Have you ever walked in the fresh produce isle in the grocery store and looked for something interesting to spice up your borings old salads with? Then the dainty and beautiful sprouts caught your eye. Picking it up just to get a mini heart attack over the price... Does this sound like you? Well I've got good news for you. Growing your own sprouts are super easy and here's my easy step by step guide.
The first part is the most fun - choosing your seeds... Mungbeans, lentils and alfalfa are the three most fool-proof ones to start with. Later as you start to get the hang of it you can get adventurous and start playing with seeds like broccoli, radish, beetroot, onion, peas, cabbage or clover.
Once you've decided on what seeds you want to start with, you can get going. Get a clean glass jar (about a mayo size). Poor a single layer of seeds in the bottom of the jar and fill with water. Let the seeds soak for a minimum of 6 hours or best, overnight. Then pour the water off. Cover the jar with a piece of material and a rubber band and let it stand (out of direct sunlight). Then you have to rinse the seeds with fresh water 3 times a day for as many days as it may take. So fill the jar up until all the seeds are covered and pour the water off again, through the material so that the seeds don't escape.
Depending on the type of seed you chose, they can start sprouting after 1 to 9 days. I love that the lentils and mungbeans start spouting so quickly - fast results! You can start eating your sprouts as soon as they start getting a little tail (the root) or you can keep on rinsing for a few extra days and eat them once they have formed a proper root and leaf stem. I always say that the longer you leave them the better value for money it is.
I know I started by saying you might want to jazz up your salad but sprouts can be used for so much more than just salads. You can chuck them in a stir-fry, soup, wrap, sandwich or use them as decorations on basically any meal.
Go and and try sprouting - it's such a fun, healthy and rewarding hobby!
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