This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
Guess what? There is a vegetable that you can grow in the dead of winter. Sprouts. All kinds.
It’s really cool because you can grow them with old glass jars (up-cycle!) and you don’t need any sun or dirt — just water. I found myself in a health foods store staring down a diverse range of sprouting kits when I figured it out. It took everything in me not to walk out of the store with the over-priced contraption, but I figured there would be a better way. I went home and put together my own kit. I’ve been growing sprouts ever since!
Why Eat Sprouts: You’re essentially eating seeds (protein) and they’re packed with fiber, vitamins, and healthy enzymes. When the little seeds go through the soaking and sprouting process, the proteins change to have increased nutritional value, and the vitamin content can increase by up to 20%.
What You’ll Need:
Glass jar – try to use something up-cyled, ie. an old jar from almond butter, ghee, kimchee, or jam.
Rubber band – most produce comes with a rubber band around it, keep them for projects like this!
Mesh – try to avoid metal, which will rust. I got plastic mesh at Home Depot in the window department. Cheese cloth works well too.
Place your old lid on the mesh, and cut around it with one extra inch on all sides.
Fill one tenth of the jar with seeds.
Place the mesh over your jar, and rubber band it on.
Fill with water, and let seeds soak for roughly 6 hours. Drain.
Rinse your seeds 2-3 times a day. After 3-4 days, you will have sprouts!
Throw them on a salad, in a sandwich, or (my favorite) on a breakfast wrap. Enjoy!
Check out Naomi’s blog Numie Abbot!