Do you sprout? Sprouts are great. Maybe it’s not as exciting as grinding your own grain or guns, but hey you guys can shoot it out over the last few cans of peas at the 7-11and I’ll be safely sitting at home reading my books munching on fresh sprouts.
You can grow sprouts in the dark in a cool area. How many other ways are there to grow something fresh even if you are locked in your house for an extended period of time?
You can sprout all different kinds of seeds. I like a mix with some radish or arugula seeds in it so there is a little bite to the sprouts. Find a mix that you like. I like something called the French Mix. The seeds I sprout have 35% protein, amino acids and vitamins and minerals. That’s 35% protein that grows in a cool dark place in less than a week!!
Sprouting seeds is easier then making pie. Basically all you do is measure some seeds into a jar and rinse and drain them twice a day. I rinse them in the morning and then sometime after dinner. In less then a week you’ll have a jar full of sprouts.
This is what you start with, a standard Bell jar and a top that has holes in it to drain the water. I bought this green drain top and you can get them in different sizes. Before I bought one I just punched a bunch of holes in a metal top and used that to drain the jar.
This is my one pound bag of French seed mix. It’s made up from: clover, arugula, radish, fenugreek, cress and dill seeds. This one pound bag would probably sprout enough seeds to fill a 55 gallon drum. You can get seeds, a jar and a drain top for less than $10.
This is a few tablespoons of seeds in the jar after the first rinse. Just dump a couple spoonfuls of seeds in the jar, add water, put the top on and drain the water.
This is day two. If you look closely or click on the picture you can see that these babies are already sprouting. They look kind of like chlorophylic little tadpoles. Can you see their little white “tails?”
This is only day three and you can see that the sprouts are getting some volume to them and beginning to fill the Bell jar. Rinse, drain and stick back into the cabinet.
Now we’re really cooking. Rinse, drain and stick back into the dark cool cabinet.
Just about ready. They’ll be ready tomorrow morning. Rinse, drain and stick back in cool, dark cabinet.
The jar is full enough. I’m going to clean them up now. I put in a little too much seed. They could have grown another day maybe, but the jar is full so I’ll finish them up.
I dump the sprouts into a large bowl and fill with water. I then agitate the seed hulls off of the sprouts. The hulls float to the surface of the water. You can see the hulls have all been washed to one side of the bowl. The hulls are all that brown stuff on the left side of the bowl. The hulls aren’t bad for you, they’re just a little crunchy and get caught in between your teeth so I wash them out. I then drain the bowl and away go the hulls with the water.
Last, I rinse and drain them in a colander. Then I store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. I usually also put a paper towel in the plastic bag too to absorb excess moisture.
That’s it. If you don’t have sprouting seeds as part of your preparations, you have a hole that needs to be plugged. Sprouts are a great way to introduce fresh produce to a canned, dehydrated or dried diet. If there is a pandemic and you don’t want to leave your home for a week or two or a month then sprouts can give your body the fresh stuff that it will be craving. They’ll help to keep you regular too.
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