You’ve seen them in the grocery stores and probably eaten them on your salads and deli sandwiches, but did you know you could grow sprouts at home for a fraction of the price you pay in the stores? Sprouts are a nice option to supplement your food supply today while adding a healthy dose of vitamins. The seeds are also an excellent idea to stockpile. They will come in handy after a collapse when there are food shortages and you need fresh food for your family in a hurry.
Why Sprout Seeds?
If you’ve never considered sprouts as part of your food stockpile, you should.
- They are higher in vitamins and minerals than the fully-grown version.
- They are ready to eat a week to ten days after the sprouting process begins.
- They are easier to digest. When they are sprouts, some nuts and beans are easier for the body to digest than the actual vegetable, which is great for those who have finicky guts.
- Because the sprouts are easier to digest and higher in nutritional value, your body is going to get a healthy boost.
- Sprouts go a long way to boosting your immune system because of they are rich in immune-boosting vitamins.
Safely Sprouting Your Own Seeds
You can grow your own sprouts in your kitchen all year round. All you need is a jar! It is that simple. You can buy sprouting kits if you like or stick with the jar method. All you do is add a handful of sprouting seeds to a sterilized jar, soak them for a few hours and then rinse and let the damp seeds sit. Cover the jar with cheesecloth to keep out debris and bugs. To be extra cautious, you can rinse your sprouts three to four times a day. Use a fork to gently separate the sprouts to make sure they are being thoroughly rinsed during the sprouting process. The seeds will sprout in a matter of days and be ready to eat shortly after. You can store your sprouted seeds in the refrigerator while you are sprouting more.
Because you are dealing with moisture and humidity, it is imperative you rinse the seeds at a minimum of twice a day to prevent bacteria growth. Sprouts get a bad name because they are at a higher risk of carrying E. Coli or salmonella. However, when you grow your own sprouts at home, you can rest assured you are taking steps to avoid this. Always thoroughly wash your hands when rinsing the sprouts. Some people will dip their sprouts in a solution of three percent peroxide heated to one-hundred-forty degrees for a few seconds to kill off any bacteria that may be on the seeds.
Sprouts are a delicious treat and perfectly safe when you use an abundance of caution. You can always cook the sprouts to eliminate the risk of a foodborne illness.
Best Seeds for Sprouting
Everyone will have their own opinion about which are best. The following are some of the popular choices. Seeds sprouts can be eaten raw, tossed in a salad, added to a sandwich or used in a stir fry.
- Broccoli sprouts are a favorite raw or cooked. They are loaded with protein and fiber, two nutrients that might be missing in a diet when grocery stores are not an option. They have a touch of a spicy flavor that many people appreciate.
- Alfalfa sprouts are another top choice and are packed with vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K.
- Wheatgrass or wheat sprouts, the stuff you will find healthy folks mixing into their smoothies, is high in B, C, and E vitamins and packed with minerals your muscles need to stay strong and healthy.
- Brussel sprouts are an acquired taste, but if you can eat them, you are going to get a whopping dose of vitamin K, which is necessary for good bone health and a huge boost of vitamin C.
- Mung bean sprouts are a favorite choice for a stir-fry. They are a bit more substantial than the delicate alfalfa or wheat sprouts and have a nutty flavor most people enjoy. They are high in B vitamins and fiber.
- Clover sprouts alone aren’t necessarily a warehouse of nutrition, but they do provide a little of a lot of different types of vitamins. They are best served cold and raw and can add a nice crunch to a salad or sandwich.
- Mustard sprouts are not for the faint of heart. If you love a spicy meal, try adding mustard sprouts to your scrambled eggs or a bland sandwich. They are high in calcium which is going to be very welcome in a diet suffering from calcium-rich dairy products.
- Radish sprouts are a great addition to a salad and will add a little heat. They are high in vitamins A and C.
- Soybean sprouts are typically used in a stew or casserole. They are a little hardier than the other sprouts and add a pop of protein and fiber.
- Green lentil sprouts are another option for getting a good dose of protein. These are a meaty sprout best served in a soup or stew, although they can be eaten raw. They are high in fiber as well as a variety of minerals.
Many people are not aware that nuts can be sprouted as well. Soaking nuts in water for a few hours will initiate the sprouting process. Set the jar in a dark area and rinse the nuts twice a day. Sprouted nuts are easier to digest and you will be getting the benefit of the protein and other helpful nutrients without the stomachache that can often go along with eating a handful of nuts. Because the nuts are soaked and easier to digest, your body is going to absorb the nutrition from the nuts much easier and faster.
- Sunflower sprouts are not quite as common as some of the other veggie sprouts, but they are delicious. They can be eaten raw as a quick protein-packed snack or served in a salad. They are high in vitamin D.
- Peanut sprouts are a tasty way to get the protein you need without eating the raw nuts. They are delicious raw and can be eaten as a snack or added to a sandwich or salad. Peanut sprouts are rich in protein.
- Almond sprouts are high in protein and fiber and, because they are soaked, they are softer and far easier to chew making them a nice option for those with sensitive teeth or young children. You can use almond sprouts as a quick snack or toss in a salad.
Sprouting beans, nuts and other vegetable seeds is a great way to get you food in a hurry. When you think about life after a collapse, you may not have months to wait for your broccoli or beans to grow and be ready for harvest. You can get more nutrition from the sprouts in a matter of days. If you haven’t explored the world of sprouts yet, you are going to want to give these a try.