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Sprouting an easy How To…

March 8, 2010

Sprouting… what a great way to add live enzymes into your diet.  We eat sprouts year round but I am especially diligent to Sprout during the winter months when produce costs so much more and my garden is not in bloom. It’s a great way to save money and still get the nutrition we need.

All you need to Sprout is:

A clean mason jar with ring

Cheesecloth or Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

2 TBSP of seeds or legumes to sprout (I used alfalfa in the pictures/ it cost me about .75 for a whole jar of sprouts)

Put 2 TBSP of seeds or legumes in a clean mason jar

Place cheesecloth or wire mesh over the top and screw ring on

Rinse the seeds and make sure to drain completely.

I keep mine on my kitchen counter to grow but you could place them in a cabinet if you wish.

Rinse once in the morning when you get up and once at night before you go to bed. Make sure to drain completely so that the seeds are not sitting in water.

After about 2 days of this your seeds will begin to grow little tails as pictured below.

Make sure to continue to rinse and drain morning and night for about 5 or 6 days.

At around day 6 or 7 your sprouts will fill up your jar as pictured below.

Upon that point place the jar in the refrigerator and consume your sprouts within a week.

A few random ideas of  things to do with your sprouts…

Make a fruit smoothie.

I place all fruit that is about to go bad on Sunday (the day I grocery shop) into a container in my freezer. This is my smoothie container.

Sprouts make a great side dish by themselves (my 8 year old loves them). They taste very similar to snap peas eaten straight off the vine which my kids love.

Put them in a wrap or on a regular sandwich

Throw them in fried rice after you’ve cooked the rice. You don’t want to add them in as it cooks because it will kill some of the live enzymes.

Put them in Pasta Salad

Pictured is a “Leftover Pasta Salad” I made with all of the veggies that were about to go bad in my fridge. I also threw in some Edamame.

Hopefully I have explained it well enough to follow. If not feel free to ask any questions 🙂

If any of you that have read this already sprout I would love to hear your comments and ideas on the subject.