Friday, February 12, 2010
I went to a class on sprouting this evening. I must admit, I bought some alfalfa sprouts at the store one time, many many years ago, but I was not impressed at the time. I said I wasn't a cow and wasn't going to eat cow food........................ The thing was, I just did not like the taste. I didn't really know then that there are so many other things to "sprout" besides alfalfa!
My sister came with me to the class, even though she has been sprouting for years (not that I would know because we were living in different provinces for many years) She got away from it for awhile but is also thinking of doing it again. If she does, I will get some seeds to sprout from her. I don't want to spend a lot of money on seeds and then find out it is not really something I like for the long haul.
The lady who gave the class appears to have been sprouting for quite some time, and she has a lot of paraphernalia, but you don't need all that fancy and expensive stuff. Just a glass jar and some cheesecloth and a metal ring will do.
She had some samples of various sprouts she had done just for this class. They can be ready to eat in only 5 days. No need to plant in a plot of dirt, water, weed and wait for 2 or 3 months, then have to quickly pick and process (can, freeze, dehydrate, whatever you choose) You want sprouts for next weekend? Start them on Monday or Tuesday, and they will be ready.
We tried some sunflower sprouts and some Dakron Radish sprouts, also a mixed variety, but the one that impressed me the most was the broccoli sprouts. I HATE BROCCOLI. But these sprouts did not even taste like broccoli. I think I might be able to get used to them, and think of all the nutrients I have been missing out on, but would be able to get now.
After the class she had several food dishes to make so we could get an idea of what you could do with the sprouts. She had a zucchini and garlic (with some kind of sprouts) soup, that I did not like, smelled awful, and looked even worse. There was some Portabello mushroom burgers with sliced tomatoes and swiss cheese, and some alfalfa sprouts instead of lettuce. This was on some kind of home made bun that had sprouts baked in the bun, but I gotta say, it was so crumbly and fell apart just touching it! There was also some kind of salad that had a variety of different sprouts and some Dakron radish. It would have been good but I really did not like the dressing. But it gives me a couple of ideas, and after all, that is the whole point of these classes.
A friend of mine called tonight just after I got home. So I was telling her about my evening, She said she has been having trouble getting her sprouts from her grocery store, so she thinks that she will start to sprout for herself and then she can have them when she wants instead of having to go without because the store can't get any in.
Is this the first step on another road to follow on my journey? Time (if it could talk) will tell!