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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