- Sprouted seeds provide lots of LIVE nutrients, vitamins, and minerals as well as enzymes, etc.
- Sprouts are easily digested.
- Sprouts provide good fiber.
- Sprouts provide a fresh crunch to liven up your meal.
- Sprouts are inexpensive.
- Sprouts are fresh.
- Sprouting seeds to eat is easy, taking only minutes a day.
- Special equipment doesn't need to be expensive, and you can use and reuse and reuse.
- BEST: The sprouting seeds store for around a year. You could grow your own, allowing your broccoli or radish (etc) to bolt/go to seed. Gather the seeds, and store in a cool/dry place. If you were locked in a room with your stored supplies, water, sprouting equipment and seeds, you'll get some fresh "vegetables" with your meal. Good idea, huh?
- Buy seeds marked for Only Sprouting. Seeds for growing are often treated with a chemical to speed growing in the garden.
- Seeds to sprout include: beans, broccoli, cabbage, mustard, quinoa, alfalfa, radishes, fenugreek, lentils, peas, and red clover. There are probably more... check out the sites listed below.
- Don't allow the seeds to get too hot or too dry. Store in an area WITH oxygen - if you include an oxygen absorber pack, the seeds will die and won't germinate. Store seeds in a "breathable container".
- A wide-mouth jar - quart to gallon size.
- Bowl big enough to fit jar kinda-on its side.
- Netting or screening or tulle from the fabric store (to cover top of jar)
- Rubber band for top of jar to keep netting on.
- Fresh water
- Seeds marked good for sprouting.
- There are also actual sprouting machines, like the Sproutmaster. http://www.sproutmaster.com/
- Measure 1-4 tablespoons of sprouting seeds. Place in jar. Cover with netting. Secure with rubber band. Add some water. Swirl it around and drain. Add 1 cup of cool water. Don't drain this - soak for 4-8 hours.
- Rinse 2 times a day. How? Drain initial soak water, refill jar with more cool water. Swirl and drain. Place jar at an upside-down angle in the bowl. Second and subsequent times: refill jar with more cool water, swirl, drain, and prop upside down at an angle in bowl.
- When the sprouts are a couple of inches long, they are ready to eat. Enjoy right away, or store in refrigerator in a covered bowl. Wash out the sprouting jar and start a new batch, perhaps with a different kind of seed.
Here are just a few Sources of Seeds: