Things to Grow Indoors: Microgreens!

I live in a one-bedroom apartment, so if I want to produce my own food homestead-style, I need to be creative. One thing I love having fresh is microgreens. Usually, when I have bought microgreens at the grocery store or market, I cannot get through them fast enough and end up with a portion of spoiled greens.

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Microgreen Seed Quilt

I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Hamama Greens. They specialize in grow-kits and seed subscriptions that make it simple and easy to grow microgreens in any space! I have been subscribing to Hamama Microgreens, which sends me three seed quilts per month to grow.

My favorite part of this subscription is that, the greens are alive! With barely any space, I have been able to grow a personal supply of greens for our meals and more. I have used them for garnishing just about everything, and they are great for making nutritious salads. And the best part is, they are grown fresh in our kitchen! They last much longer this way, and we’ve never thrown any greens out. In fact, I’ll even throw the parts we don’t use into my vegetable scrap bin to add to broth.

 

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Microgreens on rice! Simple!

Want to start growing your own microgreens? Sign up for a Hamama subscription and get your grow kit today! You can also send a subscription as a gift!

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Making Oat Milk is Easy!

I am always looking for ways to be kinder in my lifestyle, and I recently learned that many of the milk alternatives I was using, like almonds and cashews, were not so kind. I made the switch to hemp milk, but haven’t been able to find it locally (not to mention that many of these products are sold in those difficult to recycle tetra packs.

I finally found the best alternative for me is homemade oat milk! It is so dang simple, just three ingredients, a blender, and a strainer and you are good to go!

Easy Oat Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup Oats

4 Cups Water

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1- Mix all of the ingredients into your blender

Step 2- Strain the mixture into a container. (Save the strained oatmeal, it is amazing-I think its worth making the oat milk just for that.

Step 3 (optional)- Strain again through a cheesecloth (this removes the last bits of oatmeal from the milk and helps keep the milk from getting too thick. If you plan to use the oat milk on the same day you make it, you can skip this step)

Step 4- Transfer the oat milk into a jar or other airtight container, and enjoy! You can store the milk in your fridge for a few days, but it is best fresh! Have you tried making your own milk at home too? What is your favorite type to make?

 

Apple Butter from Scratch

Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.

Apple Butter Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
  • Fresh Ginger to taste
  • ¼ tsp cloves (optional)
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Mix all ingredients together and cook in a covered pot for 1-2 hours

Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).

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Reduced Apple Butter mixture, ready for blending!

Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.

Step 3- Puree in a blender or food processor until it is buttery smooth (or a bit chunky if you prefer!)

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Blend into butter

Store butter in a clean mason jar or an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Note: If you would like a thicker consistency for the butter, you can return it to the heat after blending for a few more minutes, just be sure to allow it to cool again before storing.