How to grow green onions in your kitchen all year round
Extend the life of green onions by regrowing them
How often have you chopped off the green stalks from a bunch of green onions or scallions and tossed the white bottoms in the trash? Did you know that the white bulbs when set upright in a glass of water will regrow when placed in a sunny location in your kitchen or windowsill. This will keep regrowing all year round in your kitchen and is very handy when a recipe calls for it. Just chop off what you need and keep the white ends in the water to regenerate again.
All photos were taken by Bakerwoman (that's me)
Does this look all too familiar? - White bulbs of green onions are often discarded after being chopped away from the green stalks
Do not throw away the white ends of the green onions as these will regenerate new sprouts and reward you with new growths for your next recipe. Save money and let your green onions keep growing green onions for you. It will guarantee not to make you cry.
Regrow the green onions in a glass of water - Here is how to do it
Set the white bulbs upright in a small glass, vase or mason jar with enough water to cover the bottoms. Place in a sunny location in the kitchen or windowsill, replenish with fresh water every 2 days and watch the green onions grow.
In this picture, the white bulbs have rewarded me with green onions in just 2 weeks. Thread-like white roots shoot out of the bottom of the white bulbs which drink most of the water. This is a good reason to keep the glass filled with 2 inches of water at all times.
The shorter growths are only 2 days old and were added to the growing medium after these were used as accompaniments for my Schezuan Mapo Tofu dish.
Of course, you can plant these in the soil but it will still need to be watered. My preferred way is the simplest way--placing the bulbs in a glass water.
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Do you regrow green onions in your home?
Do you have trouble keeping unused green onions fresh in the produce drawer of your refrigerator? - The answer most likely is yes
More often than not, the unused bunch of green onions are forgotten in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. It takes a backseat to the carrots, potatoes, celery stalks that can last longer. By the time a recipe calls for green onions, you reach into the plastic bag and find the stalks wilted, slimy and ready to be tossed out.
How to keep unused green onions fresh in the refrigerator.
1. Wash green onions and pat dry of excess water - Fold paper moist paper towel over green onions
I use the same paper towel that was used to dry the bunch of scallions to keep them moist. This method is good if the green onions are going to be used within a couple of weeks.
Another method is to stick the green onions in a glass of water covered with a plastic bag in the refrigerator. I do not recommend this as it takes up to much space in the shelf and will inadvertently be knocked over.
2. Store the washed green onions with damp paper towel in a resealable plastic bag - Store in the refrigerator until needed
Re-moisten the paper towel when dry and reseal in the plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator drawer until needed. I have tried this and the green onions stayed fresh and firm for 2 weeks.
Freeze chopped green onions stored in a resealable plastic bag.
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