t been making ice cream lately, but I have to say… the stainless steel popsicle molds I bought on are amazing! I let the kids mix together whatever they want – milk, mashed bananas, cocoa powder, fruit juice, tea, etc. and pour it into the molds. While they do have little silicone discs that hold the sticks in place, they are awesome and a lot less work than making ice cream without a machine.

You could always go the toothpicks and ice cube tray route, too!

Making ice cream without a machine:

You need two coffee or similar type cans, one larger than the other.
Ice cream mixture (usually some combo of milk, cream, flavoring, etc).

Put the ice cream mixture in the smaller can & seal it tight. Place the smaller can inside the larger can and pack the salt & ice around the smaller can. Roll the cans around until the ice cream sets, usually about half an hour. Open and eat. :)

Google “coffee can ice cream” or a variation there of for ideas & recipes. :)

Fonda, don’t beat yourself up. Your plastic waste is almost nonexistent.

As for buying a new mixer… I just want to put out there that appliances made 40 years ago are much more sturdy than the ones made today and built to be repaired instead of replaced. My friend got a secondhand Kitchenaid from eBay and couldn’t be happier. Nowadays, stuff is made to break down. So anyway, keep that in mind for the next appliance purchase. You’ll save money, too.