With the cooler weather of fall upon us, it is time to
conder moving our gardening efforts indoors, which make growing microgreens an
But what to grow as microgreens?
Considering most garden vegetables and herbs can be grown as
Microgreens, the options are many. So, which microgreens to grow for your
family depends on what your family eats regularly, and Your family’s taste preferences.
Most Common Types oF Microgreens
The broad type of microgreens (listed below in family
groups) Should provide the basics of what
kind of taste the microgreens will have, and the growing conditions the type of
The Amaranthaceae family includes amaranth,
beets, chard, quinoa, and spinach.
Amaryllidaceae family includes chives, garlic,
leeks, and onions.
The Apiaceae family includes carrot, celery,
dill, cilantro, and fennel.
The Asteraceae family includes chicory, endive,
lettuce, and radicchio.
The Brassicaceae family includes arugula,
broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, and watercress.
The Cucurbitaceae family includes
cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and squashes.
The Lamiaceae family includes the most common
herbs like mint, basil, rosemary, sage, and oregano.
The Poaceae family includes grasses and cereals
like barley, corn, rice, oats, and wheatgrass.
The Poaceae family also includes in legumes,
including beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
One of the frequently
asked questions is, “Can homemade pies be frozen? Well, the appropriate answer
is Yes! Pies made at home can freeze wonderfully. There are several reasons to
freeze your pies; for instance, you could be preparing pies in advance for a
family dinner, an upcoming holiday, or looking to store some to eat later on.
Regardless of the reason, the guide below is a recipe for enthralling freezing
we use the same baking
method and ingredients most people use at home to roast our pies. Therefore,
the steps below can apply for all our pies, and those baked similarly.
Make and bake your pie
in using disposal/recyclable pies pans.
After baking the until
the pie is completely done, remove the pie from the oven and cool on a rack. Please
ensure that the pie cools completely before proceeding.
Using an airtight
freezer bag or plastic wrap, wrap and seal the cooled pie.
Place the wrapped pie in
a freezer. To freeze thoroughly may take 24 hours or a little longer to freeze
the pie fully.
Pies take approximately
8 hours to cool fully. Checking on cool time guidelines is essential for the
When it comes to the
storage half-life, you will get different estimates on how long the frozen pies
can last. However, from our vast experience, we recommend the following time
limits. Note that we have estimated the shortest period. Therefore, you can
leave it for quite a little longer without worrying about its safety for
Frozen fruit pies are
best served within six months.
Custard based pies
should be served within three months once frozen.
If you check various
sources, two main methods can be used to defrost and serve frozen homemade
pies. Both methods work exceptionally well, but we like one of the methods
since it is relatively convenient.
Pre-warm the oven to more
Remove the pie from the
freezer and unwrap the pie.
Remove any accumulated
frost common on the top side of the pie.
Place the frozen pie in
a baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.
The baking times vary,
so verifying doneness is essential. An easy way to check whether or not a pie
is ready is to insert a knife to the center, remove and feel the temperature of
the knife tip using your finger. If the knife is warm, your pie is ready for
consumption. That said, the various baking times include;
5” pie takes between 15
to 30 minutes
7” pie takes between 30
to 50 minutes
10” pie takes between 40
to 70 minutes.
Let the pie cool then
This method takes much
more time compared to the first method.
As usual, take out the
frozen pie from the freezer and leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours
Unlike the first method,
don’t remove the plastic wraps or airtight freezer bag. Defrost the pie with
the wraps on it for approximately 4 to 5 hours or to room temperature. Doing
this allows condensation to occur outside the plastic wrap instead of forming
on the pie’s crust.
Once condensed, unwrap
the pie and put it on a baking sheet.
Place the pie to heat in
the oven for 30 minutes at 300. Note that the timing applies to all pies
regardless of the size.
Remove the pie from the
oven, place on a rack, and let the pie cool and serve.
Freezing Do’s and Don’ts
Freezing pies can be as
simple as the guide outlines above. However, there are some things to note when
freezing your pie. Below are common dos and don’ts when freezing a pie.
Do label the pies with
descriptions and dates of placing them in the freezer.
Do store the pies
together and with other similar foods in the freezer.
Do freeze pies in
individual portions, which makes it easy to thaw only what you need and
shortens thawing time.
Do leave some air
between the wrapped pies, which allows air to circulate freely.
Don’t freeze the pies
while hot. Make sure that they cool before putting them in a freezer.
Don’t use extra-large
Do squeeze all the extra
air from freezer bags used to wrap the pie before sealing.
There you have it. We
hope this guide will help you achieve better-frozen homemade pies. Observe the
dos and don’ts for better results.
Perennial herbs are an
excellent choice for your garden. Perennial herbs continue to grow and provide
fresh herbs for your kitchen for many years if given a little care.
You can prepare a mouthwatering recipe by using Perennial herbs. Perennial herbs are good for your health, and you can also use them to make salads, stews, and soups.
Perennial herbs can be
grown at ease, and the best part is that you can harvest them at any time of
the year. Some of the most commonly used perennial culinary herbs are:
Mint is recognized to be
one of the well renowned perennial culinary herbs which are used for cooking on
an extensive scale. Though it is lemony or bit-peppery in its raw form, mint leaves
a cool after taste.
Mints have slightly dented, pointy, oval, and bright green leaves along with the sturdy stem. Mint is used for cooking on an extensively in Middle-Eastern and North African recipes.
This herb emanates a
refreshing smell. The intense flavor of this herb makes it the best option to
cook fish sauces, peas, lamb, vegetables, and chocolate. You can also use mint
to prepare tea and other beverages. The most popular varieties of mint which
are used for cooking include spearmint, good old peppermint, and apple mint.
It is another popular
favorable herb that can be used for cooking vegetables, meat, and poultry. In
addition to this, you can also use it with apricots, garlic, roasted potatoes,
and roasted chicken. You are going to love this plant for its delightful scent.
They are used on an
extensive scale in different types of floral arrangements. The intense flavor
of this herb contributes to being one of the prominent reasons why this herb is
used for cooking across the globe. It has needle leaves along with hard woody stems.
This is another worth
mentioning name in the list of perennial culinary herbs, which is used for the
preparation of Balkan and Italian dishes. You can fry it with light batter for
preparing pork, sausages, and bacon.
You can also make the best
use of this herb for preparing fresh stuffed pasta, butter, rabbits, eggs, to
name a few. Furthermore, you can use this aromatic herb for making sauces,
seasoning meats, and vegetables. Sage in its dried form emits strong flavor.
This herb has earned a
high reputation for its fresh aroma and amazing delicate flavor. The leaves of
this plant are soft and light. It is used for the preparation of Eastern and
Northern cuisines. Dill is an ideal choice for cucumbers, green soups, salmon,
beetroot, cream, pickles, and other recipes. Dill can also be used to season peas,
potatoes, lamb, and fish.
This perennial herb is primarily grown in the warm climate of Mediterranean and Eurasia. Also referred to as the wild aroma, it is used to flavor a plethora of American and Italian dishes. Oregano is commonly used in the preparation of Turkish, Grek, and Mediterranean dishes. Oregano, also, goes well with olive oil, tomatoes, lamb, pizza, yogurt, and kebabs.
Spring is the ideal
season for growing this herb. This delicious herb comes with a lovely smell,
and you can use it for different purposes in your kitchen.
It is recognized to be
the perfect herb for the preparation of cold and warm dishes. You can use winter
savory to make tasty teas. winter savory is useful in adding an aromatic flavor
to a plethora of recipes.
Besides this, it boasts
of a bunch of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The intense flavor of
this spicy herb makes it an ideal choice for the preparation of poultry, beans,
and fish. You can also use it for garnishing the salad and flavoring the
This perennial herb
comprises of medicinal properties, and it is regarded as an ideal option for
the kitchen. You can use lemon balm to garnish meals. It can also be used for
the preparation of teas and other beverages.
This perennial herb
produces a variety of purple flowers which add to the beauty of the garden. It
is used for the preparation of dressings and salad. It offers a bit of sweet
flavor to a plethora of dishes.
The dried lavender buds
and lavender syrup make it the ideal choice for the preparation of Lavender
marshmallows and scones. This herb also consists of different health benefits,
which make it the prime choice for cooking.
The perennial herb tyme
can found in most kitchens. Tyme is known to have a pungent, earthy, and lemony
smell. tyme is used widely in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries recipes.
Tyme can be used in barbecue
meats, eggplants, mushrooms, chicken, roasted vegetables such as tomatoes, bell
peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. You can also add this herb for preparing
stews and soups.
herbs are regarded as the best option for the preparation of different
cuisines. They are used primarily after drying, and their flavor and aroma
enhance the taste.
The best thing about
these perennial herbs is that perennial herbs can easily be grown in pots, in
your yard or in your garden. All you need is an adequate amount of water, right
exposure to light, and care and you are good to go.
Sometimes when working with recipes the ingredients are not always provided in the measure with which we are most familiar. So, here is a quick reference for converting dry oatmeal to an equivalent measure which you use regularly.