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How to Store Spring Onions

storing spring onions

storing spring onions

Now that spring onions are in season, did you know there’s a special technique on how to store spring onions?  It’s true, there is a special no fuss method you can use to keep your spring onions fresher for longer.  And there’s no special equipment required, or multiple steps to follow.

When I used to buy or pick spring onions I used to put them straight into the fridge as they were, and they tended to wilt within a couple of days, tops.  There really is nothing worse than wilted spring onions when you really fancy an omelette (this recipe is my favourite).  Or my personal favourite way to serve spring onions – finely chopped and sprinkled on buttered potatoes!

How to store Spring Onions

Recently I learned how to store spring onions correctly.  There’s no special magic involved – just give them the cut flowers treatment!  When you pick or buy your spring onions simply keep them in a glass or vase of water on your kitchen counter top.  There’s no need to refrigerate – just keep the water topped up.

Here’s a pictorial representation!

how to store spring onions

Your family and friends might think you’re a bit crazy, but you’ll have the last laugh!  Your spring onions will stay firm and crunchy for around a week using this method, as opposed to lasting a couple of days in the fridge.

As with cut flowers, remember to change the water when it turns cloudy for optimum freshness.

You can also store celery, asparagus and other stalk vegetables in this way to help store them longer.  My kitchen is soon going to resemble a florist!

And did you know you can even regrow your spring onions once you’ve finished with them?!  It’s true – no sorcery involved!

Ps: if you found this articles useful then you’ll also enjoy my post on 10 food waste tips

pps: the glasses were a recent charity shop find!  Aren’t they pretty?

Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

Reduce Food Waste With 10 Easy Tips

tips to reduce food waste

tips to reduce food waste

For my final post for Zero Waste Week I thought I’d round-up all of my food waste tips and turn them into a guide on how to reduce food waste with ten easy tips:

One of my favourite ways to reduce food waste is to dry mushrooms in the oven.  It’s such a great way to preserve any mushrooms you haven’t managed to eat.  Drying mushrooms really intensifies their flavour, and dried mushrooms can be kept in a jar for 6 months or more.  They are so tasty when added to soups, stews, casseroles and chilis:

tips to reduce food waste

Roasting butternut squash seeds, or any other pumpkin/squash seeds, makes a tasty and healthy snack out of something you’d otherwise throw away:

how-to-roast-butternut-squash-seeds

Banana Oat Cookies are a great way to use up black bananas.  They just need three simple ingredients – bananas, oats and peanut butter – but they are so versatile and can be jazzed up with any ingredients you have to hand.  I used coconut and chocolate chips as an alternative.

banana oat cookies uk

Another great way to use up black bananas is with this healthy pancake recipe that I shared the other day.  It’s gluten free and sugar free, but lacks nothing in the taste department!

healthy banana pancakes

This vegan banana ice-cream recipe is yet another great way to use up black bananas.  Simply freeze your bananas when they start to go black in your fruit bowl, then blend them up to make ice-cream.  It couldn’t be easier or tastier!

vegan banana ice cream

This guide to freezing lemons is great for freezing all the parts of the lemon – from the zest to the juice.  You can even free slices for your drinks – I like mine in a gin and tonic, or straight from the freezer in my herbal tea.   I’ve had the cold this week so I’ve been placing the frozen lemon slices in my echinacea tea – it’s a tasty addition!  It also helps cool the tea down to a nice drinking temperature.

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Here’s a simple tip to make berries last longer in your fridge using one strange ingredient!

how to make berries last longer

I never rely on best before dates on eggs, instead I rely on this simple tip to test egg freshness.  All you need is a glass of water!

old egg

Similarly, here’s how to tell if milk is bad:

how to tell if milk is bad

Finally this guide is for anyone wondering what to do with leftover bread?

reduce food waste bread

I hope you enjoyed these 10 easy suggestions to reduce food waste!

What’s your favourite food waste tip?

 

All images my own apart from the milk (Flickr user macInate) and bread Flickr user Manic Street Preacher) images, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0.