Sprout Seeds: Grow nutritious food indoors all year round

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Image: Wooden bowl filled with sprouted seedsDo you like bean sprouts? Did you know that you can grow your own? sprouting seeds It is an essential part of your food storage plan, especially if you have limited space to store your food.

The only bean sprouts I ate were the flat, long white mung bean sprouts sold at the supermarket. To be honest, I wasn’t very interested in them.

But then I discovered a variety of seeds, beans, lentils and nuts that could sprout at home. My family now eats salads and sandwiches, sometimes right from the sprout!

Yes, it’s really good.

Aside from the fact that sprouts are healthy to eat daily and should be added to your diet for nutritional reasons, sprouts are a great preparation technique.

What are sprouts?

Sprouts are live foods that are full of live enzymes. Ready to take food to the next level. Germination is when a seed begins to become a plant, giving rise to roots, shoots, and leaves. In other words, they germinated. It is the buds and leaves that are harvested and eaten. They are easily digested and nutritious, adding a satisfying crunch to other foods.

Why is sprouting a good preparation technique?

There are at least 5 advantages to including sprouting in your staging arsenal.

One. nutrition

Sprouts tend to contain higher levels of essential amino acids, and certain individual amino acids are increased by: up to 30%. Also, protein in sprouts may be easier to digest. This makes sprouts a very desirable choice in difficult times. Access to fresh non-meat/dairy protein sources may be limited.

For example, broccoli sprouts are one of the most nutritious ones… eating 1 ounce of broccoli sprouts gives you as many antioxidants as 3 pounds of mature broccoli! inspection this link Nutrition Facts list for the most popular Sprouts.

However, it is important to note that while sprouts are nutritious, they are not high in calories. Food storage requires both. Read more about the importance of calories in food preparation here and here.

two. indoor garden all year round

Even if it’s a blizzard outside, you can grow food indoors.

Seriously, if you live in an extreme climate that limits your outside growth months, Germinating seeds are a great way to grow a variety of fresh vegetables all year round.. No dirt under your nails, no warping, no fear of early frost.

Isn’t that cool?

three. security

If there are safety reasons not to do outdoor gardening, you can still have fresh vegetables if you germinate them indoors. If you really need it, you can place the sprinkler inside a cabinet, under the bed, etc to hide more. Sprouts do not need light to grow. Exposure to sunlight at the end of growth activates chlorophyll and turns the buds green, but this is not a requirement for taste or nutrition.

4. portability

You can put the sprouts in your car or in your backpack to germinate on the go. In a bug-out situation, you can: carry large amounts of food in a very small space. (See #5.)

5. Shelf life and compact storage

Seeds that sprout Shelf life of 1-5 years Depending on the variety. Refrigerated storage can be doubled, and frozen storage can be extended 4-5 times. See full list here.

Most germinated seeds are Very small but growing exponentially. For example, 1 pound of sprouting alfalfa seeds can produce 7 pounds of edible food!

Are there any downsides to germinating seeds?

The only potential “disadvantages” that sprout in emergencies are: amount of water needed. The sprouts should first be soaked in water and then rinsed twice a day. Growing sprouts can be impossible or difficult if access to safe water is an issue.

But, Sprout water does not need to be thrown away. In fact, the water used for initial soaking is full of the nutrients needed to be consumed as is, used as a broth, or to reconstitute dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.

How do you grow sprouts?

Sprouting is so easy that even a child can do it. (Actually, most of us have experienced bean seed germination as a science experiment.) Measure and rinse the seeds and they can germinate!

The basic process includes planting the seeds in the sprout kit, rinsing, draining, and repeating for several days. So, voila, watch them grow! easy! For best results, follow the instructions provided with the germination machine and seeds.

What equipment do I need to germinate the seeds?

No special equipment is required. What you really need is a sprout. Here are some options.

  • mason jar with screen – If you have a mason jar, you can buy it. Screen inserts and rings And go. Or you can buy a complete set like this: this or this.
  • 4 speed spouter – tray this version Sprout a variety of seeds and beans in one compact space, or start trays every two days to stagger growth so you always have fresh sprouts ready. see this video To see how this works.
  • easy sprout sprout – Simple, compact and highly likely The most popular among them. This is a must if you want to make sprouts on the go. we are here educational video Just to show you how easy it is!

It’s amazing how quickly sprouts can start to go bad. All of these options allow you to create relatively small buds that can be eaten in a matter of days.

Are bean sprouts safe to eat?

Food-borne disease is a hazard of fresh produce that is eaten raw or only slightly cooked if contaminated. If you decide to try germination, you must:

  • follow food safety guidelines;
  • using high-quality seeds suitable for home germination, produced in food-grade facilities;
  • follow the manufacturer’s instructions,
  • Always use clean hands and clean equipment,
  • Never eat sprouts that are discolored in color, smell, or shape.

What Kind of Sprout Seeds Should I Buy?

There are so many different types of sprouts. Dozens or dozens of seeds, beans, lentils, and nuts are all you need to germinate yourself. You have to experiment to find something that you and your family will enjoy. Be daring to experiment and find your own favourites. Your best bet is to find a variety of samplers, such as: this one.

But my favorite way to grow and eat it is to mix it together for gourmet salads and sandwiches, and as toppings for stews and soups.

What is missing from many emergency food pantry is the highly nutritious food, where the sprouting seeds can help. They are easy to grow, inexpensive, and provide essential nutrients for optimal health. Add this new skill to your prep activity to help you and your loved ones stay healthy no matter what.

Do you sow the seeds? What are your favourites?

This article was originally published on April 18, 2015 and has been updated.

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Amy is an air force tomboy and army wife. She learned early on that natural disasters follow, so being prepared is essential.

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