Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We are Sprout People

Have you noticed how expensive food is lately at the grocery store? As a vegetarian, a large portion of my grocery bill goes to fruits, veggies and fish; yet in particular I was paying a fortune for leafy greens. Mescaline mix was high, red leaf lettuce and arugula, too, and I don't dare eat swamp lettuce (head lettuce with no nutrients). Thus we (more like the hubby) stumbled upon Sprout People - a site dedicated to selling a variety of sprouts (alfalfa and more) and providing instructions on growth and harvest. Here is our journey to growing sprouts and saying goodbye to all lettuce.
Step 1: Get a sprouter (we chose the cylinder version to save space). It is the best all around sprouter offering great drainage of water and air circulation ($13.85)
Step 2: Measure out 2 tablespoons of seeds. We went with the Russian mix (hardy and crunchy). Be sure rinse and remove any debris.Step 3: Soak the seeds for 8-12 hours. Cold water and lots of it. Water is the key ingredient to growing sprouts.Step 4: Sprouting - empty the seeds into the sprouter. Be sure to drain off all the water.

Step 5: Grow - place your container on the counter top away from direct sunlight. A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until a plant has leaves, light has no effect.

Step 6: More rinsing and draining - add more water up to the top and drain it ALL out. Don't shake the container (we like to use a smooth swinging motion - waving the container side to side to drain out all the water). Do this every day for at least 3 days.

Step 7: Greening - You should see the sprouts budding by now and this is the best time to place near the sunlight. Not in direct sunlight just nearby light (e.g. window sill, coffee table, etc.)

Step 8: Dehull - by now you should see your green sprouts by the 6th day. The hull is the dryer outer covering of the nut/shell. Transfer your massive sprout ball to a bowl or big container. Loosen the sprout mass by pulling it a part with your fingers. I like to place under the facet to loosen the mass and continuously pull out onto a towel.

Step 9: Spin and Dry - you can also place in a salad spinner to throughout dry out all the sprouts. Sometimes we just place on paper towels to soak up the access water.
Step 10: Refrigerate and Eat - store in a sealed container of your choice and enjoy any time.

1 comment:

James Black said...

I liked how you went through the process of growing sprouts. This was informative and fun to learn about. Thanks...