9 Tips to get more out of your box or bag

  1. Compost your bags: The “plastic” bags we use aren’t actually smelly plastic made from oil products, but rather made of corn starch. This means they are not only biodegradable but also compostable, so you can put them in your regular household compost.
  2. Keep it fresh!: Because the bags are made of corn starch, they are breathable like paper bags, so only appropriate for transport – not storage. Pop the whole bag inside a plastic bag or airtight container in the fridge. if you leave the greens in the cornstarch bag, it acts as a liner, keeping the plastic bag clean for re-use.
  3. Refresh wilted greens: if you pick up your bag/box late or it’s been a warm or windy day, your greens may be a little droopy. Just wet them under the tap, shake off excess water and put them in the fridge in an airtight container. They’ll soon perk up and last the week through.
  4. Change your mind-set: keep in mind that subscribing is not shopping; it’s a different way of eating that gives you a link with the seasons and the earth. That is, don’t expect that you will have the same variety and volumes you would get at the supermarket. But remember: we are blessed to have the opportunity to eat like this!
  5. Be informed: if you’re feeling unsure of whether you’re getting good value, and wondering how we work out the values of each product, you can check out our Price List and Vegetable Pricing Policy on the Channel Living website.
  6. Banish bugs: while aphids in the broccoli are not a welcome sight, we’d rather have bugs than chemicals in our food. Soak the affected vegetable in a bowl of salty water for 5 minutes and then rinse.
  7. Buy more: If there’s items you want more of (especially carrots, potatoes and onions), these items are usually available for sale, so you can purchase extras.
  8. Opt out: If there’s items your household won’t eat, please let us know and we will exchange them for other items (maximum of two opt outs per season)
  9. Share recipes: if you’re unsure what to do with an item, a quick google search will of course give you lots of ideas. However, it’s more fun (and reliable) having tips from someone you know. So if you have any successes with an unusual vegetable, please let Amanda or Beth know or post your recipe and pictures on our Facebook Page so they can be shared with everyone!