This simple kitchen tip can save you money each week on your grocery bill. I love buying fresh vegetables but the prices can sometimes get out of hand. During the summer, we garden but in the winter in Vermont, we rely on what we can buy at the grocery store. I have found a simple kitchen tip that can save you money each week at the grocery store. I will never again need to purchase chives, leeks, or scallions at the store. No, I’m not removing them from my diet, I’m just not buying them any longer.
When you eat chives, leeks and scallions, what you eat for the most part is the green top. The white bulb that is in the ground often doesn’t get used. The last time I purchased scallions, I chopped off the green top to use in my recipe. Instead of throwing away the white bottom part, I planted it in a plastic pot with drainage holes. I used potting soil and watered it well. Then, I set it outside near the garden to grow.
I left the plant alone for a few weeks and made sure that I watered it carefully. Once you replant the white bulb portion, it continues to grow. The green part that you cut off will come back and you will have a continual supply of chives, leeks and scallions to snip off whenever you want them. You can leave the plastic pot outside as long as you have good weather. When the cold water is expected, make sure that you bring the plastic pot inside and set it in a sunny window. If you leave it outside in the cold weather, the frost and snow will kill it. When the weather warms up again, you can gradually get it used to being outside and set it near the garden to continue growing.
This simple kitchen tip means that you will never again have to buy chives, leeks or scallions. Just take care of your plant near the garden and it will continue to grow.