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The Wife Sprouts…

Sprouting Project 01

My wife has grown her own bean sprouts in the past; usually on paper-lined trays or else in old Mason jars. Just recently however, she came across these useful sprouting trays that are especially designed so that they maintain the right moisture level for keeping the seeds properly hydrated, but not waterlogged. On my recent trips to Ottawa and then Yellowknife, I was deputized to bring back a wide selection of grains and legumes so that she could test them out in her new acquisition. Thus far, she has tried alfalfa, mung beans, and daikon radish sprouts, and, in the above picture you can see the seeds just after they began to germinate…

Sprouting Project 02

Here are the sprouting trays a few days later. The bottoms of each tray are ridged to keep the actual seeds raised as they germinate, and a series of drains allows excess water to flow into the very bottom compartment. My wife uses this nutrient rich run-off to water her houseplants.

I used the yield from this particular batch to male a salad, a stir-fry of mung beans and mushrooms, and I also used a combination of all three sprouts to make some Temaki rolls using Nori seaweed. This last experiment worked very nicely and, as we grow more sprouts, I shall recreate the dish and share it with you here. Stay tuned …

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. We have thinking of trying to grow our own food…talk about super food! Thanks for sharing!

    August 22, 2013
  2. I bought one of those burlap sprouting bags they have now – it works OK, but I find it dries out super fast in the indoor arctic air, needs tight supervision. I’ve done mung beans with success and other smaller stuff with some success – your wife’s setup looks better!

    August 22, 2013
    • feochadan #

      Hiya Nancy,

      I also bought a book at the same time as I bought the three tiered sprouter that you see here. The book actually recommends the burlap sprouting bags because they supposedly allow the sprouts to grow more upright rather than tumbled together (like in a mason jar). I’ve never tried the burlap bag method to be able to give an opinion on that. My mother and I tried the mason jar method but more often than not the seeds would just rot. The system above cost less than $15 and, once the sprouts are going, is very “idiot proof”. I forgot to water them a few times and they turned out just fine.

      “The Wife” aka Darlene

      August 22, 2013
  3. I grew sprouts regularly in the 70s, and for the life of me can’t remember why I stopped. Thanks for reminding me. I only remember the mason jars. I’d like Darlene’s contraption! 🙂

    August 23, 2013
  4. Whoa! That is amazing! Are these the same grains and legumes from the health food store?

    September 4, 2013
  5. Jean #

    Darlene,do you make your own yogurt? So good!

    May 12, 2014
  6. Ha ha, now you’re talking my language! LOL

    July 30, 2016

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