How to Grow Vegetable Sprouts – Simple Sprouting Processes
In so many varieties, from alfalfa to clover to mung bean sprouts, eating healthily includes freshness through a very simple process.
In a quart-sized or other sized jar, simply place about a tablespoon of seeds or beans meant for sprouting; then cover them with water and leave them overnight to soak.
The next day, place a mesh or screen lid, or some cheesecloth, or any type of lid with plenty of holes in it, over the top of the jar in order to pour out the soaking water while keeping the seeds inside. Once the soaking water is gone, leave the seeds in the jar for the rest of the day, but let the jar sit upside down so the water seeds can continue to drain.
Rinse the seeds with water and drain them at the end of the first day, leave them overnight with the jar upside down again, and then repeat with rinsing and draining again in the morning and evening on the second and third day. By the time they have been rinsed and drained twice a day for 3-4 days, you will see that they have transformed from hard, dry, inedible seeds or beans into delicious, crunchy sprouts!
Benefits of Growing and Eating Sprouts
Sprouting like this in your restaurant is so economical, since it’s much cheaper to grow your own sprouts than to buy all your vegetables at the grocery store. After the initial investment in dry seeds and beans, jars and appropriate lids can be improvised with materials many people already have.
Growing your own food brings pride and independence that are difficult to find in other areas of life. Psychologically and biologically, it feels good to know exactly where your food and your energy are coming from, a refreshing change from food that comes from anonymous farms, handled by anonymous people.
Different varieties of sprouts taste different, and they add a special quality to recipes that might need extra zip. In salads, raw lentil sprouts add spice as well as protein, and wheat and alfalfa sprouts are surprisingly sweet. Mung bean sprouts are mild and go really well in stir-fries, Thai noodle dishes, soup, etc.
If you’ve dreamed of your own farm but haven’t found your perfect homestead yet, go ahead and start to farm in the privacy of your kitchen, even when it’s icy outside! You’ll be glad you did, since sprouting will give you the know-how to grow and eat healthy food no matter where and when.