Saturday, February 11, 2012

Frugal Friday (on Saturday again) - Save Your Green Onion Bottoms

So it's not like this idea is going make the difference between wealth and poverty but every little bit counts, right?  Recently I read that green onions can be regenerated.  Simply take the bottoms with the roots and put them in water.  Last weekend I did just that.  Low and behold the onions grew.

See all that green?  That's a week's growth.  I'd say in another few days they'll be ready for harvesting.

It's ideas like these that I need.  Ideas on how to stretch our budget and make the most of what we've got.

Along that line I've been introduced to a book -- An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace.

Per Amazon: "Reviving the inspiring message of M. F. K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf— written in 1942 during wartime shortages—An Everlasting Meal shows that cooking is the path to better eating."

This is perfect.  We cook at home.  We eat leftovers.  But I want to be creative with what remains; use to whole animal (or plant) as it were.  This book has great reviews and I can't wait until my copy arrives on the library hold shelf.

In the meantime I may just start in indoor herb garden.  I found several old pie tins at an estate sale this weekend.  I'd *love* to do this.   So now the question is -- what herbs to grow?

Any suggestions?



...iph... said...

AIGH! I love it! I'll have to try this. I love the idea of an ever-regenerating stash of scallions, man. It seems magical somehow.

I'm reading (slowly) the collected works of MFK Fisher right now. She is fabulous, and I'm particularly looking forward to How To Cook A Wolf, about which I have heard incredibly promising things.

...And for my money, basil would top the list of the indoor herb garden. If only cilantro grew better or longer where we are, that'd be tops on my list. But as it is: basil, parsley, mint are all definites. Maybe rosemary.

Shalet said...

You wouldn't believe how fast they grow. I may never have to by scallions again. As for your suggestions of basil and mint -- I like it. Now to get started ...

Vanessa said...

That's funny, I just bought that book for my Kindle today! I've also been growing my scallions in a jar -- it's fantastic! Just that little bit of living green in my kitchen/dining room makes me smile.