A key value of Jess Cooks from the outset was to use the same standard of ingredients that I would use in the food I cook at home. When it comes to meat this means keeping it local, and as high welfare as I can afford.

Food Trays

That’s why where possible I’ve chosen to use local ingredients to cut down on the food miles, but most importantly I wanted to use the most sustainable packaging I could find. I spent a year researching and testing different types of receptacle, from recyclable plastic pots to biodegradable trays made from sugarcane. But none of them ticked all of the boxes. 

Finally I came across Southern Cross Packaging, whose innovative new type of food trays are ovenproof, freezer safe and microwaveable. Most importantly they’re made from a plastic coated cardboard, which once rinsed can be recycled along with all your other cardboard and paper, just like a fruit juice carton. The cardboard sleeves are also 100% recyclable. The only thing I haven’t managed to crack yet is the plastic film, but believe me I’m working on it!