For a fun organic money saver, you can grow your own herbs with leftovers. Below are a few favorites.
Mint is an easy-to-grow perennial herb. Snip a stem off
the plant so it measures about 2-3 inches lengthwise just below
the leaf node (where the leaves begin to grow). Remove the lower
leaves for use in your recipe, but leave a few at the top. Place
the stem in a glass of water on a windowsill that receives
sunshine. The mint will develop roots within a few weeks. Change
the water when it starts to look murky. About a week after roots
appear, plant in a pot with soil and continue to water as
necessary. Keep it contained, as it develops runners and spreads
quickly in a garden.
Rosemary is a great addition to pork chops, roasted
meats, fish, and vegetables. Snip a few sprigs of rosemary from
2-3 inches off the top of the plant and pull away the lowest
leaves, leaving a few at the top. Place the sprigs in a small
glass with the stem fully immersed in water on a windowsill.
Change the water every few days. Rosemary is slow to produce new
roots and can take two months or longer before you see progress.
About a week after roots appear, transfer the plant to soil.
Lemon Balm, Oregano, Sage, Thyme - The process for
regrowing these is identical to regrowing rosemary or mint. You
can even combine all in the same glass to save space, but do not
pack too close as the roots will tangle.
Parsley only grows for two gardening seasons and then
dies. In its first year it produces the delicious leaves that
are commonly used for sauces and the second year it goes to
seed. A benefit of its final year are its edible roots, which
are considered the most flavorful part of the plant. The process
for regrowing parsley is identical to the others above.
Fennel is slightly sweet and licorice-flavored in taste
and great for poultry. I use dried fennel on pizza. The
directions for growing this is different from the others. Cut
off the fennel stalks and place the fennel bulb fully submerged
in a bowl of water. Place in direct sunlight and change the
water every few days. New fennel stems will grow within a few