Monday, December 23, 2013

Be #CartonSmart with Tetra Pak by Pacific Foods

This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

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This holiday season, amidst all of the opening of presents, lighting of candles, singing of carols and giving of thanks, there will no doubt be a great deal of eating. That's one tradition that is completely universal, right?

But while deciding on the menu or keeping yourself from going back for seconds (and thirds) might seem like the biggest decisions for the day, there is actually one more that can make quite a difference: whether or not to Become Carton Smart.

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Did you realize how many amazing food products for your holiday meals you can get in a carton? Pacific Foods wants to inspire people to make small, smart decisions when cooking for their families and stocking their pantries and their Tetra Pak cartons are the perfect way to do just that!

Tetra Pak cartons are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) and use of the packaging as compared to cans. At the same time, the cartons are space-saving, easy to store and open, are fully recyclable and result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.

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But, when it comes to your cooking, the unique packaging process of Tetra Pak cartons also preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives. The product quality is exactly the way it was intended to be, your recipe tastes delicious and the cartons are even re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.

While I wasn't previously familiar with Pacific Foods and Tetra Pak cartons, they sounded like exactly what I would like to welcome into my kitchen!

Pacific Foods Tetra Pak

Whether you are making pumpkin pie, green been casserole, or simply want an easy way to dress up the must-have cranberry loaf on the table, there is a Tetra Pak carton that will work for you!  

While all three of the varieties of Tetra Pak cartons that arrived here were making my mouth water, I knew that this holiday season it would be quick and easy to swap out a can for a carton of Organic Pumpkin Puree in my go-to pumpkin bread recipe.

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Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

pumpkin bread ingredients

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

pumpkin bread

Yum, yum and yum!

This pumpkin bread is moist and delicious and, by using the Tetra Pak carton, I love knowing that it is also a smart choice for my family and our planet!

pumpkin bread recipe

How can you be #CartonSmart this holiday season?

Follow along with #CartonSmart and Tweet @CartonSmart as well as Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest and Instagram to find even more ways Tetra Pak carton packages, designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, are one small way to live smarter.

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slehan said...

I like those cartons and buy Pacific brands often. My only problem is that they are re-sealable if I only use part of the contents.

slehan at juno dot com

Janet W. said...

I haven't bought these products before. The pumpkin bread looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

we buy in bulk to reduce packaging. Good for pacific foods!

Anne said...

I don't recall seeing the Pacific brand in any stores around here, but I love the cartons and will keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the heads-up. And your pumpkin breads came out great!

Unknown said...

I like your recipe for pumpkin bread. Thanks for sharing it.

slehan said...

They had organic milk in a tetra pack at Costco today. I wonder what the difference is between that and the kind in the refrigerator?

slehan at juno dot com

Unknown said...

I appreciate that the cartons are fully recyclable. I always feel slightly annoyed when I have to remove plastic or throw something out because it's not completely or even partially able to be recycled.

GoGreen said...

Nice to see this type of packaging. The pumpkin bread looks delicious. I want to make it.