Thursday, February 11, 2016

Regrowing Food from Scraps in Water in Your Own Kitchen

Who hates spending money on produce???


Well, everyone, I assume.

Food is expensive, but there are ways to cut your grocery budget. Regrowing produce in water is one of the easiest ways to do it.

Really, all you need are some clean glass jars, maybe some glass marbles for the bottom of the jar, water, and a nice spot in your kitchen that gets at least partial sunlight. That's it!

Leeks, Green Onions & Celery

Here is a list of easy to regrow produce:

  • Celery - Cut off the tops and rest the bottom of the celery bundle in shallow water at room temperature. Some varieties of lettuce can also be regrown this way. Romaine works the best. Regrowth can take a few weeks.
  • Green Onions/Scallions/Leeks - Put the bottoms in water at room temperature, cut off what you need as you use it. This technique is my personal favorite and lasts quite a long time. Green onions and scallions can grow quite fast this way. Leeks take a bit longer. 
  • Lemongrass - Use the tops, place the bottoms of the root in water at room temperature. It grows just as fast this way as ordinary grass would outdoors.
  • Many herbs can be regrown in water from cuttings as well. Place the cut herbs in a jar with water. As roots develop, you can plant them in soil, or just ride it out as long as they grow in the water. I've had the best luck with basil, rosemary, cilantro and sage this way. 

If the water starts to look murky, rinse the jar and change it. Green onions, scallions and leeks may have some dead outer layer shed off as time passes. Just peel them off and put it back in the water. 

It is also possible to grow produce from cuttings in soil as well, or to harvest seeds from what you buy and plant them. I will try and get some of those posts done in the near future.

Happy growing!

1 comment:

  1. I do this with green onion, especially in the winter when they're harder to get in my neck of the woods!


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