Sprouting is my secret way to provide fresh and healthy food to my family all year long, even in the case of a disaster. It’s easy and very cheap. Actually, once you have the equipment, you can produce this super food for pennies. Sprouts can be grown at any time of year even in the smallest home, and with the smallest budget. They’re packed with vitamins and nutrients, good for your health and will help you fight all the diseases.
A huge variety of seeds can easily be grown to eat as sprouts, including radish, pea, chick pea, mung beans, alfalfa, fenugreek, sunflower, lentil, and broccoli. Each one has its flavour, and can be eaten on its own or used in order to add crunch and flavour to winter salads. You can have fun experimenting with it.
Here is what you need:
- Wide mouth jar (you can reuse a jar from pasta sauce, too. Just wash it very well.)
2. Sprouting seeds
3. Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
4. Trays for draining water
You can buy sprouting seeds in your local organic store or garden center. You can also stockpile a few bags but be careful. Seeds have a pre-determined shelf life and they won’t germinate if you wait too long before using them. Here’s how to do it:
Place one to two tablespoons or teaspoons (it depends on their size) of seeds in your jar, and cover them with approximately two inches of warm water. Let the result sit overnight.
2. Drain the water using a fine sieve or cheesecloth.
3. Rinse the seeds by adding water to the jar, swishing the seeds around, and draining. Incline the jar and hold it in this position to drain the remaining water. The cap must be with holes, but you can also put a cheesecloth if that’s not possible.
4. Repeat step 3 every morning. This will take anywhere from three to seven days, depending on the variety of sprout you’re growing. Sprouts are at their best when they’re still fairly small and just starting to turn green.
5. Put the jar in a warm and sunny spot of your house when they germinate.
6. Store your sprouts in a covered bowl or food storage bag with a paper towel inside to absorb the excess moisture. Use the sprouts within a few days.
Sprouts are very healthy and they provide you with high quality vitamins, proteins, fibers and minerals. They will keep you and your family healthy. It’s like having a home garden. And it’s very productive! For example two teaspoons of clover seeds will produce a pint of fresh sprouts!
It’s a very good habit to have before a disaster happens. This food will allow you to eat fresh greens while other persons might be starving. You can combine sprouts and emergency pantry to provide you and your family with all the nutrients you need to stay healthy and strong. The only problem is that you need clean water. However, you don’t need to grow a huge amount of sprouts. A jar a day or every two days for 2 persons is more than enough.
So I hope I convinced you to start growing sprouts!
Rob from Survive the Crisis.
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