15 Creative Ways to Use Sprouts

15 Creative Ways to Use Sprouts

Sprouting, Sprouting
Have we ever mentioned how AWESOME our Facebook friends are. This is something that one of our great readers, Linda shared on facebook. We asked her if we could make this into a post so all could see. Thank you SO much LINDA! She got these tips for how to use sprouts from a garden info card set she bought years ago. 15 Creative Ways to Use Sprouts 1. Stir fry mung bean sprouts in sesame oil with mushrooms scallions grated ginger and soy sauce 2. Blend garbanzo bean sprouts lemon juice minced garlic olive oil salt and pepper into a thick paste chill and serve on crackers for a healthy snack 3. Combine soy bean sprouts fresh corn kernels and sliced red onions with an oil and vinegar dressing…
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Blasts from the Past: Learning the Lost Arts of Self Reliance

Dehydrating, Events, Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Sprouting
If you have been following along with our Extreme Food Storage Makeover you will have already been introduced to my mom, Grandma Lori. I remember growing up we used to eat homemade strawberry jam and bottled peaches and my mom would make alfalfa sprouts on the kitchen counter. As I got older my mom kind of stopped doing those things and when I got married I was so busy I didn't give it a second thought. When we started our blog people started to ask us about some of the "food storage swear words" like gardening, canning, dehydrating, and sprouting and we realized we knew nothing about them. I asked my mom why she never taught me how to can and she said "When you can buy canned tomatoes at…
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How to Grow Easter Grass with Wheat

How to Grow Easter Grass with Wheat

General, Just For Fun, Sprouting, Wheat
This is such a fun activity to do with your family. I learned about it at my son's preschool and knew that I had to post it here for you all to enjoy. Make sure to do it a week or two before Easter so you can have enough time for your grass to start growing! Hope you have as much fun doing this as we did. How to Grow Easter Grass With Wheat - Instructions Step 1: Soak a heaping cup of wheat kernels in a bowl of water overnight. The wheat should have teeny tiny sprouts. Aren't they cute? Step 2: Line your Easter basket(s) with saran wrap. Step 3: Fill the basket with soil Step 4: Soak the soil with water, get it nice and wet The…
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Day 7: Food Storage Christmas (legumes)

Christmas Gifts, Legumes, Sprouting
Next up on our list is Legumes! Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren't so bad. Here are some ideas to help people use, and understand legumes a little better: Options that are Free or Under $1 12 Bean Soup Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store. Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. If you want to be really ambitious you can include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card too. It's delicious! An Option that is $5-$30 Sprouting Kit Ever tried sprouting? Well if you know someone who wants to get into the really good stuff, give them this…
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Basics of Sprouting

Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Legumes, Sprouting
Sprouting can fall under several of our BabySteps since you can sprout many grains, legumes, and other foods. However, the biggest benefit of sprouts is that they can act as a fresh "vegetable" in your diet so we are covering it under the Fruits and Vegetables step. If this feels overwhelming to you, don't worry, it was to us too. Just follow Step 8 and come back to this topic when you feel you can handle a challenge. Common Types of Sprouts: Grains Wheat Rice Oats Corn Barley Legumes Peas Lentils Soy Beans, Garbanzo, Mung beans Dried Beans (black, pinto, navy, kidney) Nuts + Seeds Almonds Sunflower Seeds, Sesame seeds, Alfalfa Vegetable Seeds esp. pumpkin Health Benefits of Sprouts: Sprouting a seed enhances its already high nutritional value (i.e. Oats…
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How to Grow Sprouts

Jodi's Progress, Legumes, Sprouting
My gardening bug bit me already this year. But since it's still a little early to REALLY get started I decided to have a go at sprouting. We have heard that sprouts are really good for you and a GREAT food storage item (so watch for some future posts about the benefits/usages/etc.) but for now check out what I've learned so far. A few weeks ago, I was talking to my mom (affectionately known as GrandmaLori around here) about sprouting as I can remember doing alfalfa sprouts with her when I was little. She just happened to have an old sprouting container that she inherited from her grandmother that she doesn't ever use and she let me "borrow" it for my adventures. This sprouting container is pretty neat but the…
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