View Full Version : Price of sprouts
01-21-2006, 05:58 PM
I am wondering what the price of sprouts is, relative to other raw foods. Most foods are realtively easy to compare. For instance, it's easy to say bananas are cheap, or apples are cheap, and nuts are expensive. But where do sprouts fit in there? Are they cheap enough to use them as a significant calorie source? If you took regular greens, such as kale, it would be quite expensive to eat 2000 calories worth of kale, but 2000 calories of banana would be cheap. That would be about 18 bananas, which you could probably get for $5-6. Kale, at $2/lb, would be about $18, in order to get 2000 calories. I'm not saying it is good to eat that much green, but just trying to figure out how sprouts would affect my budget.
01-21-2006, 06:15 PM
Brad, I recommend you get some sprouting seeds and sprout your own. I haven't done the math, but they can be VERY cheap. Especially if you find a place to sell you the seeds in some quantity. Sprouts can be almost free when done that way, like pennies a jar, so they would help make room in the budget for other things. Plus you will get a better selection of types of sprouts, and they're fresher than if you buy them.
I prefer sprouting in a jar versus the purchased sprouters, so I would save that money too. I find you get a better rinse, have less problems with mold, etc... You can set up mason jars, then use some plastic screening under the ring instead of the lid. Or you can just use any old jar, an elastic, and something as a screen over the top.
01-22-2006, 06:54 AM
sprouts are so nutrient dense that you get a lot of bang for your buck especially if you do them yourself. It is so easy to sprout and it gives you so much more satisfaction to watch thoese green leaves pop up and you know that they are chemical free and fresh.
01-22-2006, 07:02 AM
I've been sprouting alfalfa, barley, wheat berries and a couple others for a while now, with great sucess! I too have not sat down to do the "math", but have a general idea that I'm saving incredibly!
I use the bowl method, that Alissa described in her DVD...and it's worked great. I just soak them in a sm-med. size bowl; then once they've started to sprout I move them into a large bowl. Rinsing the larger quantity can be a tricky thing, but I also have a bowl sized strainer that I got from an asian market.
PS-I really like your blue meteor!!! And hope you post whatever economic conclusion you come up with; I'm sure we could all use the "math" :D
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