Agriculture – Mason Jar Garden

Review

Today’s 4H challenge is plant spices in Mason Jars then try recipes that include these spices. Click here to check out the full list.

The Activity

As many of these activities go, I modified it slight to demonstrate that my kids can regrow some types of vegetables by just placing it’s base in water. We are trying to regrow celery.

The website, wakeup-world.com, has a great article about different vegetables that you can regrow in your kitchen. These vegetables include but not limited to:

  • Bok Choy
  • Leeks
  • Scallions
  • Onions
  • Fennel
  • Lemon grass
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Ginger
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushroom
  • Pineapple

Step 1. Cut the celery about 2 inches from the bottom of the stock.

Step 2. Place celery base in about 1 inch of water.

Step 3. Place in window (not direct light) and watch grow.

How easy was that. We’ll update you on the progress of the celery over the week.

As for the second part of today’s challenge, ‘explore recipes that include celery’. We make chicken stock from celery, carrot, onion, garlic, salt/pepper and chicken bones. Plus water of course.

Did you know? Chicken stock is made mostly of chicken bones where chicken broth is made mostly of chicken meat.

Sheknows.com has 5 great broth/stock recipes that include my favorite chicken stock recipe. I simple add a little oil to a large pot followed by the garlic, celery, carrots and onions then brown the vegetables until golden. This step really add color and more flavor to the stock. Last I add a whole chicken’s bones and enough water so the chicken is totally covered. Bring the pot to a boil then place on low for 6-8 hours.

My oldest daughter has made the stock with me before. I just have to make sure she doesn’t touch the pot. Once the stock is done, we strain out the chunks and can use the stock as a base for many soups. Recently, I let my daughter add any fruit or vegetables to the new soup she was inventing. The soup was the sweetest apple and onion soup I’ve ever tasted. She would not try to when it was done but I did. Next time she will need to taste it too.

Updates:

Day 1 – It incredible to see how fast that celery regrow.

Day 2 – The middle is about a centimeter taller today.

Day 3

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