Have you ever heard of Tetra Pak cartons? I hadn’t heard of them until just the other day, but it turns out, I’ve been using them for a while and I didn’t even know it! Chance are, you have been, too.
Tetra Pak cartons are those heavy-duty paper cartons used to package things like stocks, broth, soup, juice, milk and all sorts of other foods. The folks at Pacific Foods use Tetra Paks and they recently sent me an assortment of items, including organic pumpkin puree, organic chicken stock, and organic jellied cranberry sauce.
Before I get to the goodies I made with the Pacific Foods items, here are a few facts about what makes Tetra Pak cartons great pantry staples for those who enjoy living smart:
- Tetra Pak cartons are made from 70% paper from selectively harvested, re-grown trees. They also use a third of the packaging compared to cans. (They’re better for the environment!)
- They save space in your pantry and are easy to store and open. (Tetra Paks keep your pantry neat and tidy!)
- Tetra Pak cartons use a unique packaging process that preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives. (Product quality is exactly the way it was intended to be!)
- Finally, Tetra Pak cartons are re-closable, which means you can use what you need and save the rest for later. (No more wasted food, which means you save money!)
So what did I do with the Pacific Foods organic pumpkin puree? You can use it to create all sorts of baked goods, of course, by I used mine to make a tasty pumpkin spice coffee creamer. To make the creamer, simply mix 1 cup of milk with 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree, 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice.
I also used the pumpkin puree to make a delicious pumpkin raisin oatmeal breakfast. All you need to do for this morning meal is cook plain oatmeal according to instructions and mix in 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree, 1 tbsp of agave, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and top with a few raisins.
This holiday season, Tetra Pak wants to inspire people to make small, smart decisions when cooking for their families and stocking their pantries. Those decisions start with using the right ingredients, but it also means choosing ingredients in the right packages – like Tetra Pak cartons.
I encourage you all to Become Carton Smart this holiday season – either with small, smart recipes that use ingredients in cartons or by using smart entertaining tips that produce great tasting food with little waste! For inspiration and ideas, follow along Carton Smart’s social media channels, including Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest.
How will you be #CartonSmart this holiday season?