I really like the idea of growing my own food…I REALLY like it. And when I think about the ability to grow fresh green stuff in the midst of an extended emergency situation….my little heart goes pitter-pat.
I’m sad that winter greatly reduces my ability to TRY to grow my own food (please note that I in no way endorse myself as a green thumb….).
But one of the coolest things on earth are sprouts! You can grow them in a couple of days, they are AWESOME good for you, and they’re some fresh stuff! Oh, how I love them! Which reminds me….I need to go start another batch!
I’ve tried a few different methods/devices, but this one is my favorite….
Put your tablespoon or so of sprouts in the bottom of a clean pint jar. I bought my little bag of seeds from the local health food store, along with this nifty jar lid that is kind of like a plastic mesh….little holes to drain the water. Cover it with four parts of water and let them soak. Now, the type of seeds you’re sprouting determines the amount of time you let it soak, but these ones I soak for 6-8 hours. (Your seed package should tell you the right amount of time for your seeds.)
UPDATED: May 6, 2014 Thrive Life is now carrying a Sprouting Seed Kit and a Sprouting Seed Refill. Can you say SO EXCITED!?!
Then give ’em a good rinse and drain. I set my lidded pint jar on the counter top, out of direct sunlight at about a 45º angle in a bowl so that it drains most efficiently.
Then rinse and drain a couple of times a day until your sprouts have reached the size you like them. I usually do about 3 days.
Then put them in a bowl and give them a good rinse to remove all the little seed hulls (you don’t want these…they can cause the sprouts to go bad faster). Then I put them in a zip top bag with a folded paper towel in it to absorb any moisture, and eat them in and on everything I can.
Have you ever sprouted before?? What do you like to eat your sprouts on??