Microgreens are small, flower-like plants that are grown by hand. This is a new, emerging way of food production and has many advantages over traditional methods. This article looks at how to pack and package microgreens.
Well, this is not really a packing guide. However, here are some helpful pointers. There are also some useful tips for packing microgreens that can be found below.
First, think about the kind of bagging you will use. Is it going to be in a standard, shallow or deep, self-sealing bag? And, what is the nature of the microgreens themselves? For example, there are dry microgreens and wet microgreens, plus powdery microgreens and microinjected microgreens.
If you are going to use a container for the microgreens, be sure to look for one with a tighter seal and a slightly more acidic liquid than the microgreens will need. The acidity will prevent any water from seeping in between the layers of the microgreens. Then, be sure to do a test of the acidity using a few microgreens – if they stain the water before they have fully dried, then you know it’s right.
How about putting the microgreens in large plastic sandwich bags? Just make sure that the bag you are using has a lid, as this will help to keep the moisture inside the bag, thereby preventing mold. Then, put the microgreens in the bag, but don’t fill the bag with the microgreens. Once the microgreens are completely dry, close the lid and pop the bag in the freezer until it is totally frozen.
It may be a good idea to use both a little or alot of packing tape on the bag. The microgreens will not stick to the tape and will float to the top.
A good method for drying the microgreens is to put them in the oven and leave them there for around an hour. After they are completely dry, remove them from the oven and wrap them individually in foil or cheesecloth. Let them air-dry in the sun, as long as you remember to remove the foil or cheesecloth before opening the package.
How to pack microgreens is something that is usually more a matter of personal preference than anything else. However, if you are not too enthusiastic about either the microgreens or the packaging method, you may want to consider packing microgreens in such a way that they look like they came from a store, so that when they arrive, your customers think they have received their food from a store.
Microgreens can be an inexpensive and tasty alternative to more traditional foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, spinach and rhubarb. They are also a healthier choice for people who are dieting or trying to shed pounds. However, having said that, you also need to be aware that microgreens are not particularly low in calories or fat – it’s up to you to decide whether they are worth the extra effort.
Microgreens are generally easier to grow than regular vegetables, making them a perfect ingredient for a variety of recipes. You can prepare salads, omelets, juices, dips, dressings, and appetizers all from microgreens.
They can also be used as an ideal application for wedding and buffet parties. Make sure that your guests do not end up with a mess, however, because these microgreens can be quite tough to clean up.
Packaging formicrogreens is fairly simple. It may be helpful to go to your local health food store, as they have many microgreens which they can use for packings.