For today's Makin' It Monday, we're not really making something, but rather sprouting something! We tend to go through periods of time when we are sprouting a lot, consuming sprouts on salads, sandwiches, and inside whatever dishes we can add them to at the time. It seems appropriate for this time of year to start sprouting, again.
Have you ever sprouted seeds? The first time I ever sprouted, I used a nut milk bag that I kept dangling over the kitchen sink. I put some seeds into it, let them soak overnight in a bowl of water, and then rinsed them in the morning. Every time I was in the kitchen, I rinsed them again and let them drip into the sink until the next rinsing. It's important to keep the seeds moist and rinsed. It was thrilling to see the tiny little sprouts when they first began emerging from the seeds!
The taste of home-grown sprouts is so much better than those bought at the grocery store. There's a slight bitter taste on purchased sprouts that isn't there when you grow your own. I found out, after visiting a local sprout company, that it's a legal requirement that sprouts be rinsed with a chemical at some point in their germination. I don't fully recall when it happens or what chemical is used, but I suspect that the missing taste in home-grown sprouts is the lack of that chemical. I definitely prefer our home-grown sprouts---they taste better and they've been grown with lots of love. :-)
If you've never sprouted before, but would like to try it and don't know where to start, let me know and I'll post information on how to easily sprout your own seeds for nourishment and fun!
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On March 29, 2008, wrote:
Yes, please post the sprouting info! I want to start, but don't know a thing about it yet! :0 You're awesome Wendi!