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Friday, August 10, 2012

I just read an article about sprouts and was wondering if anybody on sparks grows their own. If so how do you grow yours? How do you eat them? Can they be cooked? or do you eat them raw? and what advice can you give me to try sprouting?
thank you
Becky
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BRAVELUTE 8/10/2012 9:17PM

    Sorry. As if I didn't write enough already!! Okay, buy a pack of mesclun mix seeds. Plant them in a row. Thin them by cutting the little plants that are too close together, and you will have a small handful of lettuce sprouts to adorn a special dish like grilled tuna or tilapia. Very special. And if you don't want to grow a row of beautiful lettuce, just sprout them like the other directions and still use the baby mesclun greens as a garnish that you actually eat. They are very tasty AND pretty.

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BRAVELUTE 8/10/2012 8:10PM

    You have seen raw sprouts on salad bars, and cooked sprouts in canned chinese bean sprouts that have been cooked. Also, baby mesclun greens are lettuce seeds sprouted and harvested young. So you can do both types of things. I get my seeds to sprout at the local health food store, but there are many sources on the internet. Just google "sprouting seeds." That could be your web search tomorrow.

I sprout mung beans, garbanzos (chick peas), and wheat berries routinely. I usually use a glass jar like a mason jar. Put about 1 cup seeds in the quart jar, and fill with water. I tie cheesecloth over the top with a rubber band, but nylon screen is also used. In the morning, empty the water, rinse several times, and set on a slant so that air gets to all seeds and water can drain out. I use a cake pan for this and put the bottom of the jar on the edge of the pan and the rim on the bottom of the pan. Rinse well and empty the rinse water at least 3 times. I do 4: after each meal and before bed. Once you see roots sticking out of the seeds, you can start to eat them. They can be eaten raw or cooked. Once they have sprouted, I move them to a plastic container with a lid like a recycled blueberry container to store them in the refrigerator. If I'm storing wheat sprouts, I put a layer of cheesecloth in first so they won't fall out the holes in the container.

Continue to rinse and drain(holes make this easy).

If you have kids, let them chew a few sprouted berries like gum. Wheat berries (and others) can be sprouted on a soil-less mix and grown until they are about 3 inches tall to juice.



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NELLIEC 8/10/2012 6:30PM

    I have raised sprouts before, but not nowadays. One of the main things to do is to rinse them daily so they don't get yucky!

Alfalfa sprouts you can have in salads, whereas bean sprouts I think are used more in stir fry.

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NANCYANNE55 8/10/2012 5:35PM

    I haven't grown them, but for cooking it would be helpful to know if you are talking about alfalfa sprouts or bean sprouts.

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KLONG8 8/10/2012 3:32PM

    Well, I sure haven't grown them! But I used to use them a lot. Put them in salads and added them to stir fries. Now they can't be found in our local stores very often. I think they spoil quickly.....

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