I'm not sure how I got back on the sprout train, after about 39 years off the train! I think I can blame it on Facebook and one of those adds they send your way. Probably because I watched a YouTube video about growing microgreens. I wanted to know the difference between microgreens and sprouts. Turns out they are a lot of the same stuff, except microgreens are grown in dirt or "planting medium", a made up name for dirt! Sprouts, on the other hand, are grown just like I remember from 1979! Using a jar with ventilation, and fresh water rinses, sprouts can be grown easily indoors. I know, the question is WHY. Because they do taste good and are really tasty and pretty on a sandwich or salad, and I just like watching those little seeds develop!
I quickly became determined to grow sprouts again! I've made a slide show of the growth process. If you click the "See More" below, I've also included some sources for your convenience if you want to join my sprouting revolution!
There are plenty of videos to show you the steps, it's really very simple, but this is one that I liked:
There are also instructional videos on growing microgreens, which I might attempt some day:
The seeds I've used were purchased at Villager Nursery in Truckee, CA. They were the only local business in that area that I could track down that had seeds designated useful for sprouting, organic, untreated and non-GMO. One of my unanswered questions so far is whether any regular seeds can be used.
The seeds come from Botanical Interests. They have a larger assortment on the Botanical Interests website, specifically under a search for sprout seeds. And this company has the best seed packs ever! The paper packs, both inside and out, feature a beautiful color illustration and lots of information. So make sure you read the inside!
There are more companies selling sprout seeds through Amazon, and I've linked to one of them. But my problem with the companies that I checked that way was more bulk quantities, which wasn't what I was looking for.
The sprouting lids were ordered from Amazon, made by WellBanee. You can get a set for 2 jars or 4 jars. There are definitely quite a few other brands, I just liked the color of these. Or, you can make your own with a canning jar ring with some fine stainless steel mesh (rust proof) or plastic canvas (fine gauge- 10 or 14 ) or even a piece of tulle or nylon stocking, which is what I used 39 years ago!
The jars can be any brand with a wide mouth screw top. The standard mouth of Ball or Mason jars won't work. If you don't want to buy lots of jars, check your local craft shop like Michael's or JoAnn's, they usually have individual jars for sale in different shapes and sizes. The jars can be pint or quart size, I used just 1 tablespoon of seeds in the small size, and 2 T. in the quart size.
I grew a salad mix of seeds at Brita's house in Truckee, and we (the adults) enjoyed them on sandwiches. But they can be used in other ways, one of which is in sushi. The radish sprouts that I grew at home have been my favorite, they have that crisp peppery taste. The broccoli seeds also are flavorful and rumored to be very nutritious. But be prepared for the fact that they will be a little smelly in the jar, just like chopped broccoli. I might have pulled them from the jar into a closed container in the fridge a little early just to get rid of that odor!
Now it's time to go make myself a tasty sandwich with sprouts and sliced turkey! I hope you give sprouts a try!
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