Microgreens, with their intense flavours, vibrant colours, and concentrated nutrients, have transformed the culinary landscape. Adding a burst of freshness and elegance to dishes, these delicate greens are a favourite among chefs and home cooks alike. But what if you find yourself with an abundance of microgreens? Fear not! In this blog post, we delve into the art of conserving microgreens as garnishes, allowing you to extend its life and elevate your culinary creations. And, if you're ready to embark on your microgreens journey, Urban Greenz offers a range of organic seeds and sustainable gardening guidance to get you started. Why Conserve Microgreens? Microgreens are best enjoyed fresh, but circumstances might arise when you need to preserve their exquisite qualities. Whether you're saving an abundant harvest, planning ahead for a special occasion, or aiming to reduce food waste, mastering the techniques of conserving microgreens can open up a world of culinary possibilities.
Methods for Conserving Microgreens:
Once you harvest the microgreens the best way to ensure a longer shelf life is to dry for 20 minutes before you place them in the fridge. This will ensure that the leaves won't turn mushy especially delicate varieties. You can either leave them to dry near a window if there is a gentle breeze or use a tabletop fan at low speed and not directed to the microgreens.
Some varieties are hardier than others such as pea shoots, cabbage and nasturtium. Once dry place your freshly harvested microgreens in an airtight plastic container, you can use recycled berry containers and place them in the refrigerator's crisper drawer. This method can keep microgreens fresh for up to a week sometimes even more.
Refrigeration with Damp Paper Towels: Place your freshly harvested microgreens on damp paper towels and gently roll them up. Store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator's crisper drawer. This method can keep microgreens fresh for up to a week. Freezing Microgreens: Flash freezing is an excellent way to preserve microgreens' vibrancy. After cleaning and drying them thoroughly, spread the microgreens on a baking sheet and freeze them until they're firm. Transfer the frozen microgreens to a freezer-safe container or bag, and use them as needed in frozen dishes like smoothies or soups. Oil Preservation: Infuse olive oil or another favourite oil with the essence of microgreens. Blend clean and dry microgreens with oil and store the mixture in an airtight container. This flavorful oil can be used as a garnish or a dressing, adding a unique touch to your culinary creations. Choosing the Right Microgreens: Some microgreens are more suitable for conservation than others. Heartier varieties like kale, radish, and beets tend to hold up better during preservation, maintaining their texture and flavour. Delicate microgreens like cilantro and basil are better enjoyed fresh. Reviving Microgreens: If your stored microgreens begin to lose their freshness, there's still hope. Submerge them in ice water for a few minutes to rehydrate and revitalize their appearance. This technique can restore some of their original texture and flavour, although the results might not match the freshness of newly harvested microgreens. Elevate Your Dishes with Urban Greenz: Ready to explore the world of microgreens and garnishing? Urban Greenz is your partner in sustainable gardening. With our premium organic seeds, you can cultivate your own microgreens and experiment with creative conservation techniques. Visit us here to explore our range of seeds, gardening tips, and resources to embark on a flavorful journey. A Feast for the Senses: Conserving microgreens for garnishing is a skill that can add a dash of elegance and flavour to your culinary creations. Whether you're freezing them for future smoothies or infusing their essence into oils, these techniques allow you to make the most of your microgreen harvest. With Urban Greenz's support, you can venture into the world of microgreens, cultivating them with our premium organic seeds and transforming your dishes into works of art.