Several times through the years I’ve mentioned sprouting. I’m not as faithful about sprouting during the months that I have fresh lettuce in the garden or even during the summer when there are fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and other tasty vegetables growing in my back yard. Now that we don’t have anything ready for harvest, I’m yearning for fresh and tasty ingredients. Sometimes even the lettuce in the grocery store is just too sad for me to buy.
Sprouting is so very easy that anyone can do it. As a prepper, I see great value in sprouting. In the event there’s a time when it’s hard to find fresh veggies, sprout seeds take up little room to store and even though sprouts aren’t going to keep a family’s belly full, they can provide a nutritious snack, with a lot of vitamins and nutrients in a small package.
To sprout seeds, you simply need a way to keep them moist. I’ve used several methods. The bag method didn’t work well for me. My favorite method is this Victorio 4 Tray Seed Sprouter.
Another method is to place a few seeds in a glass jar and cover it with a sprouting lid. The lid is great because you can strain the water out without all the seeds falling out, especially once they’ve sprouted.
A simple way to get started is to use a jar with a paper towel across the top, held in place by a rubber band. This isn’t a way I would recommend for every day use but if you want to try it before buying anything, this will work.
We keep a large variety of sprout seeds on hand. These are the ones that I keep in my kitchen drawer and use often.
Some I like better than others. My favorites are Radish, Broccoli and Clover. The radish sprouts are a bit spicy, just like some radishes. They really taste like a radish! My least favorite is the Fenugreek, though it’s growing on me.
A great mix for salads is the Salad Mix, which is a one pound mix of broccoli, radish, clover and alfalfa. One pound of seeds this size is a LOT of seeds! These are all very small seeds which produce very small sprouts. If you have someone who isn’t likely to try sprouts, these are pretty easy to toss into a salad and not even get noticed. They’re also great on a sandwich.
Holly’s Mix has some of the larger seeds, which make larger sprouts. Included are mung, adzuki, green lentil, red lentil, French lentil and green pea. These are also good for adding to Thai dishes. I also keep a bag of mung bean seeds on hand, specifically for cooked dishes that call for sprouts. These are the bigger ones that hold up well to a little heat.
It takes just a couple of days to go from seeds to sprouts!
We love them! Some will like them, some won’t but if you’ve never had them fresh from your own seeds, I recommend that you try them.