Bean sprouts, healthy, delicious, grow your own
07-12-2006 03:54 AM
Bean sprouts, healthy, delicious, grow your own
Seed to Sprout in 2-5 Days
Yield = 2:1 minimum, 4:1 maximum
Seed Shelf Life at 70° = 2-10 years
Sprout Shelf Life = 2-6 weeks
Vitamins A, B, C and E
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium
All Essential Amino Acids
Dormant seeds can last for centuries - or weeks. Learn what you can do to keep them viable as long as possible.
Though it not always necessary, it is always a good idea to Prep your seeds before you Soak them.
Dry seeds are dormant.
Soaking a seed ends it's dormancy and begins a new life.
In nature this seed will make a plant which can, in turn make seeds, which can in turn make more plants, which can make More Seeds which make More plants and more and More and MORE!
We eat all this potential. Its no wonder sprouts are SO nutritious!
REMEMBER: Once a seed has soaked up it's fill of water, it is Alive! It is now a nutritional phenomenon, with its own enzymes - it will take nothing but will only add to your body. We are used to sprouts having tails, but they don't have to. You can eat any soaked seed and know that you are giving your body an amazing nutritional gift.
Given proper moisture a seed will germinate.
Rinsing is the process by which we add moisture to our sprouts. Draining is the process by which we regulate the amount of moisture our sprouts have available - until their next Rinse.
The Sproutpeople's Principals of Draining:
Drain as much of the Rinse water
out of your sprouts
as is humanly possible.
In between Rinse and Drain cycles your sprouts do their growing. During that time it is essential that they can breathe. The best sprouting devices help them breathe, but you need to pay some attention too. There isn't much to it - sprouts can grow just about anywhere - as long as they can breathe, but don't have so much air movement that they dry out between Rinses.
We set our sprouter on a counter in the middle of our kitchen. The air moves better in the center of the room than along the edges. We don't mind the diffuse sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light. Light just does not matter much. A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until then light has little if any effect, and they need to breathe - so don't hide your sprouts!
On the day your Sprouts are ready to take in light - when their cotyledons (leaves) have shed their hulls or are about to - allow your sprouts light - if you've been keeping it from them. If you grow them - like we do - where light is already available, just watch the magic (it'll take a couple days so you might want to grab a sandwich if you plan on watching every moment =:-)
If you are Growing Grass or Greens you will have kept the light away most likely, so now is the time to uncover them. When you see them growing tall (an inch or so for Grass and 2-3 inches for Greens) but yellow (sans chlorophyll), uncover the container and move it to a well lit location.
Some of the crops we offer can or must be planted on soil or another moisture retaining medium. Click to learn all about planting.
When Are They Done?
You will find the answer to this question on each and every seed's "detail" page. Follow that link, click the seed category (ie - if you're looking for Alfalfa, click Leafy), then click the name of the seed you want to know about (ie - on the Leafy page, click Alfalfa).
De-hulling is the process of removing hulls (seed coats) from your finished sprouts.
We don't de-hull much. We never bother with Beans, we brush what we can off of our Greens - and since we grow our Leafy sprouts vertically, the hulls fall off naturally as we rinse. The only sprouts we always de-hull are Brassicas.
Storing your Harvest
Before moving your sprouts to that big cool box in your kitchen, they should be dry to the touch. In most cases we let our sprouts sit for 8-12 hours after their final Rinse, and extremely thorough Drain before we refrigerate them, but if our salad spinner can contain them, we use it.
You should sterilize your Sprouter as often as you can - between crops. It is always best to have a clean Sprouter - that way your crop will have a head start. We suggest soaking your Sprouter for 10-20 minutes in bleach water (1 Tbs. of bleach per pint of water is good and strong) and then scrubbing thoroughly.
07-12-2006 04:17 AM
im in hawaii and they serve sprouts and every korean bbq joint.. wonder if they still hold the same nutritional value after being cooked and seasoned
cause i sure love bean sprouts
07-12-2006 08:44 AM
Im not sure about that one, 20-30% protein is awesome!
Originally Posted by wrkn4bigrmusles
07-21-2006 02:17 AM
great post very thourough, might have to try that, didn't know they had that much protein, that would taste so good on one of my tuna sandwiches.
07-21-2006 06:26 PM
MMM tuna , love me some tuna with diced pickles, and a splash of dill.
07-21-2006 06:38 PM
Excellent post . Definetly some good information here.
07-21-2006 06:44 PM
Bean Sprouts are one of the most nutritous foods available, after learning this info ill be incorporating them alot more.
Originally Posted by fbxdan
07-21-2006 11:29 PM
if these bean sprouts are so awesome, how come it's not dried, powdered, and packed into little white containers to be sold in bulk?? JK, i do have to try growing my own some time. but it's hard being in minnesota where old man winter likes to suck the life out of all living things for 6 months
07-21-2006 11:46 PM
You grow them in your pantry in mason jars or the alike.
Originally Posted by DazzlinJack
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