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Homemade sprouts - Nom Nom Nom

kenny

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Sprouts are cheap and wonderful, just like me. ;))

50 years ago I sprouted my first alfalfa seeds.
I read about them in a paperback Yoga book my sister had.
I have not sprouted for years but I'm starting again.

A tub of alfalfa sprouts in the store costs 2 bucks, but that's not organic.
The same amount (when sprouted on your countertop) is less than 10 cents, and that's for organic seeds. :dance:

Sprouting is easy, really easy.
The whole process takes around 5 or 6 days, but each day it requires only a few seconds of your time.

Fresh sprouts taste better than store-bought and of course are super-duper fresh and crunchy; store-bought are sometimes soggy even the day you buy them.
I put em in salads, sandwiches, or a garnish to anything really.
I also like to just munch on the crunchy little guys solo, instead of evil junk-food.

Here's an intro to sprouting:

After alfalfa sprouts, I love bean sprouts in Asian stir fry and salads.
Again, spouting at home is amazingly cheap and easy and super Nom Nom!

I now have some mung beans sprouting - my first time.
Next I plan to try broccoli seed sprouts, then soy bean sprouts.

It was impossible to find alfalfa seeds locally.
Even Whole Paycheck and every local health food store did not stock them.
One person said it was a fad that went out of vogue.
Oh PuhLeeeeese Lady! :wall:

I found mung beans at Winco, but had to go online to find alfalfa and broccoli seeds.
 
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C'mon, Kenny!
We need photos!
 

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actually Kenny your thread has reminded me i have about 6 packets of raddish seed (long horrific story involving other half nuking the garden with long term weedkiller) left over and I've heard they make great sprouts
 

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so glad we not talking about these kind of sprouts :lol:
I thought the same too when I saw the thread title!
I love Brussel Sprouts, cut them in 8ths or less depending on size, and sitr fry them with other vegetables, so that they are still green and crunchy.
Or microwave mix with some oil and salt for about a minute.
Hated them when I was at school as they were boiled till death, mushy and looked horrible.

As for sprouting at home, with little green beans of some sort, I had done that before, liked it in salads. May be I should give it a go again next year.

DK :))
 

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Brussel Sprouts with bacon and blue cheese gratin, topped with toasted seeds or breadcrumbs, yum!

DK :))
now your talking !
ill probably buy like one Brussel sprout to test it out first (with a Kg if bacon and a big hunk of windsor blue - i have sunflower seeds on hand)

would you bake this in the oven ?
or stir fry and crumble blue cheese and seeds on top ?
 

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I thought the same too when I saw the thread title!
I love Brussel Sprouts, cut them in 8ths or less depending on size, and sitr fry them with other vegetables, so that they are still green and crunchy.
Or microwave mix with some oil and salt for about a minute.
Hated them when I was at school as they were boiled till death, mushy and looked horrible.

As for sprouting at home, with little green beans of some sort, I had done that before, liked it in salads. May be I should give it a go again next year.

DK :))
remember when almost all veges were boiled to death
before my mum got a microwave in the early 80s veges were awful yet as a kid i would munch on raw cabbage out of my little garden
ive never got the love for Brussel sprouts (or silverbeet) but my sister in law does them with bacon (everything is better with bacon) and she showed me how to cook them
i buy maybe 6 a year
id much rather a lovelly little white turnip
 

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now your talking !
ill probably buy like one Brussel sprout to test it out first (with a Kg if bacon and a big hunk of windsor blue - i have sunflower seeds on hand)

would you bake this in the oven ?
or stir fry and crumble blue cheese and seeds on top ?
The way I make cheese sauces is not for dieters, in that I soften chopped garlic in butter first, then add double cream, heat gently until thickened slightly before adding crumbled cheese to it.
I would add the chopped Brussel Sprouts and cooked bacon to the pan, and some chopped parsley too, season to taste, mix well before spreading it onto a shallow dish.
Sprinkle with more chopped parsley, grated parmesan and/or breadcrumbs, and seeds.
Then baked until golden at the top.

I do that with broccoli or Savoy cabbage, or a mixture of all 3. Much prefer it to cauliflower cheese.

@kenny - apologies for the thread-jack, sorry!

DK :))
 

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remember when almost all veges were boiled to death
before my mum got a microwave in the early 80s veges were awful yet as a kid i would munch on raw cabbage out of my little garden
ive never got the love for Brussel sprouts (or silverbeet) but my sister in law does them with bacon (everything is better with bacon) and she showed me how to cook them
i buy maybe 6 a year
id much rather a lovelly little white turnip
I am Chinese originally from HK and was brought up with crunchy stir-fried vegetables and not over-boiled soft mushy ones that I was given at school.
And I do not like naked steamed vegs - must add a bit a butter to them.

DK :))
 

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I am Chinese originally from HK and was brought up with crunchy stir-fried vegetables and not over-boiled soft mushy ones that I was given at school.
And I do not like naked steamed vegs - must add a bit a butter to them.

DK :))
our food growing up was nutritious and plentiful but bland sooooooo bland
immigration is the best thing that happened to food in this country and certainly to our taste buds
not that i don't love a nice piece of lamb and new minted potatos and peas

i remember when Dolmeo pasta sauce came on the market here and overnight my mother's cooking became more flavoursom
i remember when she started buying bell peppers - that was very exoric
mind you she would always buy weird and woundeful fruits that she would see at the vege markets for us to trt but garlic, ginger, chilli anything with heat or spice was the great unknown
 

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That's a great idea Kenny. I won't buy sprouts from the store after reading how they may have very high bacteria counts.
 

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I like to sprout lentils. I do mine in a big mason jar with a mesh insert in the lid so I can drain off the water easily. Mung beans are alright, but not my favorite.
I used to order sprouts on all kinds of things but the restaurants I liked stopped carrying sprouts because they kept causing food borne illnesses. Bummer.
 

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My mom makes these all the time. They are are so crispy crunchy...love them!!! They're especially good in fresh spring rolls
 
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That's a great idea Kenny. I won't buy sprouts from the store after reading how they may have very high bacteria counts.
I stopped buying them also. Unless I washed them with.....soap. No kidding.:rolleyes:
 

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Yes, concern about bacteria is another reason I sprout my own.

I don't trust the businesses to do the right thing 100% of the time.
They employ humans who probably are not paid well.

That's why I wash them first.
Everything that comes in contact with them was first cleansed in a bleach solution.
I also use anti-bacterial hand soap before I handle them.
Same when I make home made yogurt, then greek it.

Sprouts are nutrient and fibre dense, and when home-sprouted are lower-earth impact food that's pennies per serving.

Stracci, I'm not gonna post pics yet as I'm still experimenting with the process and equipment.
 
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actually Kenny your thread has reminded me i have about 6 packets of raddish seed (long horrific story involving other half nuking the garden with long term weedkiller) left over and I've heard they make great sprouts
Yes radish seed is on my list of sprouts to try.

I would not sprout them if they've been exposed to herbicide. :((
Also often seeds sold for planting may have been treated in ways that make them unsuitable for sprouting.

I don't buy many organic foods, but when I sprout I try to buy organic non-GMO.
Considering the customer demographic it's widely available, and not that expensive ... since sprouting at home is around 90% cheaper than store-bought sprouts.

I think I'm gonna buy this sample of 10 sproutable goodies: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/collections/sprouting-seeds-assortments/products/sprouting-seed-super-sampler-assortment?variant=38907663048
 
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Yes radish seed is on my list to try.

I'd not sprout them if they've been exposed to herbicide. :((

I don't buy many organic foods, but when I sprout I will only buy organic.
It's widely available and not that expensive since sprouting at home is around 90% cheaper than store-bought sprouts.

I think I'm gonna buy this sample of 10 goodies: https://www.trueleafmarket.com/collections/sprouting-seeds-assortments/products/sprouting-seed-super-sampler-assortment?variant=38907663048

Also I believe seeds sold for planting may have been treated in ways that make them less suitable for sprouting.
oh i got them to test for when it was safe to plant again
like a sacrificial Ginnie pig but i never opened the packets (plural) because the weeds told me the weedkiller had warn off
i only went with raddish becsuse they germinate in 3 days and im inpatient and also raddish seed is cheap and rose bushes are not
im going to see how they go and ill report back =)2

edit that sample pack in the link looks great
i think my system would die of shock if i was exposed to organic :lol:
 

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LOL

You'll have to be rushed to the ER.
 

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Intriguing, to say the least...

Digressing,
I love sprouted white wheat - always done in house (the idea is to let a minute green point show up after perhaps a full day of soaking; this makes the what soft and mikly as opposed to wood like hard, easy to boil intto a traditional dish - this & honney & grated wallnut, or, left to green slightly more, salad material) but I cannot find it here, so perhaps these.
 

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My mom sprouts her own mung bean sprouts in a tea kettle! She has explained the process to me before, but I work full time, no time for growing my own food.....she is a health eater and makes everything from scratch, in fact, your posts remind me of her @kenny ! I constantly get homemade yogurt, bread, sprouts, tofu etc from my mom. Her mung bean sprouts don't look as plump or straight as store bought ones, but they are crunchier and sweeter.
 
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