We did get a lot for our cash though. We replenished all our staples - pasta, beans, dried chickpeas and lentils, all the non-dairy milks in the county apparently, 4 types of flour, and of course plenty of fresh vegetables. Pretty poor on the zero waste scale but there you go.
I did manage to get some spices without all the packaging though, I already have jars at home so I picked up some loose, inexpensive spices from Single Step in Lancaster.
It's pretty easy to tell which is which, the cheaper tea is nowhere near as fine, it's more granular, my usual tea is fine, softer leaves. So I did a taste test. The cheaper tea is fine, although I have to be a little bit more careful with the brewing time as the taste can become a bit too tanniny (I know that's not a word). I'm sure by the time I get to the end of the bag I'll be used to it anyway.
Today is a freezer food preparation day, we are making black bean burgers, falafel, a couple of pasty fillings, and spicy potato wedges, we're also going to be brave and chop up some onions and freeze them raw as I find that, even in the pantry, supermarket onions don't last very long before going a bit manky, then it's all about the roast veg, more onions, mushrooms, lots of peppers and a squash. The added bonus of this is that we get to snack on some roasted squash seeds later this evening *yum*. I think Dan is going to make some dough for the freezer tomorrow too.
This is a new approach we're trying out, usually I prepare meals to freeze, but I have been wondering if freezing ingredients would be more useful, so we're giving it a go and we'll see what happens.