Category

Food & Drink

Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

Are you looking to grow snow pea shoots?  You’re in luck! Here’s a guide on how to grow snow pea shoots indoors!

Snow pea shoots are the ultimate in container gardening.  They are also one of the easiest and cheapest things in the whole world to grow.  Let me show you how to grow snow pea shoots indoors so you can see for yourself!

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of snow pea shoots before.  That was until last month when I saw them in a shop for £1.75 for a small bag.  I whipped out my phone and searched on the internet to see what they were.  I discovered that snow pea shoots would be delicious in stir-fries and salads.  And I also found that £1.75 for a bag of shoots is a bit of a rip-off when I could grow my own in a short space of time (and a small space) for much less than £1.75.

So instead I picked up a box of dried peas for the princely sum of 38p and got growing!  A third of a box of dried peas – so less than 13p – got me this bountiful crop:

how to grow snow pea shoots indoors

Here’s how to grow pea shoots so you can have a constant crop of them for not much money.  It’s pretty much fool-proof.  Even if you’re not particularly green-fingered you could do this, and it would be such a fun thing to do with kids as the peas shoot quite quickly, and then they can eat their bounty!

How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors

How to Grow Pea Shoots

Ingredients

  • A box of dried whole peas
  • A tub – any tub will do.  Any plastic food tray such as the kind you get when you buy tomatoes or grapes will work great, and yay – recycling!
  • Compost cotton wool will also work great if you don’t have any compost – although you will need to feed your peas
  • Water

Instructions

  1. To work out how many peas you need place the dried peas into the empty (soil free) tub of your choosing – ensuring the peas are densely packed in one layer only.
  2. Empty the peas into a glass of water to soak overnight.  Don’t skip this step.  We did the first time round and the peas never came to anything.
  3. The next day drain your peas and line your tub with a layer of compost or cotton wool (perhaps a centimetre thick)
  4. Add your peas.
  5. And there you go – leave on a sunny window ledge, and water when the compost or cotton wool feels a bit dry.  That’s all it takes to grow pea shoots – it really is as easy as that!  You could cover them with a clear plastic tub (again, like a fruit tray) to trap heat.  It should only take about five or six days to get to a good height, ready for eating.

This was our batch of snow pea shoots after only a day and a half:

snow pea shoots

As you can see, they shoot fast!

A little tip – if you use cotton wool you’ll need to feed the peas.  We used cotton wool and the growth of our peas stalled at a few centimeters until we fed them with some cold black rooibos tea, and then they lept up in leaps and bounds.

Once your snow pea shoots are a few inches high, cut and enjoy!  Don’t leave them too long before cutting as once they get a bit taller and the stems thicken they start to taste quite bitter, which isn’t what you want at all!

snow peas

As the internet told me, snow pea shoots are delicious in stir-fries and salads. However, I’ve also found they are tasty on pizzas, in pasta, and in sandwiches.  They taste intensely of pea, which, as a pea lover, is no bad thing.

The good thing about snow pea shoots is as they are grown indoors you can have a constant crop all year round.  After about three days into the growing cycle of the first batch simply sow another batch in another tub.

So there you go, that’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for under 50 pence!  Hap-pea growing! ;)

ps: other ideas to how to grow your own food cheaply!

Food & Drink

Palm Oil Update

palm oil

Palm oil, it’s pretty pervasive stuff, isn’t it.  

After writing my post on the importance of reducing our consumption of palm oil, I had a look through my cupboards.  I was shocked to see just how many foods had it in them.  A bag of raisins?  Covered in the stuff.  Oatcakes?  Full of oil.  Crackers.  Naan breads. Garlic bread.  So much so that they’re practically dripping in the stuff.

But to be completely honest, trying to reduce our consumption of palm oil has been difficult.  Really difficult.  If not impossible.  I think it’s easier to start slow and replace some things as you go, rather than trying to cut it all out completely.  I’m not sure if we’d eat and clean and wash otherwise.  It’s not helped when you email companies to ask if any/which of their products are palm oil free and weeks later you still haven’t had a response.  Hello Lush and Little Me Organics.

I have had some joy in replacing some products and foodstuffs with palm oil free stuff.  It’s such a minefield though.  With 30 different names for palm oil I can’t be certain, so please don’t take my word for it that these products are indeed 100% free from oil:

palm oil free shopping guide

Food

Equal Exchange peanut butter – my daughter loves peanut butter but the Sunpat stuff she took a liking to is full of sugar and salt.  I was buying Whole Earth peanut butter before as it’s unsugared and unsalted.  Then I found out it too contains palm oil.  Instead, I found this one, which is unsugared, unsalted, and palm oil free.

Mackies Crisps (available at Sainsbury’s) – made with sunflower oil.

Walkers Crisps – made with sunflower oil

Divine Chocolate – too delicious for words

Weetabix – the classic cereal 

Ready Brek and generally any other plain oat cereal (i.e. no chocolate, raisins, or other additions)

Dorset Cereals – all varieties (click on the link to read Dorest Cereal’s palm oil policy).

Toiletries

Sarakan Toothpaste* –  has an unusual taste and texture that takes a bit of getting used to.  However, it is palm oil-free, unlike other brands of natural toothpaste, like Kingfisher.

Cleaning Products

Bio D cleaning products* – palm oil-free products that cover the whole spectrum of cleaning and washing. From dishwashing liquid, kitchen cleaner, laundry liquid, and dishwasher powder for the kitchen.  And for the bathroom, bathroom cleaner and hand soap.  These come in at a more affordable price.  I think it’s around £4.55 for 1 litre of laundry liquid and £1.88 for washing up liquid.

Ecos Laundry Liquid –  does 50 loads of washing.  Bargain.  It also smells lovely.

The Worst Offenders

I was genuinely shocked when I looked at a bag of raisins (a favourite snack in our house).  It turns out palm oil is used as a glazing agent.  Consequently, my favourite cereal, Fruit and Fibre, is out.  And to be honest I’m a little wary of anything with raisins in them.  I’ll replace this with porridge or Dorset Cereals when I’m feeling flush.

I will share any other foodstuffs and products I come across, and if you have any you want to share then please do in the comments below.  I also plan to update you in a little while with how I’m getting on.

NB: This article was written in 2013 when there were considerably fewer resources about palm oil and palm oil free products.  As such there may be errors contained here as things change.  This page is no longer updated – this post is a much more up-to-date resource.