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Delicious DIY party treats - without the packaging

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Making your own party food and drinks is not only better for the environment, it's better for your health, heaps of fun - and often saves you money too. So enjoy the socialising - without the rubbish - and get into making your own DIY party treats this summer!

DIY Carbonated drinks - Soda Stream

Soda stream

Yes, we know there is controversy around Soda Stream having their factory situated on the East Bank. We've decided to leave you all to decide whether you wish to boycott it because of that.

Our focus is on products that reduce environmental impact, and to our knowledge there is no other product similar to Soda Stream that allows you to never buy bottled fizzy drinks again - and for that, we love it.

So if you want to take fizzy drinks along to your next social event - a Soda Stream is a great option. Make sure you have some Twin Pack bottles on hand as well, pre-filled and pre-fizzed in the fridge, ready to take out with you wherever you go.

Half our Soda Stream customers drink just carbonated water, with or without a little splash of lemon juice or juice. The other half like a sweet fizzy drink, and for that you can sweeten with any kind of cordial - shop bought or home made. Out favourite is our home made lemon and lime cordial; because you add the syrup yourself you can make it just right to your taste!

The end result is that you can make and store your own fizzy drinks in the can even take your Soda Stream machine camping and you have an endless supply of soft drink at a fraction of the cost.

Making your own icy-poles

Holly recently wrote a fantastic blog on this! She did write it before we started stocking the awesome Munch Icy Pole Moulds but the same recipes are perfect for either option. Remember - when you make your own icy-poles with our Zipzicle kits, you can avoid all the flavouring and colouring found in shop bought icy-poles, and even sugar too if you wish. The limit is your imagination - your kids will get such a kick out of creating their own weird and wonderful treats. Plus of course, both the Zipzicle ziplock pouches and the Munch Icy Pole Moulds are re-usable, meaning lass waste to landfill.

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Make your own dips - and take them in leak-free reusable containers

Hmmmm....I've never known anyone not to like warm home made bean dip with crackers. Plus, when you make your own you avoid having to deal with all the packaging, from the metal tear off seal to the plastic tub and lid.

Take your home made dip along in a Stainless Steel Kids Konserve leak-proof container, which you can wash and re-use time after time...and serve with a Bamboo utensil.

Bamboo utensil Kids Conserve nesting trio of containers KIds Konserve leak proof containers

Here's how to make your own and avoid the packaging - not to mention the shops:

White bean dip (delicious recipe courtesy of David

  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces, 225g) dried white beans (cook them in a pressure cooker for fast and easy results)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) bean cooking liquid
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • generous pinch of red pepper powder
  • Put everything into a blender and blend until completely smooth, which will take several minutes. You’ll need to stop the machine a few times and scrape down the sides. Taste, and adjust for seasoning, adding more salt or olive oil if desired. If it’s too thick, add a tablespoon or so of the reserved bean liquid or olive oil. Garnish with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a scattering of fresh chopped herbs.

White bean dipWaxed wraps or food covers to keep the flies and dust away

No matter what yummy treats you are making, there's no need to fall back on clingwrap to cover your bowls - there are a range of really practical, reusable covers you can use in all sizes big and small. Bee Keep Wax wraps are simply cotton coated in beeswax; you mould them over the lid of your bowl and they keep away air, insects and dust. 4MyEarth food covers are made from cotton covered with a food grade lining, that you can wash by hand or in the washing machine, and reuse for years.

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 Baby food, mayonnaise or salad dressing for your picnic?

Even for messy, runny foods we have some perfect solutions that will keep your events healthy and tasty yet packaging-free.  My Squeeze silicone reusable food pouches are great for baby foods (also for frozen yoghurt), and also for other potentially runny foods like homemade Mayo, sauce or salad dressings.  Or you could go for a Kids Konserve food thermos - it won't leak and will keep your warm foods warm or your cool/frozen foods cool/frozen.

My Squeeze My Squeeze Kids Konserve insulated food container

What party is complete without a nice, refreshing drink?

Alcoholic or non-alcoholic, it doesn't long as you can have a nice refreshing drink to share with friends. Why not make your own? Whether it's Ginger Beer, Pear Cider, Spiced Apple Cider or Elderflower Cider, it'll be delicious, save you money AND you'll re-use the bottles for your next batch - no waste.

Pear Cider Pear Cider Cider kit

How about some home made cheese!

We ran a Cheese Making course here at the shop with Janelle from Mad Millie, and she made us fresh Ricotta cheese - it was AMAZING! Still warm, and so, so much better than any other Ricotta I've ever tasted before.  You can make Ricotta, and many other cheeses too, with a Mad Millie  Artisan Cheese Kit (or one of the smaller kits).

Mad Millie Artisan Cheese Kit Ricotta Cheese Various home made cheeses

You're almost sorted....but what about some delicious dried fruits or tomatoes to add to the cheese platter?

With a Fowlers Dehydrator, not only can you dehydrate and store all your excess produce, but you can also create delicacies to treat your friends. Home dried tomatoes, packed in local olive oil and then served with crushed garlic and fresh herbs sprinkled on top - yumm! Or the kids will gobble down dried apple rings, syrupy sweet dried pear or fruit straps.

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So - make a host of home-made, delicious DIY party treats- and enjoy the party!

Written by Lucinda Flynn of Going Green Solutions

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