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Pizza Rolls



Don’t have a fire going? S’more lovers do not need to worry! This is a great alternative to the classic s’more, as well it’s a great recipe to get the kids involved in. Print Recipe S’mores Course Appetizers Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 0 Servings people Ingredients 1 bag chocolate chips1 bag marshmallows1 sleeve graham crackerslollipop sticks Course Appetizers Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 0 Servings people Ingredients 1 bag chocolate chips1 bag marshmallows1 sleeve graham crackerslollipop sticks Instructions In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring a small amount of water to a high simmer. Place the chocolate chips in heat proof bowl and place the jar in the water. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted and then remove from water. Place the graham crackers in a Ziplock bag and crush into a fine crumb, then transfer the crumbs to a bowl Skewer one marshmallow onto a lollipop stick, dip it in the melted chocolate, then roll it in the graham cracker crumbs. Place the s’mores on a parchment paper to dry. Recipe Notes

Chocolate & Almond Bark

Yum! Chocolate and almond bark is definitely a recipe you need to try this holiday season, it will easily become one of your top go to’s. Print Recipe Chocolate & Almond Bark Course Appetizers Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped almonds2 cup milk chocolate chips1 tbsp shortening Course Appetizers Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped almonds2 cup milk chocolate chips1 tbsp shortening Instructions Line a 9x13in baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Put chopped almonds in a pan. Cook, stirring often over medium high heat, until golden brown and remove from heat. In metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate chips and shortening until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in half the toasted almonds. Spread onto the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining almonds, and chill 30 minutes, or until solid. Break into bite-sized pieces. Recipe Notes

Caramel Twists

A great twist on our favourite popcorn twists or puffs. Adding a homemade caramel sauce creates a tasty treat that you can’t step away from. Print Recipe Caramel Twists Course Snack Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1.2 lb butter1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup light corn syrup1 tsp. baking soda1 bag popcorn twists Course Snack Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Servings Meal Cubes Ingredients 1.2 lb butter1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup light corn syrup1 tsp. baking soda1 bag popcorn twists Instructions Preheat oven to 250F Place popcorn twists into large roasting pan. Next, using a saucepan cook together for 2 minutes the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Add baking soda to the mixture, which will cause it to foam. Allow the foam to cook down slightly and remove from heat. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn twists and stir until evenly mixed. Place in oven for 45 minutes, stirring at least every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour onto wax paper, allow to cool slightly and break apart. Recipe Notes

Back 2 School Litterless Lunch Recipe Book

Looking to print or share Wean Green’s Litterless Lunch Recipes? Check out the our recipe book below (psst…click on fullscreen to enlarge!)

Snack Mix

Keep a handy treat like this snack mix in your car or purse for sudden cravings!

Toasted Eggs

These toasted eggs are so simple to make and perfect for back-to-school days!

Benefits of Using Tempered Glass Containers

Tempered Glass is simply glass that has been strengthened during the manufacturing stage.  There are several advantages to using tempered glass and it should be the only glass used in safety applications and applications that require a lot of temperature changes (such as freezing and heating). Tempered Glass is Freezer Safe Tempered glass is designed to be able to be frozen.  Regular glass is not designed to withstand sudden and drastic temperature changes. When non-tempered (or regular) glass is frozen it has a large probability of breaking off into microscopic shards and entering your food.  Tempered glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass When you accidentally drop tempered glass on your hard wood floor the chances of it breaking are extremely less than that of regular glass! If you drop a drinking glass on a hard floor it will probably break. Tempered glass is normally designed to be able to withstand large drops (up to 4′) Tempered glass is microwavable When you heat non-tempered glass there are micro air bubbles and as they get hotter they will expand to the point where they blow up (trust me!).  Because tempered glass has been treated to withstand heating there are no micro air bubbles that allow it to blow up.  With ALL glass, tempered or not, it is still susceptible to thermal cooling shock.  One example of thermal cooling shock is when a hot container is thrown in a bowl of cold water, it will break! Tempered Glass is infinitely recyclable  Continued proper use will not cause tempered glass to breakdown.  It can go from the freezer to the microwave to the dishwasher six times a day and still obtain its strength.  When non-tempered glass is used in such applications it is even more susceptible to breakage. Glass is made out of recycled glass. So even if you do break a container-put it in the recycling! One of the reasons that tempered glass is used in many safety applications (such as windshields) is that it breaks in a specific pattern that is less harmful than that of other types of glass.  When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into small, circular pebble type pieces instead of breaking into shards and splinters that have sharp edges. Tempered Glass has NO Chemical Migration While tempered glass is superior to regular glass for food storage it is also superior to all other food packaging materials such as plastic, stainless steel, Styrofoam, and cardboard due to its recycling qualities as well as chemical compositions. Tempered glass is free of BPA, PVC’s, Phthalates +. Think of a plastic container with tomato sauce-the plastic will go into your food just as easy as the tomato sauce stains the plastic. That isn’t possible with glass because it is non-porous.  Are Commercial Baby Food Jars Tempered? Over the short course of business we have had many people ask us why we didn’t simply buy commercial baby food in glass jars and then reuse those jars.  It is extremely important to note that commercial baby food jars […]

Wean Green Smack DOWN!

Here is a little showing off. These are a few of our favorite smack down tests. This one was aired live on ABC 7 Chicago news! Our awesome Canadian Distributor, Soko, drops a container on the ground and loves the reaction;) These took a beating in the OhDeeDoh Test Lab. Check out the results here. And lastly, here is what we REALLY do on our work trips;)

New Years Contest

This January we challenge you to recycle all of your plastic food containers and replace them with glass! We want to see all your cupboards filled with safe, environmentally friendly food storage options. If you are not sure why you should be ditching the plastic containers check out some of these posts from last year:chemicals in plastics, BPA free does not make it safe, and the benefits of using tempered glass food storage. How to win the Wean Green Glasslock restock your cupboards prize pack! 1. Get all your plastic food storage into your recycling bin. 2. Take a picture of you getting rid of your plastics. 3. Send us your picture via email, facebook or even twitter. We will update the blog weekly with all the awesome entries. 4. Share the picture with friends and family with the contest link to encourage them to do the same. 5. Contest Closes January 30th at noon mst. 6. There are 2 prize packs. We will randomly choose one winner. The second winner will be chosen for the most ‘creative’ entry! 7. All contests are open to everyone. If you know someone that needs to clean the plastic out of their home please share this!  

BPA Free is not Equivalent to Safe Plastic!

I recently had a friend tell me that she doesn’t heat up her food in plastic, its just for storage…. I think that the BPA publicity has put a bit of a blinder on consumers about the rest of the chemicals that are leached from plastics. I recently read a great article on Discovery News that unveils some more research about the effects of some other chemicals that leach into our food from plastics. I think one of the most important things in the article is that they tested the plastic BEFORE it went through the elements! Although the advice still stays the same for those who will continue to use plastic to hold food and drinks- “Avoid heating plastics, leaving them in the sun, putting hot materials in them or putting them through other stresses if you’re planning to eat or drink their contents.” Check out the full article: Even BPA-Free Plastics Not Always Safe written by Emily Stohn Read a previous post about SEM-the Next BPA

Peas, Carrots, Rice and Chemicals

Isn’t it great when you grow your own veggies cook up an amazing stir fry and find you have some left over for the next day?  Depending on what you store your leftovers in you may be adding some unwanted chemicals into that amazing (and once healthy) stir fry. BPA is probably the most unpopular chemical involuntarily added into our food from containers.  Read my other post on Canada’s BPA ban to learn a bit more about that.  Obviously Wean Green has done their homework on the importance of not storing food in plastics!  Although we only carry the one size of glass container I do encourage you and your family to use your plastic food containers to store non-food items and replace them with glass.  You can purchase glass containers almost anywhere you can purchase plastic ones! A couple of things to look for when you are purchasing glass food containers: –          Tempered glass- this ensures that you can reheat your leftovers without the glass exploding.  It also allows you to freeze the glass with no consequence –          BPA free lids and silicone seals- your food will still come into some contact with the lids so ensure you are protected against this nasty chemical! –          Microwave safe lids only mean that the lid will not melt in the microwave, this does not mean that if you place the lid in the microwave that it will not leach any chemicals into your food.  BPA is not the only chemical found in plastic! Don’t microwave the lid! –          Glass is breakable, always read the warnings and care instructions with your containers.