When you hang out with , you learn to think before you throw. The whole IQS team is taking inspiration from and boiling our bones, double-dunking tea bags and asking strangers in restaurants for their scraps (or at least we’re working up the courage to!).
In the quest for sustainability, Sarah has also become a budding horticulturalist. Those scrappy, gnarly bits you chop off and throw away? Potential salad ingredients. All you need to do is put your leftovers in a pot, give them a little TLC, regrow and repeat. Voila! Your own endless supply of shallots, celery and turmeric. And all organic, too!
In the following excerpt from, Sarah shows us her favourite ways to regrow your veggies at home (hint: they make beautiful room decorations while you’re waiting).
Perpetual shallots: “Either plonk a bunch directly into a pot of soil, or sprout the white root ends in a glass jar filled with water, and leave in a sunny position. Within days it will shoot and you can use new shoots as required, leaving the white shoot in (fresh) water to keep growing.”
Coriander and lemongrass: “As above, using the “white root in water method”.
Bok choy, celery and cos lettuce: “As above, regrow the white root, but in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of the cutting. Place in a sunny position, topping up the water as required. After a few days, roots and leaves will appear. After a week, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head.”
Ginger and turmeric: “You know how they sprout if you leave them on the bench too long? Simply place in a pot of soil with the newest buds facing upwards, leave in a filtered light position and water regularly. It will grow a big indoor-plant-like frond within days (rather handsome). After a few weeks, pull up the whole plant, roots and all. Remove a piece of the root (to eat), and re-plant it to repeat the process.”
For more mindful food waste tips, check out Sarah’s latest book, ! Do you regrow your scraps at home?