Did you know that you can regrow food in water? Well it’s not a secret anymore. Read this article to find out 10 simple ways you can use to regrow food in water.
Just like the time I first found out about regrowing food with water, you must be itching to learn how to do it. I once walked into my friend’s kitchen to see she has grown lettuce in a bowl of water. When my inquisitive head asked, she taught me everything about the methods of food regrowth in water. And as I learned about it further, I got to know that lettuce is not the only thing you can grow without dirt, but there’s many more.
This is a great news for most of us who buy organic vegetables. Because with this method, we can actually get more than what we pay for at the store.
Why Regrow Food in Water?
Well, why shouldn’t you? Here are a number of great reasons for you to know why you should start regrowing food in water today itself.
- It’s completely free.
Since you’re using veggies you have already purchased at the store and a little bit of water, it literally doesn’t cost you anything. But if you feel that the water you use can cost you a little, you can use the bit of water that gets wasted until you wait for the shower to get hot or the water that remains after boiling pasta.
- It reduces your grocery budget.
I know that regrowing food in water doesn’t give you a huge harvest. Even though it’s as little as a few leaves of lettuce, it still matters. Because all the little things when put together can save you a lot per year.
- Makes organic food more affordable.
If you start to regrow with organic food, what you get from the regrowth is also organic food. So getting healthier food has never been this easy.
- It’s easy.
I don’t think I have to explain how simple it is to regrow food in water. You only have to put the veggies in a bowl of water and watch it grow. The vegetables listed in this article can grow in water alone. Although there are certain foods that can start growing in water but needs to be transplanted in soil, these only need water. You may say that beans also grow their sprouts in water, but all the vegetables listed here make more of the same vegetable without changing, only with the help of water.
Guidelines for the process
- Only a little bit of water is enough for the process. About ½ an inch of water to cover the roots is good because too much water can make the food slimy and moldy.
- You should check the bowl 2 to 3 days to check whether there is slime from the food pieces that has fallen off and to check whether there’s enough water.
- Choosing the bowl to regrow food should match the size of what you’re planning to grow. Shallow bowls are a good choice for growing celery and lettuce while tall, slim glasses are good for lemongrass and green onions.
- You can grow several of the same type together. But make sure not to put too many and overcrowd the bowl.
- Adding a fertilizer can also increase the yield of your regrowth. A hydrophobic fertilizer or Dr. Earth organic liquid fertilizer are recommended.
Some Types of Food To Regrow
Fill a bowl with a sufficient amount of water. Cut the below part of the Bok Choy stalk and keep it in the bowl. In 1-2 days you’ll be able to see the new growth from the mid section. A significant growth will be visible before 7 days.
Use a shallow bowl and fill it with water. Place the end of the root in water. The regrowth will start from the middle. Harvesting on the small side will give you better taste .
Even though you can’t grow carrots, the carrot top can be regrown. Keep the cut top in a water bowl with only a small amount of water. When the top green is harvested you can use it in salads and also make pesto with it to save your budget.
Take a small bowl of water and place 2” of the stalk cut and removed from the bottom of celery. Celery will start new growth from the center in 3-4 days. Although it’ll take some time for a full stalk to finish growth, you can get a sufficient growth for flavoring food. You can also dehydrate celery leaves and make dried celery powder yourself.
Cut 1” from the bottom and place it in the water container.
Garlic Chives are usually added to dishes like baked potatoes and salads, similar to green onion chives. If you don’t know what they are, they are the green that grows from cloves of garlic. Put water in to a small cup and place a clove of garlic inside. Make sure to put water so that it doesn’t submerge the clove of garlic. Roots will start to grow in a few days and shoots will follow.
Tip: If we see a clove of garlic which has started to shoot, we usually throw them as they lose their flavor when shoots grow. But instead of throwing them, you can use them for regrowing.
Take a glass with a little bit of water and place in it the white section of the onion with roots intact. You will have a continuous supply of green onion from this process.
Take a cup of water and place the below 2 to 3” of leeks stalk cut off, in the cup. The new growth rises from mid-section.
Take a container with a good height and fill it with half an inch of water. Cut off 2 to 3” from the base of lemongrass and keep it in the container. The shoots will start growing from the middle.
Take a small bowl of water and place the cut bottom portion of the lettuce head in the bowl.
In 3 days you will notice new growth from the mid-section. In 2 weeks you will have a half of lettuce head grown. You can get successful results with red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce both. But it’s said that Romain has a higher regrowth.
What else Can you Use to Regrow Food?
If you want to know other vegetables that can be regrown from a piece of what you have, there are a few given below. Even though these can start their growth in water, they have to be transplanted in dirt to achieve a complete growth and a good harvest.
- sweet potatoes
- onions (yellow/red/white)
- lemon balm
Save Money While Regrowing Food At Home
You can also use the seeds or pits from lemons, apples, peaches, cherries, peppers (hot and sweet, tomatoes, pumpkins, plums and nectarines to grow new plants. Regrowing food in water is great way to save money. And heads of lettuce growing in a bowl of water can also make for a nice look and feel for your home. Imagine how much we could save if we regrow all these at home! It’s time to make regrowing food in water your favorite budget-friendly hobby.