One challenge I have come across is using food scraps and ultimately, making as little waste as possible when cooking.
Although I use my compost bin daily, I’ve been determined to use my scraps in another sustainable and exciting way.
After doing some research, I found out that you can easily regrow vegetable scraps right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
I’ve been growing jars and jars of scallions in the past few weeks, and without any effort.
To regrow your scallions/green onions, follow these easy steps:
When you use your scallions, save the roots, and part of the white portion (up until where it is pale green)
Place these pieces in a jar with shallow water- you want them sticking straight up and not fully submerged!
You’ll never believe how easy this step is. Leave them alone!
They will start to sprout within 3-4 days and will keep growing
You can keep them in your jar and cut and use them as you cook or replant in a pot with soil
*the photo attached is the amount of growth after just 6 days!
I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to reuse your kitchen “scraps” and regrow them! There are far more vegetables you can regrow including: carrots, radishes, garlic, celery and romaine lettuce in a similar way. Check out the links below to learn more.
Another fun project is growing a plant from your avocado pit:
Although these plants would take around 40 years to grow an avocado tree and wouldn’t survive in this Minnesota climate, they make a cute houseplant and are another example of finding beauty in our food scraps.
Try this project for yourself:
Remove your avocado pit and rinse clean
Find the bottom of the pit (the more flat end)- this is where the roots will form
Pierce the pit with 3 toothpicks, placed evenly around the pit and facing slightly downward- this will allow you to submerge the bottom half of your avocado in water while the top half is left unsubmerged
Place on a windowsill with sunlight - changed the water every 3-5 days
Be patient: you will notice a crack form and the outer brown skin of the pit will fall off
Through the crack, a root will emerge
Steps 5 & 6 can take up to 8 weeks, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away
Enjoy your new houseplant, grown straight from the food you ate!
Here are some more links on how to regrow your seemingly “useless” kitchen scraps:
And...Tips for a Zero-Waste Kitchen: