I have always loved sprouts and miss it terribly when I am denied them. Recently, I discovered that anyone can grow their own healthy nutritious sprouts, and its as easy as 1, 2 3!
- First, get yourself a jar or a sprouting container. A mason jar with some fine mesh wire (such as fly wire) over the top works, but there are commercially produced jars that are designed specifically for the job and are just as cheap. Mine set me back about $12.
- Get yourself some seeds to sprout. You would be surprised what you can sprout – seeds, beans and grains are all suitable. The sprouts in my salad above are a mixture of fenugreek, lentil, mung bean, adzuki beans and alfalfa sprouts. Check your local garden centre or health food store for a wide selection. I highly recommend health food stores for a great source of advice to help you get started!
- Go gentle to start with and only do 1 tablespoon of seeds at a time. Soak your seeds in water for the first 12 hours. I usually do mine over night. Keep them well-drained, and rinse them morning and night.
- Different seeds sprouts at different intervals. Try to mix sprouts on similar sprouting rotations. Generally, most sprout will be ready in 3 – 7 days. See a basic sprouting time frame chart here.
- Place your sprouts on a window sill or bench top that gets some good natural light.
Now, if you will excuse me, I think I hear my sprouts calling…….
- How to Grow Your Own Alfalfa Sprouts (thrivefarm.wordpress.com)
- Not enough room to garden? Don’t Pout just Sprout! (poormansprepper.wordpress.com)
- Stir Fried Bean Sprouts with Edamame: Goodness in a bowl (cookingwithshy.wordpress.com)
- Lentil Sprouts (glitterandgritgirl.com)
- Sprouting Made Easy (kidtestedfirefighterapproved.com)
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- My Sprouting Adventures (eclecticedibles.wordpress.com)
- The sprouting Doctor (theevergrowingnaturopath.wordpress.com)
- 7 Reasons to Eat Sprouts Right Now (mindbodygreen.com)