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Day 35 - Sprouts!

My step-mom was asking me recently the difference between sprouts and microgreens. What a great blog idea! Let's start to talk about more ways to be self-reliant when it comes to our food. Growing sprouts is so easy! You just have to be committed to it for a few days to be successful! And they are a super healthy accompaniment in the middle of winter.

Here's the low down on sprouts.

To sum it up, here are the differences between microgreens and sprouts:

  • Microgreens are grown in soil; sprouts germinate in water

  • The leaves and stems of microgreens can be eaten; the "stem" and seed of sprouts can be eaten

  • Microgreens take around one to three weeks to grow, depending on the variety; sprouts take under a week to grow

  • Microgreens are packed with flavor and are often used as garnishes; sprouts are great for crunch

What you need to grow sprouts:

- sprouting seeds

- 1L mason jars

- sprout lids

These are my preferred sprouting lid.

How to grow sprouts:

1. SOAK SPROUT SEEDS OVERNIGHT.

In the evening pour about 3 tablespoons of sprouting seeds into the bottom of your quart jar. Put the sprouting screen in place and screw on the canning ring. Pour about two cups of non-chlorinated water through the sprout screen. Swirl the seeds, drain, and then cover again with 2-4 cups of water. Place jar on your counter top until the morning.

2. DRAIN AND RINSE SEEDS.

The next morning dump the water out. Repeat the process of rinsing, swirling, and draining. Once drained very well place in a bowl that will allow the jar to lay upside down at a slight angle. I use a soup bowl with a 1 1/2 inch rim.

3. CONTINUE RINSING AND DRAINING.

Two to three times per day you will want to pour water through screen, swirl, drain well, and place back in your bowl. Every day your sprouts will grow a bit more until they have filled your entire quart jar and started to turn green. This can take anywhere from 3-5 days.

4. STORE SPROUTS.

When you are satisfied with the length (and greenness) of your sprouts you are ready to store them in the refrigerator. At this point you want your sprouts to be as dry as possible, so make sure you are at the end of a drying cycle. Keeping them dry will stop their growth and slow down spoilage. Sprouts usually keep for up to five days.

5. EAT SPROUTS.

Sprouts are great on sandwiches, mixed with greens as a salad, or even as a crunchy topping to soup.

Here's some of the sprouts I grew this week:

Alfalfa Sprouts - great on sandwiches and in salads

These were a big sprout blend. We like to use these in stirfrys and salads.

Start growing your own sprouts today! They are super easy, nutrient dense, and inexpensive addition to any meal.