Whether you refer to them as spring onions, scallions or green onions, you no doubt get through quite a few of these delicious little onions during the week, either using as a garnish or as a supporting ingredient in your cooking. Milder in taste than regular onions yet stronger than chives, they are absolutely essential in most of the Asian/Oriental dishes I make for The Hublet, and I chop through a lot of these little beauties.
Which is why I embraced the glorious tip my friend shared with me, informing me that you can actually quite easily grow your own spring onions indoors, with no need for seed beds or pots. I don’t believe I was born with green thumbs and have a history of tormenting Venus Fly Traps, so am not really a nurturing gardener and would rather be able to leave something to its own devices, growing away contentedly without having to endure my meddling prodding and poking.
I’m sure most of you don’t really have a use for the hairy white bulb at the end of the onion (let’s call it Dave), either using only the green stalk or, like me, cutting up and using everything but the very end of the bulb. Well people, you need to face up to the facts that we are in economically scary times, every penny counts (to quote The Mothership, “If you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves.”) and we all have to do our part to embrace a No Waste policy.
Next time you’re using spring onions, leave behind a little more stalk around the bulb (Dave) and follow this method instead of putting Dave into the bin
- Go find yourself a glass jar (The Hublet is a huge fan of Mason jars as he loves the old timey feel of drinking out of one, and swears blind that any drink automatically tastes better when sipped out of a Mason jar, therefore we’ve got a few stored on a shelf).
- Put about an inch of water into the jar.
- Place the spring onion into the jar, with hairy Dave facing down and the cut end sticking up above the water line.
- Put the jar onto a windowsill or some other sunny spot.
- Allow to grow BUT change the water every 1-2 days.
You’ll find that after about 4 days the cut end of the onion will have begun to grow little green shoots, and it’s this part that you can cut off and use as needed in your cooking, leaving the bulb in the jar to continually grow an onion army for you and, if you have the space around the windows of your house, you can do this trick repeatedly (especially if, like me, you get through a lot of onions when cooking).
We need take advantage of little gems of information like this if it will in any way, without our having to invest too many precious pennies, help reduce our weekly/monthly shopping bill one iota.