ask eric: recycling kitchen paper - how to clean cast iron
Dear Eric: I love your informative article about the use of paper in cooking, but I often wonder about the recycling of these materials.
If the parchment is fairly clean, I have put it in a blue bag;
I'll put it in the compost if it has food residue, but I'm not sure it's the right thing to do.
I don't know what to do with wax paper.
I would appreciate it if you could give your opinion.
Dear Linnet: the article you are referring to was published on March 2.
It discusses how wax paper and parchment paper are used in cooking.
But as highlighted in your question, one of the topics I missed is how or if you can recycle them.
In order to find the answer, I checked with the capital area.
CRD expert hotline, 250-360-
3030, you can call it if you have any recycling query.
There is also a handy recycling guide crd on the site. bc.
What provides me with concise information at CRD is the planner of environmental resource management, parks and environmental services, Anke Bergner.
As wax paper and parchment paper are coated, they are considered contaminants and are not accepted in the CRD Blue Box project, she said.
So even if it's clean, don't put them in the bin with your newspaper and other acceptable paper items.
In areas where CRD has a green bin project, you can throw food
Dirty parchment paper, but not wax paper, and your food scraps and other compost items. Why?
Bergner says this is because parchment paper has no wax coating, and it breaks down faster than wax paper during composting.
There is a problem, though.
If parchment paper is not broken down when the material in the processing facility is cured, it will be screened out and treated as garbage, Bergner said.
Some sources suggest, like anything you compost, that if the parchment is chopped or torn into smaller pieces, it will compost faster.
This is something to consider when putting it in your green trash can or your home's compost pile.
Where you live also determines what you should do with wax paper and parchment paper.
"There are all kinds of houses, many
Household and commercial recycling and kitchen waste projects in Vancouver Island area and municipalities.
"There is no standardized answer at the moment," Bergner said . ".
For this reason, it is better to check with your own area to determine what is not allowed and what is not, she said.
For example, the Nanaimo region accepts green parchment and wax paper --
Bin program because they have the processing technology to handle both.
For your own compost wax paper, according to information from the expansion department of Montana State University (msuextension. org)
, Wax paper will not break down effectively, you may find the remaining wax blocks in the compost pile.
Other sources say it will eventually break down, but you should keep in mind that the paraffin wax used in wax paper is oilDerivative products.
According to an article in The Washington Post entitled "parcel", paraffin wax is very similar to the one used to make non-bees-
Wax candle, but it is more delicate and more suitable for food use.
The article also pointed out that food
Some fruits and vegetables, such as radishes and apples, also frequently use grade paraffin to increase the shelf life.
That is, if the wax in wax paper is oil, it bothers you a lot.
You can make derivative products with soybean wax paper. One U. S.
If you care about eco-friendly products, its manufacturer says the soybean wax is clean, safe and not
Toxic and biodegradable.
However, their products are not readily available in Canada and I can't find the soy wax paper sold by another manufacturer in Victoria.
I did find some items available for ordering online.
Amazon, for example.
Ca stock chef selects brand soy wax paper.
Of course, if you don't want to worry about how to deal with food --
Dirty wax paper or parchment paper, you can choose recipes that you don't need, such as the big hali fish today.
Next Sunday I will answer the reader's questions about the use and recycling of aluminum foil.
Roast big hali fish and asparagus in a frying pan
Seasoning cast iron frying pan is generally considered a non-originalstick pan.
Before baking something like a fish, there is no need to queue up with parchment paper --
If you don't want to worry about how to deal with that piece of paper after cooking on paper, it's a good thing.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 12 to 15 minutes production: 2 copies (5 to 6 oz. /150 to 180 g)
Hali fish fillets 4 teaspoons of olive oil 4 to 6 asparagus spears, trimmed and covered (see Note)
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 small garlic cloves and 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh dill. The crushed cayenne pepper, salt and white pepper Preheat the oven to 400F.
Pour 2 teaspoons of olive oil into 10-
Inch cast iron frying pan and rotate it to cover the bottom of the pan.
Set, halibut, skin friendly
Side down, in a frying pan.
Put two or three asparagus spears on top of each fish.
Mix the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill and Cayenne in a small bowl.
Sprinkle the mixture on the fish and asparagus and season it with salt and pepper.
Grilled fish for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked.
Place the fish and asparagus on the plate, place them on the juice in the pan with a spoon, and serve them.
Note: drop the asparagus blan and cook it in boiling water for two minutes.
Put the asparagus in the ice.
Cold water, then drain again.
The asparagus is available now.
Eric Akis is the author of hardcover books and everyone can cook everything.
His column appears in the Life section on Wednesday and Sunday.