- Cons: another thing to think about and remember to do
- Cons: will we eat it? Or will it get tossed out?
- Cons: will my picky-eater enjoy them?
- Pros: my friend had given me some radish sprouts and I put them on sandwiches- my picky-eater liked it
- Pros: I think of RadicalFarmerGal and her blog about sprouting – and how it provides fresh greens in winter
The two "pros" thoughts are strong incentives, but I am still not convinced that I can/will do it.
So.. back to the "Sprouting 101" class. Going in with no real goals or expectations, as it was more of a social outing than an educational one, I was still ready to pick up pointers and "convincers" that may sway me "to the dark side". Coming out of the class, I realized that I had more questions than answers and still was not enticed to become a sprouter but thought I’d give it a try. I’ve tried so many other things over the past few years (the pressure canner for one), why not sprouting? I might like it. So, I came home with some radish seeds (because we had had them before and we liked them) and broccoli seeds (because of the nutritional value of broccoli). … and I came home with questions.
The answers that I got from the class were, well, this: Soak, drain, rinse, repeat. … and I saw that you could use the sprouts to make little biscuits or some dried crumblies that my friend and I thought would be tasty on top of a salad or pasta. Oh, and why sprouts in the first place? Because they are packed with more nutrients than you will ever get from a fully-grown plant. The questions I got were: why go from a jar to a tray? Why plant some in dirt instead of leaving them in the tray? Why would you put them in cheap plastic (risking toxin transfer) – especially if you were being health-conscious? Why? Why? Why?
My friend, who knows me well, was not surprised apparently by the numerous emails she received last night, as I shared information that I found while doing some research as soon as I got home.
- get a large, wide-mouth glass jar, some cheesecloth or equivalent material, and an elastic
- soak about 1 tbsp of the seeds in the jar 3/4 full of water (covered with the cloth). The time required for soaking varies, depending on the seeds. Some, 3 hours; some 6 and some not at all
- drain the water by tilting the jar and letting the water drain through the cheesecloth)
- set the jar on a 45 degree angle (or thereabouts) and let it sit to continue draining and to let air in
- two or three times a day rinse and drain the seeds
- after about three days transfer the seeds to a seed tray for continued growth, or eat, or put in the fridge
- you can also use soil but that, I think, would be "Sprouts 201"
I found a site that told me about the pros and cons of just using a glass jar for the entire sprouting process (LINK)
- it’s cheap; it’s easy
- drainage and air flow to all the sprouts is not the best
- better circulation
- more room required and a greenhouse of sorts to help keep the roots moist << work/attention
- soak seeds overnight
- place seeds in a dish towel that you have soaked and wrung out (and wrap the ends of the cloth together)
- place seeds/cloth inside a non-clear container with a lid and cover it (to simulate being under ground)
- leave them a couple of days, checking on them to make sure the cloth is damp (spritz as needed)
- no need to rinse/drain
- and in a couple of days you have sprouts.
- soak the seeds in the bag overnight
- rinse and then hang the bag (with container below to catch water)
- do the rinsing process 2-3 times a day
Such a simple process …. and yet so many options
- soak seeds overnight
- transfer to colander and cover with a plate (put draining bowl underneath)
- and wait.