Pretzels! ZeroWaste Snacking

Got this recipe from Zero Waste Chef. She already gives a really good description on the instructions. First time using yeast, so that is something I need to get used to. I don’t think my water was hot enough for soaking the yeast, then I think I soaked the dough in too much oil. But even with a few “bumps,” they came out so good!

Snacks you get in stores come in so much packaging! Not only that, there are so many additives. All the way around, mass-produced snack food for kids is mostly terrible! Even the “so-called” healthy snack food companies are pretty bad. And once again – SO MUCH packaging!

So, having some recipes for favorite snack foods is great! For busy moms, this may seem like a hassle – but for older kids, it’s a fun activity!

Recipe copied here for convenience, but full credit to Zero Waste Chef:
Link to original recipe here.


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (100° to 105° F)
  • 2 to 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt plus more for sprinkling
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside for a bout 10 minutes, until yeast becomes foamy.
  2. Combine 2 cups white flour, whole wheat flour and salt. When the yeast is ready, stir it into the flour mixture. Add more white flour as needed to make a stiff dough.
  3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and knead by hand for 7 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form a ball.
  4. Grease a bowl with olive oil. Place dough ball in the bowl and turn right side up to coat the entire ball in oil. Place a towel over the bowl and set bowl aside, preferably in a warm spot in the kitchen. Let the dough rise for about an hour and a half, or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 475°F and grease two cookie sheets.
  6. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a rope, about 20 inches long and then twist into a pretzel shape. Lightly press the ends of the rope into the pretzel.
  7. Bring water to a boil in a pot and dissolve the baking soda. Drop in pretzels one or two at a time and boil for about a minute. Drain and transfer to a baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle pretzels with salt. (You can also sprinkle them for cinnamon and sugar in lieu of salt.) Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

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