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Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 09:54

 

 

HOW TO SPROUT

 

Overwhelming interest in the plight of sprouts has motivated me to impart my wisdom on the subject. 

GOING FROM SEED TO SEEDLING;

 

1.  The whole miracle happens when a seed comes in contact with water.  

 

2.  You must decide how many sprouts you will want and when.  

 

3.  You must determine what sort of sprouts you want. 

 

4.  Be prepared for heartache, especially at first.  Crop failures happen.

 

EXPOUNDING ON THE SPROUT NURSERY 

 

There are several popular ways to make a little sprout nursery.  Most people start off with a large mouthed one or two quart GLASS jar.  I think it's important that it be glass, because sprouts take in everything, and plastic just shouldn't be one of them.  

 

The jar needs a ventilated lid.  A lot of people use cheesecloth and hold it on with a rubberband or something.  Also, there are lids that are sold for this purpose that you can find at a health food store, or on the internet.  Let me just say, I like "The Sprout People."  BTW there are beginner kits that have a container and seeds varieties.  One other point about the lid.  There are sizes of the holes of the lids.  The thing is to keep the seeds in the container, so if you have tiny seeds (like broccoli) or the seeds are just starting, use the smaller "day one" holes.  As the sprouts grows, you progress to larger holes.  

 

One really good method is called "The Easy Sprouter."  This is a little one quart terrarium that sells for about $5.  Yes, it's plastic.  I'd say it would be the best way to go, except there's only one way I know of to get them, which is to go online.  Google "The Sprout People" or else "Easy Sprouter." Glass jars can also be purchased from The Sprout People, and lids.  

 

OK, so you have prepared your sprout nursery.  Now you put in some seeds.  Most people start with mung or alfafa.  Also, they're the easiest to find at places like health food stores.  Put in about two tablespoons per quart into your container.  Fill the container with water, and let the dear little seeds soak for a few hours, like overnight.  Then pour off the water through the lid, so all the seeds don't fall out.  

 

Your sprouts have now been watered once. 

 

DAY ONE OF THE NEW BUDDING PLANT

 

It's a great day for the little seed.  Imagine it's excitement!  Where will it go?  What will it be?  

 

You are captain of its destiny now.  If it's a mung, it needs to go into a dark place all the days of its nurturing, until it winds up eaten or in the regrigerator.  This is a larger seed in the great scope of things, and if it gets too much light it becomes woody.  No, keep it in the dark and it will be tender and juicy.  If it's alfalfa, just put it on the counter.  Sprouts need shade from full sunlight. They're too fragile for that.  But after day one they can go live on the windowsill.  (Except for mung.

 

It is very important that a jar be tilted at an angle resting on its lid, so that the water can slowly drain off betweens rinsings.  I just find a bowl and prop it up in that. 

 

BTW this isn't necessary with the Easy Sprouter.  It drains from holes in the bottom that collect in its outer shell.  

 

At the end of its long, busy first day, the sprout need to be rinsed a second time.  Just fill the container with water and pour it off, and put the jar back in its bowl in a tilted position. 

 

And the evening and the morning were the first day.  

 

 

DAY TWO 

 

By now, you should see budding on the sprouts.  Hurray!  Prospects look good! 

 

The sprouts need to be rinsed twice a day.  

 

 

ABOUT DAY FOUR OR FIVE

 

By now the sprouts should have taken wings.  They are just about ready to fly away to their destiny.  

 

But one important step remain.  They need to be dehulled.  You could just put them in a large bowl, fill it with water, swish the sprouts around, and let the hulls rise to the surface and brush them off.  You might like to use a salad cleaner - those things with the cord you pull on top to clean lettuce.  The important thing is, after you've rinsed off the hulls, drain the sprouts by putting them back in their jar in a tilted position for a couple of hours

 

 

THE HARVEST 

 

Your crop is now ready for harvest.  Yay!  You have successfully gardened.  Now for the reward.  

 

Well, you can either eat them right away, or put them in the refrigerator.  You can store them in the container you grew them in, with the ventilated lid.  You can put them in a plastic baggie.  

 

If you eat them right away, what can you do with them other than eat raw sprouts?  Well, some sprouts, like alfafa, are good prepared like salads.  Broccoli is another one that's good this way.  I have a blue cheese dressing I like to make for broccoli sprouts, but if I do this every day, I'll gain weight.  Or put oil and vinegar on them and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  

 

The mung is also OK for salad.  I like to sautee onion and garlic and then stir fry the mung.  Not too long!  About three minutes.  I use about a half teaspoon of salt per quart.  They're good like this or you could beat two or three eggs and mix them in that and fry them like pancakes for five minutes on each side.  Then you have egg foo yung.  YUM!  

 

That's the basics.  Sprouts respond to being blessed, just like people.  



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Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 21:50

Oh my!  Diana, this is wonderful news.  Broccoli sprouts.



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Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 19:50

So today I went to my favorite market and bought some organic broccoli sprouts!  (Hmmm...I hope that means they were not sprouted in plastic).  I sauteed up some onions, mushrooms, several type of peppers, cabbage and snow peas.  I put a small handful of the sprouts on top of the veggies and one broiled lamb chop on the side.  It was delicious!  I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet crunch of the raw sprouts and felt so proud of myself for eating healthy.  Thanks for the inspiration Babs!!  :)



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Posted on Sun, Aug 11, 2013 20:53

Hi Diana,

 Ha!  Isn't that something!  The cantalope scultpure is greeeat!  I love it! I love it!!   Yes, a fitting tribute to RMac.



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Posted on Sun, Aug 11, 2013 17:31

Lolololol....ooooweee Babs!  The Great Cantalope!  That's hilarious!  The inspiration is actually from Hope's nickname for RMac.   The great and wise OWL....for his wisedom, charm and dignity. 



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Posted on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 12:35

Hi Lady Di!

 

For some reason looking at the Great Cantalope Owl makes me hungry.

Where is the party?  



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Posted on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 04:55

Wow!  The Great cantalope!  Captured on film!  I love that!!

A pot luck?  But what about my marinara sauce?  



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Posted on Fri, Aug 09, 2013 21:58

Bab~

Thank you for posting this information.  It seems simple enough....I'm just not sure about....mung????  Hmmm....I'll have to take your word on that.  *wink*

 

From time to time, we in blogland entertain the notion of a meeting.  Perhaps we'll do a pot luck and you can bring a sprout dish.  I will definitely like to try a taste.  In honor of RMac...I'll bring the fresh fruit/veggie dish.


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