How to make a fresh herb garden on your fridge
Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, but they also play an important part in culinary dishes.
Herbs not only add unique flavors, they add a much needed pop of color to most cuisines. Spices and herbs can also cut down or replace added salt and sugar in most foods.
The terms "herb" and "spice" are often used interchangeably, however, herbs come from aromatic plants grown in a temperate climate zone while spices come from tropical plants. Usually, the leaves of herbs are used, while spices come from bark, berries, flower buds, roots and seeds.
Herbs have very little nutritional value, but they possess a significant amount of essential vitamins and protective polyphenols — plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Many research studies have shown that polyphenols help combat cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes and many more ailments. Polyphenols are also antimicrobial, so they protect against harmful bacteria.
Not only that, but fresh herbs in your home can create a pleasant and inviting aroma especially appreciated this time of year. In the throes of winter, homes can seem drab but a pop of color from a pot of fresh rosemary or basil is a welcome sight even on the coldest nights.
Herbs can also serve as natural air fresheners. Rosemary is one of the best herbs to keep in your kitchen to mask unpleasant smells. Consider also lavender, which can be simmered with lemon slices for a burst of fragrance.
In your living room, pots of herbs on windowsills or under lamps emit a light aroma, or you can mix dried herbs with some citrus slices and water in a candle warmer for an instant air freshener.
If you've been longing for fresh herbs in your home (specifically your kitchen) but lack the counter space, this upcycling project is a convenient and fun way to incorporate them so you can take advantage of their myriad benefits.
• Metal tea or coffee tins
• Plastic storage bags
• Styrofoam pieces
• Potting soil
• Herbs (cilantro, parsley, mint, basil, etc.)
• Wooden dowels or straws
• Washi tape
• Adhesive magnets
1. Apply glue and plastic liner.
Apply glue to inside of your empty tea or coffee tin. Pay special attention to the inner rim. Using a plastic liner or a ziploc bag, line the container along the bottom and the sides. (Lining the tin will ensure a rust-free container.) Trim away excess plastic.
2. Add styrofoam and magnets.
Place non-biodegradable foam in the bottom of the container for drainage. Make sure the foam isn't too heavy so it doesn't weigh the tins down. Apply adhesive magnets to the back of your tins so you can attach the tins to any magnetic surface.
3. Add potting soil and herbs.
Add a couple scoops of potting soil to the tin. Place the herb inside the container and add potting soil around base to stabilize the plant.
4. Add labels and attach to the fridge.
Use wooden dowels or straws and washi tape to label your new herb garden so you don't confuse your herbs. Be sure to place your herbs in a spot where they can get plenty of light and don't forget to water them.
Now you can enjoy fresh herbs year-round and reap the many health benefits that fresh herbs have to offer.