Needed for fruit cakes, christmas puds and mince pies but not so easy to get plastic free. Here are your options…

The Nut Shop Leeds Market also offers a wide range of nuts and dried fruit, even loose sprinkles for cakes. By weight. Details HERE

If you cannot get to Leeds you can try
Wholefood Market a supermarket chain
Weigh & Save shops a UK franchise
And other loose food outlets as listed below

Loose Food A to Z

Find out if a shop near you sells bulk food loose. This is stuff that that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt. And yes these shops do exist in the U.K. There’s just not many of them.
Heres alist of towns with shops selling loose food.


While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags.

Make Your Own

I’m not such a huge fan of candied peel but I love

Fiery Fruity Ginger Bits

I add them to my home made mincemeat. This recipe is two for the price of one as it also gives you

A Sour Sort Of Mixer
I make this and use the left over peel and ginger in place of candied peel. I guess you could leave out the ginger.
In a pan put
Peel of an orange and a lemon no white pith cut into strips
Ginger cut into pieces – rather depends on how old the ginger is (fresher is stronger), and how much you like it.
Add the juice of one lemon
And some water
Boil up with sugar to taste.

Strain off the liquid. This can be used a sweet yet tangy mixer that tastes rather good with fizzy water as a soft drink or better still fizzy water and vodka!

Fiery Fruity Ginger Bits
The peel and ginger is now softer and easy to eat. It is sweeter and has now lost some of its flavor but still packs a fiery punch. It can be added to other dishes as a kind of seasoning. Go easy!

Proper Candied Peel

Make your own – I have never tried this and  possibly never will but the zero waste chef  whose advice I trust if example I cannot emulate, does it so I leave you in her capable hands!

And then you can use it in your home madesweet mincemeat – plastic free recipe here.


Who knew? Baking – it’s not that bad!  Check out the plastic free cook book here

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