Sprouting seeds to eat (via Natural Living Diaries)

It is so wonderful to come across fellow bloggers intent on sprouting. Again I was captivated by the gorgeous pictures.

Sprouting seeds to eat Juice bars seem to be springing up everywhere and people are talking about the advantages of wheatgrass juice and sprouting seeds. As a person who mills my own flour, I always have a large supply of wheat grains in stock.  Sprouting grains is incredibly easy to do and you do not need fancy and expensive machines so save your money and use an old container and your windowsill. I have an old Tupperware steamer that I use for my sprouting grains.  I … Read More via Natural Living Diaries

 

Metal versus Plastic Lids

First of all when speaking of metal we should declare that we intend to speak only of stainless steel.

The wire mesh used in your windows may be aluminum.  This is not a good idea when working with food.  Do now use aluminum for making sprouting jar lids unless there is nothing else available. If you find yourself in the aftermath of an atomic war or a soccer match gone horribly wrong, then use whatever you can find. But given a choice, lets reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s disease by staying away from the aluminum from window screens.

The reason I like wire mesh (stainless steel) more than plastic is because water goes through a wire mesh lid easier than plastic. Scientifically this is caused by the larger meniscus of water in proximity to  plastic. Plastic is more hydrophobic and basically gives water a hard time. Not very scientific, but the real explanation would involve formulas and graphs and experiments. So I figured, dump the formulas, dump the graphs, and just do some experiments if you are interested. And, you should be.

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Mixed Seed

These particular seeds are from a ten year old batch of mixed salad seeds that I purchased over the internet. I have had these guys with me for a long time. Mostly because they were such a pain to work with the first time I tried. But, now with my new stainless steel mesh sprouting jars they are much easier.

From the taste I have identified clover and radish. I have no clue what the rest of the seeds are. Sort of like Mixed Floral honey. Meaning, we have no clue but we pretty much figure the honey comes from flowers.

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Cucumber and kiwi tartine and sprouting some seeds. (via Myfrenchkitchen)

The pictures on this blog post make me want to double and re-double my sprouting efforts. Seed sprouting has made this kitchen so alive and vibrant. I must rush off eat something green and put some a handful of seeds in a jar 🙂

Cucumber and kiwi tartine and sprouting some seeds. Sprouting seeds is so easy. Healthy. Available to everybody. If you have a kitchen, you can have some sprouted seeds. Wonderful to use in salads and on sandwiches and it can serve as edible decoration on summer soups. VF: Les graines germinées sont très faciles à faire. Tout le monde peut y arriver. Si on a une cuisine, si petite soit- elle, on peut toujours trouver un coin pour un germoir. C’est sain, délicieux en salade ainsi que sur une tartin … Read More via Myfrenchkitchen

Lentils (French) Sprouts

French Lentils take 4+ days to reach (what I consider) optimal eating size. After my first experience with lentils, I would have to rank them as pretty easy to sprout. A little slower than my friends the mung beans. But their more delicate flavor more than makes up for it.

In my limited experience, they do not present any special problems.  For me if the sprout is too much of a pain in da rear to work with I just don’t work with it. There are plenty of good beans, seeds, and grains that are simple enough to sprout.

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Which Seeds Are Safe?

As the title of this blog implies, not all seeds are safe to sprout.

Fortunately there is one rule of thumb that will help you avoid problems: only sprout seeds sold as food.

That means, do not grab a packet of seeds from your local plant nursery for sprouting. Plant seeds are often treated with chemicals to protect them from bugs, fungi, and other creepy crawlies during the first few days of life in the dirt. Not all seeds are treated this way. But some are. When you buy a packet of seeds in a plant nursery the owners and suppliers of that shop had reasonable expectations that the seeds were being purchased for planting crops not for sprouting.

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My Sprouting Experiment (via Me. Myself. And Food)

Poking around wordpress.com I stumbled across a buckwheat sprouting experiment. Nicely written with good photos. Definitely from a fellow sprouting adventurer.

My Sprouting Experiment We already know why eating sprouted foods is so good for us.  Don’t we?  Let me recap just in case.    Sprouting brings seeds to life so enzymes,  phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and nutrients become readily available so seeds are:    Easier to digest – proteins, fat and carbs are partially broken down when sprouted A nutritional powerhouse – vitamins and minerals are in abundance Healthier – sprouts are plant-based whole foods which are unadu … Read More via Me. Myself. And Food

Simple Mung Bean Sprouts

This blog will cover the chronology of me sprouting simple mung beans.

The procedure has been built around my busy life style. I’ve selected times and quantities that work within the parameters of my life rather than what might be the theoretical optimal conditions for sprouting.

I have made many, many batches of sprouts this way. So, while this method may not be the most proper procedure it is one that works for me. I have found that sometimes it is better to do something that works rather than intend to do something the proper way that you never get around to actually doing. Of course your mileage may vary.

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Antinutrients

Note to others that might be looking at this draft: It is a draft.

When you start poking around in journals such as  Effects of sprouting on nutrient and antinutrient composition of kidney beans (Phaseolus vulgaris var. Rose coco) found in the European Food Research and Technology, you will notice things such as antinutrients.

What is an antinutrient? Antinutrients are natural or synthetic compounds that interfere with the absorption of nutrients.

What is an example of an antinutrient? Tannin is considered to be an antinutrient. This is because of its ability to chelate metals such as iron and zinc and reduce the absorption of these nutrients. Also tannin can inhibit digestive enzymes and may precipitate proteins — making them less digestible.

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Making A Sprouting Jar

This article will illustrate how to create a nice set of sprouting jars from items found in your local super market chain store.

I find that for me stainless steel makes for an easier screen to work with. The water goes in and out of the jar easier — when compared to plastic.

Also these jars end up being a little cheaper than the standard plastic lids you find in health food stores.

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