Sprouts of goodness

>> Thursday, May 22, 2008

The date is May 22nd, its sunny outside and officially spring....but why is it still 50 degrees outside? So in hopes to bring some warmth of summer into my sneezing, coughing, runny nose house, I opted to start some sprouts the other day. Have you ever ate sprouts? They are sooo good. A yummy nutty flavor, crunchy and filled with good stuff for your body. The best part is you can make your own.

What you need:
Alfalfa Seeds (can buy from any health food store)
Clear glass jar
Peice of cheese cloth (or clean panty hose)
Closet or cupboard that doesn't get opened much (I use under my sink cabinet)

What to do:
-With scissors, cut a peice of cheesecloth or clean pantyhose that you can put on top of your quart jar. (Needs to be big enough to drap over the sides a little)
-Put about a tablespoon of alfalfa seeds into the jar
-Cover seeds with water
-Secure the cheesecloth or pantyhose with a rubberband
-Soak seeds over night
-The next day, turn the jar upside down and drain water (seeds need to be damp to sprout)
-Put jar in a cabinet or closet where its dark and the jar will not be distrubed for 4 days

**NOTE** Everyday, take the jar out and rinse the seeds (I would do it 3x a day; morning, noon, night). Rinse the alfalfa seeds by moving the jar around a little in a swishing and rotating manner. Each time be sure to drain the rinsing water so the seeds are just damp—not soaking wet!

Check out the little seeds. They should be very white and you should see little sprouts growing! In 2 or 3 days, the sprouts will get to be several inches tall. On the 4th day, after you rinse them and drain off the water, put the jar on a windowsill or tabletop where it is going to get plenty of sunlight. Watch what happens! The sprouts will turn green.

Now you can eat them! Bon Appetit! Make a tossed salad and put your sprouts on top or try making a cold sandwich and add your sprouts. Jonas is a big fan of the sprout "Slam- itch".


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