Sprouts are very nutritious for you and I put them in everything especially sandwiches or wraps. For those of you who are uncertain about how to do this I will show you with complete instructions so it is simple and easy for you to understand. Lets start out with the Jar. Any mason Jar will work. Mine is wide mouth and it has a plastic lid with a screen in it. as shown in the picture.
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I’m going to do alfalfa sprouts: 2 tablespoons in the jar with water fill half way up let sit for 12 hours. drain some water and add fresh leave over night. Day 1 complete.
organic alfalfa seed
2 tablespoons alfalfa seed
Next morning drain and rinse the seeds by adding water through the screen you do not have to remove the lid. Draining, you can now place it upside down in a dish drainer, repeat a few times during the day. Day 2 complete.
Day 3 with water
Same for day 3 and you will notice that they are starting to come out of the shell. Rinsing and draining Day 3 complete.
Rinsing and draining for day 4 and it is getting to be a bunch in there now (I’m on day 4) They are just now by the time of this posting getting a little bit of green on the sprouts. So after rinsing and draining them 2 times, I will then put them in a window to give them more light and sun(if it comes out). Day 4 complete.
For at least one more day or two. Continue to rinse and drain and when done draining place back in lighted window. Day 5 complete. On the 6th day you might want to give them a final rinse or two.
So you can see by the picture there are quite a few and by the time you take them out there will be a full jar. Not bad for 2 tablespoons of seed.
Pull them out of the jar and place your sprouts on a moist paper towel in the bottom of a sealed container and then place in the fridge. They should last several days this way. Then you can start on a new batch. 😀 ~ Enjoy I hope you found this helpful!
Wheat grass can be grown in a little bit of dirt or in water.. some people have used those vegetable trays that have the slots in the bottom of the trays with water in the very bottom and grow their seed right on the kitchen counter.. this guy shows you how to do it with seed trays and a layer of soil.
If you have animals and want to give them the good stuff and can’t let them free range ie like chickens, this is a great way of setting up a cheap fodder system he uses barley seed in this and I know many people are making this and feeding it to their cows, goats, sheep and other critters in a small farm. Sometimes commercial feeds can get to be quite expensive so if you have a place like this guy uses an old shower to grow his. There are other methods that you can use with seed trays and I will go into that in my next post.
I plan on finding a bag of seed to start mine for this purpose. My chickens I cannot let them run all around too many critters like foxes and other predators, so we built a chicken tractor for them. Fall is upon us and soon winter so this would be great for a supplement for any animal.
Barley is a crop sometimes grown for fodder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)