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Easy Veg To Grow at HomeFresh, seasonal veg is not only ultra-tasty, it’s packed full of nutrients and vitamins too, making it perfect as part of a healthy diet. The nutritional value and money saving benefits are perhaps why the burgeoning trend for producing your own veg at home looks set to, if you’ll excuse the pun, grow. If you’d like to get in on the green-fingered action or have already been busy in the vegetable patch and want to know how to best use your produce, read on…
Where to start...It can be tempting to buy pre-packed salad leaves from the supermarket but with 22% of the stuff regularly thrown away unused, it probably makes more economical sense to grow your own. Lettuce is perhaps the easiest thing to start with, especially if you’ve never grown anything before, mainly because it’s inexpensive and can be grown in limited spaces such as a window box. You should start by planting seeds in compost indoors and then after about a month, transfer the seedlings outside. Tower Vitablend to whip up some delicious dips such as Warm Mexican Bean Dip to serve alongside it and you can be enjoying Mexican-style cuisine without the expense of shop-bought accompaniments before you know it, saving you both time and money.
Where to start...We’re not sure where the idiom ‘easy peasy’ originates from but it definitely applies to growing your own peas – they’re so simple to produce and require little to no looking after. Sow them directly into the ground from March to June, then sit back and relax, and look forward to a bountiful yield from around June to August. The only thing you need to do is support their stems – easily done with netting or chicken wire hung between supports at the end of each row - and avoid planting in cold, wet soil as they tend to rot away. If you’re pushed for space you can even grow peas in pots or compost bags. The best thing about growing your own peas is that the more that you pick them, the more they produce, so you’ll never go short of the tasty little green orbs! Tower 6 Litre Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker – it’s great for rustling up this pea-laden Risotto Prima Vera from our Retro Recipe series. A timeless classic of a dish, this risotto makes good use of petit pois and makes a great starter for alfresco dining occasions this summer. Alternatively, you could put your garden peas to good use in our Keema with Peas to bring a taste of india to your table this summer.
Where to start...The humble tomato is such a versatile vegetable and you’ll be amazed at how many dishes you use them in - salads, pasta, curries, chillies, smoothies, salsa…the list is endless! These juicy, flesh red balls of wonder go with almost anything and don’t really take that much effort to grow at home. To get a ripe crop before autumn tomato plants need to be well established plants by May/June time, so sown your seeds in late winter and grow them indoors, in good light. Be warned that tomato plants require a lot of vertical space as the stems become unable to bear their own weight as they grow, so support them with canes or tie to roof supports if growing in a greenhouse. Tower Salad Master if you’ve got a wealth of juicy tomatoes to use up – it’s great for dicing, slicing, chopping and julienning not just tomatoes but a multitude of vegetables and will save you time in the process. Use the slicing function to prepare your tangy toms for perfect summer salads or turn to the Tower 1.6 Litre Glass Soup Maker to create soupsand gazpacho. If veg-based smoothies are more your thing then the Tower Xtreme Pro Blender is the tomato-pulverising tool you need!
Where to start...Perfect for keeping vampires away but even better in a nice tandoori, soup, moussaka or fava bean salad, this pair of bulb vegetables are two kitchen staples that you can never have enough of, so numerous are their applications in all manner of dishes. To grow your own, simply plant individual onion and garlic bulbs in well-drained soil in spring or autumn then forget about them until late summer. Then, when the foliage turns yellow, hoik them out of the ground, dry them et voila! They’re ready to be crushed, chopped, diced, sautéed, roasted or whatever it is you want to do with them. One-Pot Chicken Chasseur. Garlic in particular is great for adding flavor and a lot of recipes advise using crushed garlic cloves in preparation, but did you know you can save yourself a lot of elbow grease and ensure that the flavours permeate into your meat better by chopping it more finely using the Tower Dual-Bladed Mini Chopper. For larger onions, there’s no better way to dice and slice than with a sturdy, sharp utility knife such as that found in the Tower 5 Piece Knife Set with Acrylic Stand.
Beetroota sturdy, reliable pressure cooker with a splash of balsamic is the best and quickest way to ensure all the nutritious beta carotene, folic acid and vitamins A and C are retained. One you’ve done that, strain and leave to cool before slicing with a utility knife (the Tower 5 Piece Knife Set with Wooden Block has a great one) and putting to use in a Perfect Picnic. If all that has got you aching to get in the garden then and get growing your own, take a look at our Tips for Tremendous Salads , Tips for The Perfect Summer Smoothie, and How To Sauté Veg to Perfection articles – they’ll provide you with more awesome tips on how to use your veg once it’s grown.