Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sprouting

Because we have a lack of fresh organic fruits and veggies in the winter, I decided to give sprouting a try. After reading that certain foods can contain up to 1200% more vitamins when spouted, I splurged bought some stuff to get started.

Sprouting jar and mung beans
I don't think you necessarily need a jar, but I picked this one up for a little under $5. I got one pound of mung beans for a similar price with the promise to myself that I will research more cost effective things to sprout in the future. (Since buying the mung beans, I've learned you can sprout sunflower seeds, lentils and brown rice. So, I'll probably try one of those things next.) 

First you soak the beans for 24 hours


Then you drain them through the handy mesh screen at the top of the jar and put them in a dark place. Every day you take them out and rinse them off.

This is about two days in.
Once the sprouts reach about one inch in length, you put them in water and the bean husks are supposed to float to the top so that you can skim them off easily. Although some of my husks floated, they didn't all come off that easily.


Some floated easily to the top, but not all.
I started to separate every little husk but quickly grew tired of that so I just threw husks and all into my stir fry.
Fried rice with onions and sprouts





The sprouts were pretty good in the stir fry. It was especially nice to have some greens that I grew myself in the middle of winter. Since I spent almost $10 on the sprouting jar and the beans, I wouldn't say this first time was cost effective, but I absolutely think the sprouting jar will pay for itself over time. Sprouting also proved to be a super easy way to get some nutrient dense food.

Have you ever tried sprouting? If so, what's your favorite thing to sprout? What do think the cheapest thing to sprout might be?

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