February 2, 2010
Trying Something New- Sprouts!
My mother-in-law will REALLY think I've gone off the deep end now, but I am trying to grow sprouts! (I say that in love! She knows I love her!)
I have read MANY places on the healthy benefits of sprouts and how there is a huge concentration of vitamins and nutrients, packed in the tiny little sprout. These sprouts you can throw in a salad or on a sandwich.
Sprouts are the only plants that after harvested, actually INCREASES in vitamins and nutrients! Because it continues to grow! Even after you stick some sprouts in your salad and put some salad on your plate, they are growing right there in front of you! Well, maybe not so you can see, but it IS growing!
I ordered some sprouting lids with my seed order, but you can also MAKE your own lids with a screen cut to fit the top of a jar.
Basically with sprouts, this is all you do:
Soak them for several hours (depending on the type of seeds you have).
When they have soaked, drain off the water (why you need the screened lid!). Then rinse with water.
You then leave the jar tipped upside-down, so it can drain.
You rinse the seeds/ sprouts 2 times a day for a few days.
Then, depending on the type of seeds, harvest (after about 3-5 day) by taking out of the jar and refrigerate and eat!
You can also save the "extras".
***Depending on the type of seeds you have, you need to follow specific instructions on soak time, grow time, etc. These will usually come with the seeds when you purchase them or any screens that you purchase for your jars. Info can also be found via the Internet!
I have chosen alfalfa sprouts. They are said to have a VERY high amount of several types of minerals, protein, Vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, & K.
I will keep you posted on how these turn out!!! This is something new to me! But, I like the fact that I am growing something that there are no chemicals & hardly any work needed! Plus, they are PACKED FULL of the vitamins and minerals we need, naturally!