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It was only recently that I became familiar with the Tetra Pak concept, so don’t be discouraged if you’re feeling a little clueless right now. Tetra Pak carton food packaging is designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness.
It was only recently that I became familiar with the Tetra Pak concept, so don’t be discouraged if you’re feeling a little clueless right now. Made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), Tetra Pak carton food packaging is designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness.
But these cartons have benefits beyond the environment! Just a few impressive facts:
- Tetra Pak cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans… or even an egg!
- Cartons are space saving, easy to store and open.
- The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives.
- Recycleable and actually produce 60% less landfill waste than cans.
- Cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.
Tetra Pak In Action
Pacific Foods sent me a variety of their products that utilize the Tetra Pak carton packaging, including their organic pumpkin puree, jellied cranberry sauce, and chicken stock.
I can’t say that I’ve ever had cranberry sauce from a carton, so I chose to try it first. I spied a recipe on the back of the carton for Cranberry Pecan Crunch Squares that sounded delicious, and decided to give it a go.
I was a bit surprised to find that the jellied cranberry sauce was a little runnier than what I’m used to, but I actually decided that I like this consistency much better. It seems more natural and it made it really easy to spread over the bottom crust of the cranberry oatmeal squares.
It was only after I started making the recipe that I realized that I didn’t quite have exactly the ingredients the recipe called for — so I improvised, of course. I don’t know just how good the recipe is as written on the box, but my adapted version of these cranberry oatmeal bars is fantastic!