Rinse and Refill Siphon: Keep your water tank fresh with no mess.

Plants in most hydroponic gardens benefit from periodic changes of nutrient solution. Rinse and Refill Siphons make it easy to change out the nutrient solution in your AeroGarden without disturbing your plants. A quick pump of the ball and the siphon keeps your water tank fresh with no mess.

INSTRUCTIONS:

To siphon, insert the pickup tube into the liquid, close the vent valve (the white knob on top – tighten clockwise), squeeze the bulb repeatedly until liquid begins to flow down the accordion tube and relax and let the siphon action do the work. Before removing the pickup tube from the liquid, open the vent valve (counterclockwise) and wait for all the liquid to drain from the delivery tube.

Tuscan Bell Pepper Pizza

Attention Topping Lovers! Try this flavorful and delicious pizza recipe made with plenty of fresh vegetables and herbs from your AeroGarden.

INGREDIENTS:

3 bell peppers: 1 red,1 orange, 1 yellow
½ small red onion
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 garlic clove, chopped fine
1 (8-oz) portion uncooked pizza dough
2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Thinly slice the peppers and onion. Toss with basil and parsley in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix garlic with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

On a lightly floured surface, shape pizza dough ball into a 12- to 14-inch circle. Place dough on the back of a lightly floured sheet pan. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, brush the garlic and oil mixture on the dough, leaving a ½-inch border. Cover pizza dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (85°F) for 15 to 20 minutes.

Lay the sliced mozzarella on top of the oiled dough. Spread the pepper mixture on top of the cheese. Carefully transfer dough to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden.

No time to cook?

How about a grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of fresh tomato and fresh basil leaves?
Delicious!

Here is another easy recipe with basil:

  • Grind-up basil, garlic, and olive oil into a paste. (Basil is a prime ingredient in pistou, a Mediterranean specialty.)
  • Add to cooked pasta noodles and stir.

In Italy, pine nuts and parmesan cheese are added to the paste to become pesto.

Extras: Try adding tomatoes and or bell peppers (fresh or roasted).

 

Tips: Want less carbs? Substitute noodles for zucchini noodles. (Psst! Did you know that you can grow zucchini in your AeroGarden with a “Grow Anything” Seed Pod Kit!)

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

This appetizer is a big crowd pleaser and has the perfect flavor combination of heat, creaminess, and salty bacon. Plus, it’s gluten free!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Soak toothpick in water.
  2. Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds using a spoon.
  3. Rinse jalapeños and set aside to dry.
  4. Cut a chilled block of cream cheese into long cubes matching size of jalapeños cavity. (Chilled cream cheese helps it from boiling over in oven).
  5. Lay thick bacon down on cutting board and cut in half. Wrap bacon around stuffed jalapeños. (Thick bacon from your butcher is recommended because it holds up better in the oven).
  6. Secure the bacon with a wet toothpick or two. (Wet toothpicks prevent from burning in oven).
  7. Line baking pan with tinfoil for easy clean up and place a cooling rack in pan on top of tinfoil. This keeps the wrapped jalapeños out of the grease.
  8. Place wrapped jalapeños on a baking rack, evenly spaced apart.
  9. On the middle oven rack, broil for approximately 10 minutes. Flip jalapeños broil for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Keep an eye on it to prevent from burning. Cook until the bacon is done to your liking.

Start a Jalapeño garden this month and get the Seed Pod Kit 25% OFF

Tip: Wear gloves when preparing hot peppers and wash hands before touching your face to avoid burns. How to treat pepper burns go here.

Preserving Peppers

Have a lot of AeroGarden peppers on your hands? Learn how to preserve your peppers such as jalapeno, sweet bell pepper, anaheim, and poblano to name a few- plus tomatoes! The three major methods of preserving peppers are freezing, drying, and canning.

Freezing Method

  1. Freezing is the easiest way to preserve peppers, keeping them crisp with fresh flavor.
  2. Remove stems and seeds. Hot peppers can be frozen whole if you want to include the spicy seeds.
  3. Chop the peppers in strips or cubes.
  4. Lay flat on baking sheet or cutting board and place in freezer. Once frozen solid, put into freezer bags, date, and use within 8 to 12 months.

Drying Methods

  • Air dry: hang the peppers in a dry climate for 3 to 4 weeks. Make sure to space out the peppers for good air flow.
  • Food dehydrator: this method is the fastest drying method and is a good alternative for humid climates.
  • Oven dry: You can always use the oven to dry out the peppers but it will take 1 to 2 hours. Bake at 150°F with oven door cracked open to let moisture out. Rotate peppers every 30 minutes.

 

Canning Method

Canning is great for salsa and other pickled recipes. Find a recipe you like and go from there. The possibilities are endless!

Tip: Wear gloves when preparing hot peppers and wash hands before touching your face to avoid burns.

-If you do get burned, follow these steps:

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to burn area to remove pepper oils
  2. Then use apply milk to irritated area. The milk contains the chemical casein and removes the pepper burn from the skin. Follow by soap and warm water.
  3. Apply olive oil to burn area for about one minute and wash off.

 

Garden Tip: Jalapeño

This Mexican pepper, Jalapeno, ranges in the medium-hot level, about 5,000 Scoville units.  This seems pretty tame when compared to the #1 hottest in the world- The Carolina Reaper at 2,200,000 SHU and former world champ- The Ghost Pepper at 1,041,427 SHU.

AeroGarden Peppers

Growing Tip:

  • Give the plants plenty of space to grow. This is the reason why the seed pod kits come with a certain amount of pre-seeded grow pods and plant spacers depending on the size of your AeroGarden.
  • Feed it extra nutrient upon the 3rd feeding and moving forward. For 3 and 6-Pod gardens, give an extra 1/2 capful. For 7 and 9-Pod gardens, give an extra 1 capful.
  • Schedule grow light to be on during the day. This decreases stress on the plant.
  • Pollinate often.
  • Harvest when the peppers are large and firm. Cut from the plant when they are green or red. The longer the pepper is on the plant, the redder and hotter it gets.

 

Jalapeño Hummus

Kick off the football season with this green hummus that packs its own kick of heat! This healthy and easy appetizer is perfect for this weekend’s game!

 Image & recipe credit: Taste And See

This green hummus has just the right amount of heat and puts a spicy twist on traditional hummus. Get this gluten-free vegan recipe at Taste And See. Use your fresh AeroGarden herbs and peppers in this recipe which showcases parsley, cilantro, and September’s Seed Pod Kit of the Month jalapeno peppers.

Not growing Jalapeños? Start a Jalapeño garden this month and get the Seed Pod Kit 25% OFF

 

Tips for Preserving Seeds

Do you want to save your seeds for next year? Here’s how to store them properly to ensure germination!

Seed Expiration

We guarantee germination for 1 year from the date of purchase of the seed pod kit. However, typically the seeds remain viable for 2 years if stored properly. Exposure to excessive heat or humidity may shorten the lifespan of a seed.

Seed Preservation

The best way to preserve the seed pods is by storing them in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight – a place where the temperature will not fluctuate much. The refrigerator is generally the best place to store seeds. But stay away from the freezer, any seed that cannot be dried properly should not be frozen or else you risk damaging the cell wall of the seed. Some seeds store better than others. Tomato seeds, for example, can last for more than four years if stored well!
If you have your own seeds and are using a Grow Anything Kit, ensure your seeds are properly dried. Let them air-dry for about a week before placing them in an air-tight container. Store them in an area that is cool and dry year round. When you are ready to plant your seeds, keep them in their closed container until they reach room temperature to avoid unwanted condensation.

Taco Lettuce Wrap

Try this tasty, nutritious and quick recipe! Make these flavorful tacos using lettuce, cilantro and chilli peppers from your AeroGarden for a healthy, low-carb alternative to traditional tacos.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 chili pepper, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6-12 cilantro leaves
  • 6 lettuce taco shells

PREPARATION

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the onion until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add the meat and sear, chopping with a spatula into small pieces until the pink color is gone. Add the garlic and chile and cook for 2 minutes or until the garlic is soft. Add the salt, chili powder, black pepper, chili pepper, cumin, cilantro and a tablespoon of water, mix well, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until well blended. Wrap with lettuce taco shells.

Makes: 6 servings