Plastic-free Homesteading

(Feeling pretty capable back in September. Oh, to be young and innocent again.)

A while back a friend asked me how the plastic-free homesteading was going and I said, “Great, between the dismal failures.” Yup, sometimes the pressure cooker stew burns or the bread comes out dense (or mutant, see picture) or the goat milk yogurt does whatever it does that doesn’t involve thickening. Maybe you are already thinking that none of these are failures – they are the signs of a fearless housewife embarking into an unknown country (the Olden Days, remember) and learning much along the way.

That’s right, I am. After a few months of figuring things out as I go, of occasionally melting down and wailing “this is supposed to make me happy,” of serving dal all week for dinner because I just couldn’t think what else to make (I know some of you do that on purpose, but gee whiz, enough’s enough), and of somehow persevering anyways because I made a vow but also because I had a hunch that less waste really could equal more joy, things are looking up.

These days, my bread is coming out positively artisanal thanks to the fabulous and foolproof no-knead method. My dinners are a triumph of creative simplicity (right, honey?). I’m saving the goat milk for cheese making, and using cow milk for the yogurt  because it’s tear proof (and cheap and comes in returnable glass bottles). All of this makes it a lot easier to have warm fuzzy feelings about “doing the right thing.” Which every day becomes less and less novel, and more and more just the way we live.

I know, I know, it looks like I’ve got things under control. But not to worry. I’m sure I’ll burn the soup again soon.

2 Replies to “Plastic-free Homesteading”

  1. healthful, glowing, beautiful mama!
    your bread looks so lovely, i love this lifestyle that you are creating. I steer as far as I can from plastics and packaging but until reading your posts have not fully reflected on just how sneakily plastic enters our home… I look forward to your journey and tips along the way to inspire my journey as well. xo

  2. look how cute you are, kyce!
    this resonates fully with me and i so appreciate your writing it. it sounds similar to how i felt posting about our year of not buying new. we had plenty of “failures,” but really, the challenge was successful, because it made us re-think so much. i can see you are doing the same. (and despite your take-out container post, i made the same screw up days later and felt only mildly appeased by the fact the take out container was the biodegradable version.)
    i am so motivated by your challenge. you are tackling something i have not yet tackled and when i feel stuck, it is nice to read of others doing things i have yet to try, but in a very human way!

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