Sprouts...on the cheap!
Jul. 28, 2011 8:44 pm
Updated: Jul. 28, 2011 8:51 pm
I decided to take the leap and grow my own broccoli and mung bean sprouts. The price of sprouts and micro-greens is quite costly in the grocery store and I have been eating them on a weekly basis. Due to my limited lighting situation I figured that at
this time I will only be able to grow the sprouts. I will be posting pictures of the process.
Well the internet said that it was "really cheap" to grow your own sprouts. My research lead to me to think that depended on who you ordered your seeds from. I finally managed to find a lovely heirloom seed company who sold untreated seeds by the pound. It
does not seem to easy to find companies who sell seeds by the pound at a reasonable price.
I learned a lot from reading how to grow your own sprouts. The first big step is to make sure you are sprouting something that is not toxic to eat as a sprout. You can not eat everything that is can be sprouted. In my sprout growing I have decided to stick
to sprouting the two things that I buy from the grocery store; mung beans and broccoli.
Further research explained that you have to use untreated seeds because as a sprout you would get a lot of the treated seed chemicals ingested into your system via the sprouts. When you grow vegetables the treated seed chemicals have time to wear off and lessen.
I am an impatient person and wanted to get started right away before my seeds arrive in the mail so I stopped at my local Walmart and bought 4 packages of organic broccoli seeds at about 1.20 a packet. If you must buy seeds from the store rather than in bulk
be sure to buy organic seeds as they are untreated.
So now I was ready to grow my sprouts. Right...Well not ready as it turned out. I needed one more item the wire mesh that fits into the ball canning jar to make my sprouts. I went to three stores and could not locate the round wire mesh that I had seen in the
internet videos. So after being offered to buy 10 feet of wire mesh at 25 dollars (no way) I had the brilliant idea to buy a cheap splatter screen set and cut my own round mesh pieces to fit inside the ball lid. That set me back $6.00 but was a much cheaper
option and I only needed a little wire mesh.
So here are the steps to growing broccoli seeds (note growing mung bean seeds take less time):
1. First take two tablespoons broccoli seeds and place them in your ball canning jar.
2. Fill the jar about half full of filtered water and allow the seeds to soak for 8 hours or overnight with the wire mesh lid on the jar. Make sure the seeds are all in the water soaking. Some of the seeds may be sticking to the side of the jar out of the water.
3. Drain the water out of the seed jar by placing it upside down on something like a plate
4. Then rinse the seeds in the jar by allowing water to run from your tap through the wire mesh screen onto the seeds and drain the seeds again.
5. Rinse and drain the seeds once or twice a day depending on how humid or dry it is in your area. Keep the seeds draining upside down in something like a dish tray.
6. Rinse the seeds and allow them to grow for about 4 to 6 days. Once they have gotten big and grown nice big tails you can then place them in a bowl of water to rinse and the seed pods should float to the surface of the water. With a spoon gather these pods
and discard them. Then take the sprouts and place them back in your ball jar upside down again to drain for the rest of the day and get their nice green color.
7. They are now ready for eating and can be stored during the week in the refrigerator in a container.