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06-21-2005, 08:08 PM
I just ran past this online tutorial for sprouting. I though I would post it for any beginners, as I know I am not the only one with questions on sprouting!
06-21-2005, 08:26 PM
What a simple explanation! The pictures help, huh. I don't use a jar, though. It's easier for me to use a bowl. That's the only addition I'd make to this tutorial: it's not necessary to buy extra equipment; most people can make do with what they have.
Thanks for posting this, Keeponlivin.
06-21-2005, 09:33 PM
Yes, after successfully sprouting my first seeds I do think a bowl would make more sense!
06-22-2005, 07:22 AM
Will a stainless steel mesh colander (i.e. Farberware) be useful for sprouting? I mean just leave the seeds inside a colander to sprout. I thought the use of a wire mesh colander might make rinsing and draining a lot easier. My only concern is that the seeds might get dry too quickly unless the rinsing/draining method is employed frequently during the entire duration of sprouting. What is everyone's take on this?
06-22-2005, 10:55 AM
I really don't see why a strainer wouldn't work. Maybe cover the open end with a paper towel or plastic wrap?
06-24-2005, 12:51 AM
I am totally new to this, started about 2 weeks ago (cheated one night and had Vietnamese Pho soup). But, it's a little intimidating, but this article on sprouting was soooooo helpful.
Thank you... :)
06-25-2005, 03:01 PM
Thanks so much for this link... I was nervous about doing this for the first time, but that tutorial makes it look so easy! I am looking forward to it now.
06-25-2005, 03:17 PM
Thanks!! This is like, oh so simple, yet I was very hesitant to get started :o I am hopefully doing my barley right? Now. It is soaking overnight and I plan to drain it and put it in a colander/bowl. (Colander to drain but it also has a bowl you attach to the top.)
Thanks again for the link,
06-26-2005, 11:04 PM
I LOVED that tutorial!
I also have been saving the plastic mesh from veggie bags (like lemons, limes, grapefruits - all different mesh bags) and I use that (doubled and tripled) with the ring from the canning jars instead of cheesecloth.
It lets more air in, easier to clean and reuse, and if you fold it over a few times and get the pattern right, you can even use with smaller seeds.
Good luck, have fun!
06-26-2005, 11:09 PM
If it were me, I wouldn't use metal, as the metal tends to oxidize plants, think of using a sharp metal knife to cut lettuce.
The plants don't like metal around them.
You might try a plastic colander, if you feel the need to use one.
I've always heard to use a glass jar. I personally use a nylon nut milk bag to do all of my sprouts, even though I have a fancy shmancy sprouter, I always use my bags now.
I've molded several seeds in my sprouter, (I don't know how, I rinse the heck outta' them), but none so far in my nylon bags.
So, I just keep using them.
I also bought some muslin jelly bags, and have used them, they aren't as large, so I can only sprout a couple of cups at a time, so I go back to my big nylon ones.
06-27-2005, 12:14 PM
That was a great article... makes it seem so simple.
My only question is where you find the seeds (like alfalfa) in the first place? I've never seen alfalfa seeds at the store anywhere.
07-14-2005, 11:02 AM
Magnolia's question was never answered. Anyone?
07-14-2005, 12:16 PM
They ARE available in stores. I suggest letting your fingers do the walking -- call you local health food stores and natural grocers. If that fails, buy online. You can find online sources by using Google.
Both these methods are described in Alissa's book and almost every other decent raw food book. <Said very gently and with love>
07-14-2005, 12:58 PM
lol..Rawtruth you are adoreable.
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