Growing sprouts in your own kitchen is such an easy way to feed your family and yourself better, and the cool thing is, it takes just minutes to start them. It’s okay to keep sprouts in a jar in the ‘fridge, but in order to have enough sprouts to feed them to the family consistently, you really need to have several jars going at once, and that takes up a lot of space. And you have to be sure to rinse them several times a day. If you forget, they’ll get moldy and you have to pitch them. (Experience talking.)
- Setting up a station to grow shoots takes minutes to do, and seconds to maintain each day.
- Shoots are a powerhouse of nutrition that can contain as much as 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables. 30 times!
- You can’t get any fresher than this: having your own shoots in your own kitchen, ready to toss into salads, stir fries, or to make into smoothies. Or just to grab and chew down, like a koala.
- Shoots have up to 100 times more enzymes than raw vegetables and fruits.
You might say that. I do.
Rosamay from Mercola.com sent me a nice sample collection of seeds for sprouting and for growing shoots. Mercola.com is a very popular (and very large) natural health website that you’ve probably heard of it. 🙂 Who hasn’t heard of it? They didn’t pay me or offer me any compensation for reviewing these products, by the way.
But I’m going to recommend them to you, anyway, because they’re awesome.
Dr. Mercola has raised the bar on sprouting and growing shoots, and he offers his own sprouting system for sale on his website. You can learn more about buying your own right here. And watch this video to see how it works! It really is so easy–even if you don’t fancy yourself much of a gardener, it’s virtually impossible to fail at growing these sprouts and shoots.
Take a look!
I absolutely love this sprouting system. Instead of growing sprouts in a jar (or in several jars) in the ‘fridge, you can grow shoots in trays by a sunny window. And it’s so easy.
I am growing the sunflower shoots from Mercola.com, even as I type. The seeds actually come from High Mowing Seeds, one of my favorite seed companies. They are a small company in Vermont that develops, breeds, and grows their own seeds, and they are industry leaders in seed safety for sprouts and shoots. This is such an easy sprouting routine, an infant could do it. They really ought to make that part of their ad campaign . . . “So easy to do, your infant could use our sprouting system!”
I wonder if Dr. Mercola is reading this.
First, you (or show your infant how to do it) soak the seeds in water for a few hours, and then drain and rinse them a few times, until you see bitty sprouts. It only takes a day or two.
Then you dump the little sprouting seeds out into your tray, which is half-full of Dr. Mercola’s soul enhancement. I’m going to try to use my homemade potting medium next time I grow these, just as an experiment, though I know from experience now that using Dr. Mercola’s soul enhancement medium makes this a foolproof process.
Then you weight down the seeds with something flat and heavy (Bryan cut me some small pieces of thin plywood, and I weighted them down with some floor tiles), for just a few days, until you see the little green shoots trying to poke out. When you remove the weights–voila!–it’s like green magic.
The green sprouts stretch out and reach for the sun and within a day or two, you’ve got this . . .
. . . amazingly . . . !
I highly recommend this sprouting system, rather than keeping jars of sprouts in your refrigerator. Any time you want some shoots to eat, you just clip a handful, give them a quick rinse, and they are ready to eat. Or you can harvest them all when they are ready and keep them in the ‘fridge, where they’ll stay fresh and happy for several days. I like to put them on my salads.
Check out Dr. Mercola’s sprouting package, and oodles more reasons why you ought to be growing sprouts here. And have a good day, you!
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