Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Growing Alfalfa Sprouts…

We've been going through a bit of a health kick around here and have been re-examining our diet slightly...I’m guessing it must have something to do with bikini season being around the corner :o)  But one of the things we are trying to do is eat more salads.  I love alfalfa sprouts and have very fond memories of eating them them on sandwiches when I was growing up, but at £1.30 for a little box of them in Sainsburys it is a “vegetable” that has been too expensive to buy on a regular basis.  Determined to make our salads and sandwiches more interesting I did a little investigation and found out that for a lot less you can grow them yourself…

All you need is a mason jar and something to act as a mesh for the lid…I used a £1 plastic strainer from Wilkos and used the mason jar insert as a template to cut out a circle of plastic mesh.  That goes in the lid and that’s all the equipment you need.

As an aside, you may wonder what to do with the remaining handle from the strainer.  I’ve thought that it would make a fabulous giant bubble blower or for those of you that remember Romper Room..how about a magic mirror?  …I see Lynda, and Liz. :o)  Didn’t we all wait and hope she would say our name!?

Back to the tutorial :o)

Growing sprouts takes about 4-5 days.  I got my sprouting seeds from a local health food shop called Naturally Good Food.  They do a mail order service for those of you in the UK.

The process is very simple.  Soak your seeds for 8 hours, then drain off the water.  Everyday rinse the seeds at least twice a day by flushing water into the jar through the mesh and drain well.  Leave the jar on its side between rinsings to encourage air flow.

Once you see the little green leaves you know you are good to go.  Rinse them well and store in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days…though we eat them pretty quick and they don’t last that long around here :o)

You can also get mung beans, chickpeas and lentil sprouting kits too.  They are lovely and crunchy and a nice alternative to bean sprouts.

Until next time....

7 comments:

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love sprouts on my sandwiches too! I may have to try this. Romper Room was one of my favourites and I was always thrilled when she said my name!

Caroline said...

What a great idea! Scrambled eggs with sprouts... lovely

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I love sprouts too -- what a wonderful idea Jane!

randi--i have to say said...

I have done this before, and I am glad you reminded me to do this again. Sprouts are a great addition to salads and sandwiches!

Janet said...

My mom grew sprouts like that for years on the kitchen counter. She just used a piece of clean nylon stocking for her mesh.

Liz said...

I will be having a go at growing seeds but what the heck was that programme

Paula TheQuilter said...

You should try some sprouted radish seeds. They look like alfalfa sprouts with a bit of pink at the base and are a little spicy. Yum.