Sprout Tutorial and Giveaway!!

Sprout Tutorial and Giveaway!!
Sprouting is one the simplest things you can do to add fresh, raw, nutrient dense greens into your diet.

BUT, do not sprout Alfalfa! Which of course is the main seed that all sprouting kits come with. Apparently, Alfalfa sprouts are mildly toxic and inhibit the immune system. 

I mostly sprout lentils but I also like to sprout fenugreek. I have found that if I eat fenugreek sprouts I get in a boost in milk supply, much more of a boost than if I take fenugreek in a pill form.

I eat the sprouts as a little side to my meal, I like to eat crunchy things with my meals like bread and crackers, because I don’t really like soft things in my mouth (I know that sounds dirty but I am serious!) so if I have sprouts with my meal, I tend to eat less bread or crackers with whatever I am eating.

So all you need to do, to have fresh sprouts (after you enter our giveaway!) is to soak the seeds in about two inches of water in a large class jar overnight.

Then rinse them out twice a day. After I rinse mine, I lean my jar upside down on the counter to make sure all the liquid gets out, so mold doesn’t start to form.  And wait for the magic! You can eat them whenever you want. Some people like longer sprouts, and others like them just as they have sprouted with no tail.
Sprout Tutorial and Giveaway
Here some lentils two days in.
Sprout Tutorial and Giveaway!!
And these are four days in.

So do you want add sprouts to your diet?
Then you will want the awesome Sprout Garden Kit! Here is how to enter:

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I will pick our favorite comment, whether it is witty and funny, or sweet and thoughtful, controversial or introspective, whatever strikes us as particularly awesome.

Good luck everyone! Giveaway will run until 5.11.11! I will use random generator to pick a winner and will email the winner and announce it here on the blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be announced.

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  • Lindsey (Mother Rising)
    April 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    So. Do you use dried lentils or do you buy them raw or something?

    So after the overnight soak, the next day they aren't sitting in water, right? They just get rinsed and then drained… am i thinking about this right?

  • Stephanie
    April 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Yup, I buy dried lentils in the bulk section at New Leaf.
    And yes, after they soak overnight you rinse them out and they are now just lentils in a jar, working on sprouting themselves.

  • eidolons
    April 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I've been wanting to try this. I lovelovelove sprouts. So. I could do this with a mason jar and cheesecloth.. right? Because the sprout kit has some kind of mesh lid, doesn't it?

    Also, I keep meaning to email you and thank you for the cup. We love it! My toddler has actually claimed ownership of it, but the Beast has given it a shot, too. So – Thank you! (:

  • body lift
    April 19, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Really nice tutorial and it will be easy to follow. I think this technique will going good. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • sk
    April 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    I would love to get into the habit of sprouting. I can't say that I LOVE sprouts, but I appreciate how easy they are, and how nutritious. I also want to sprout grains for my chickens.
    Your blog is looking so great!

  • Carol M
    April 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    I was wondering, can you do this with other plants? Other then a bean? Not to eat but to help them grow? And are the alfala sprouts in the store (the ones that look like boxed grass) bad?

  • Stephanie
    April 27, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    @Carol M…I am not sure. I bet you could with some seeds. I know you can do it with avocados! I grew up on an avocado farm, its a fun thing to do with kids.

  • crysi
    March 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    I found this blog and working hard to increase/protect my supply. How much of the sprouts were consumed at any given time?

    • Stephanie
      March 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      I sprout two tablespoons at a time in my glass jar, I would eat a serving at lunch and dinner and that would last me about two days.

  • Jill
    July 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I want to ty fenugreek sprouts to increase my milk supply but don’t know how much/ how often to eat them. All I can find online it dosage recommendations for pill form. I gag when I take capsules so I can’t handle having to take at least 6 capsules of them a day. My sister-in-law has a micro green business so she’s going to grow some for me…just don’t know how much to eat. Thanks!