What if you have no space for a garden? Maybe, you live in an apartment or, you simply have no desire to dig in the dirt. Maybe, you just need something green growing, while you anxiously await Spring planting .
For now, I thought we could try sprouts. Super easy, no soil, grown inside in a matter of days and actually prefer a bright, but not sunny window. Perfect!
Also, sprouts are a wonderful PreK-4th grade science fair entry.
We are going to try lentils because they are the first bag of whole beans I grabbed from my pantry. I haven’t done this since I was 10, so you might want to double check by running “sprouts” through your favorite search engine. I might be terribly wrong. There is so much info, you might find an easier method.
1. Measure no more than 1 Tablespoon of lentil beans.
Sprouts start as tiny seeds and quickly take up a load of space.
2. Pour into a saved glass container.
A wide mouth mason jar, clean tomato sauce jar or large pickle jar work nicely. Just remember to thoroughly clean the jar first.
3. Soak for 8 to 12 hours.
Cover the lentils with water overnight and let soak.
4. Drain thoroughly.
Using cheesecloth, screening, a sprouting lid, or even laundered pantyhose as a sieve, drain all the water out.
5. Rinse 2 or 3 times a day.
When they are at least the length of the bean, give them a try. You could let them grow quite a bit longer, if you like. Just keep rinsing.
7. Fridg ‘em.
Once they have attained the length you desire, eat and refrigerate any leftovers.
Sprouts can be added to:
Thursday, in my can’t-make-it-to-payday recipe post, I will include a sprout recipe. For now try some sprouts in this.
Here, tomorrow, will be the story of me in my flannel granny nighty and a fractious rooster, who now lives elsewhere. Join the fun.