Who out there would like to easily grow your own food in your kitchen for 13 cents per pound? We would! We have decided to break out the sprout jars again.
You may have heard the fact that everything necessary to create a life is contained within a seed. But did you know that when a seed sprouts, an incredible flow of energy is released. Each seed holds vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in reserve, awaiting the suitable environments to begin growing. It is at this stage that the highest abundance of living energy is in the plant, just waiting to be utilized by our miraculous bodies. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us for 13 cents per pound!
Here's how we do it:
Glass jar with lid
Organic seeds (here we used lentils and garbanzo beans)
1 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional)
Fill the jars about 1/4 full with seeds. Cover with filtered water so that the jar is about half full. Add a little wheatgrass powder to the water if desired; the seeds will soak up the trace minerals and nutrients. Cover the jar with cheesecloth or screening. Allow seeds to soak for 4-6 hours for smaller seeds, and 12 hours for larger seeds and beans. Drain off the water. Put the jar at a 45 degree angle, mouth down, in a place where it can drain freely. Rinse twice a day, then return to draining area. The miracle of sprouting occurs anywhere from 1-6 days depending on the seed. Refrigerate and enjoy your own crop of living food!
We highly recommend Ann Wigmore's wonderful book entitled The Sprouting Book in which she details how to grow, provides nutritional value, recipes, health benefits and history of the life giving, nutritional powerhouse of sprouts.
Once the garbanzo beans are sprouted, we are planning on making home made hummus. We will follow up and provide you with the recipe.
Not only are the spouts easy, fun and delicious, but they make you run faster, be a more flexible yogi, fit into your jeans easier and make you happy! Now, isn't that what life is all about?