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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sprouts: my first time

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June 29, 2011

I have eaten sprouts for years in sandwiches and salads purchase elsewhere or at friends' homes.  I just was not confident I could grow them or that they would be right or that I could use a different bean. You know, I was in the stupid space, "You mean I could actually make my own clothing?" space. You have known people like that about different activities.

Since I have chosen something others declare as simple, I don't know why I have hesitated. Maybe it was the lack of explicit instructions, like how much beans, what kind of beans, how much water, how much light, exactly when do I rinse, what if I leave too much water...and on and on....

Saturday morning, I decided today is the day...tada...I start sprouts!  I used the beans I had and hate--pinto beans. I have dried black eyed peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, Lima beans, Great Northern, and navy beans--pounds and pounds. I really detest kidney beans along with pinto beans. By the way, the sprouts from kidney beans are poisonous.

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June 25, 2011
  Besides, I decided to grow chicken food. In the winter it is more difficult to get green food into them because the grass is dormant and some of the weeds. Some of the green things I pull for them are undesirable to hens, obviously. Maybe they are pouting because they cannot get out of their pen into the freedom of the yard. I have seen sprouts with little green leaves, so this is my goal for the hens.

Since sprouts have proven deadly, I hesitate to eat my own. Silly? I know!

I put beans in a glass peanut butter jar to experiment, not many, as I have heard they really expand. I added water to fill three quarters of the jar. After twelve hours, I gave them their first rinse. On Sunday and Monday and Tuesday, they were rinsed 3 or 4 times. Today, I let them sit until evening without rinsing. I just rinsed and drained them. They fill the peanut butter jar.
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Lid to drain

The lid to drain is a plastic thing to put over cans of food to drain away the liquid without spilling the contents. It's handy.


It is 6 p.m. now. Maybe around 7:00 I will feed my first sprouts to the hens. I want them to have time before beddy-bye (8p.m.) to eat them. Sprouts will be really easy, free chicken food.

I kept the beans on the counter but not in direct sunlight. Directions said not to put in direct sunlight and I need to know why. It seems I may need to keep at least two "sproutings" at all times, starting one two days after the other. That will keep my hens in two cups of sprouts each day if I use quart jars.

Beans hanging onto sprouts I eat? Nope, never seen those. But, I only assume they are not poisonous or contaminated. At any rate, they are chicken food.

Great Northern beans will be what I sprout for me. I wonder if all the nutrition is the  same or greater in the sprouts as in the bean. I have plenty of dried beans here, so I want to eat these, sprouted, instead of buying a different kind to sprout.


 This is a success! Next time I will use quart jars. And lay them down. Now, to see what the chickens have to say~~~
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Mad rush to get sprouts



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No Way! Nasty!
They just left quickly and then came back to stand between my knees, looking into my face and begging for something else to eat!  I did fail at feeding them for free. I will try to add the sprouts to other foods. Sometimes, when they are confined to their pen, they do eat food they have turned down. After the initial shunning of the sprouts, I rewarded them for their pickiness by giving them crushed eggshells, dry oats, and a banana peel with some bruised places I cut off the banana. Bad chickie mama!

Your turn
Have you ever sprouted beans? Do you ever use common dried beans that we usually cook, like the ones I have? Do you get green sprouts?

4 comments:

  1. Ingenius sprouting lid. I have sprouted lentils which have a light green stem and a green tip. You should check out the Sprout People site to see what things look like and find answers. I prefer radish and brocolli sprouts to bean sprouts personally but would like to get into beans too. Each bean and each sprout will have differant nutritional values. Again, Sprout People is the place to look for this kind of information.

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  2. LOL...I should have known there was a dedicated place for sprouts. Thanks a bunch. I don't think the ones for planting can be used. Besides, they are expensive. I remembered that I read sprouts have four times the nutrition as the bean before sprouting. The lid I used has to be held on because it just lies on top. I saw how to make a sprouting screen from the spatter lids and also from tulle. The spatter screen is cut and the tulle would just be a square under the canning lid.I did put a square of t-shirt over the lid in the picture because fruit flies were interested. I cannot afford to invest in special seeds to sprout. But, I am going off to Sprout People right now.

    By the way, you can buy for $7 a special piece of mesh to use with a canning ring to sprout. I always look around the house, in drawers and shelves and closets before I rush out to buy. "Make do"~~my policy.Thanks for the information.

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  3. Linda
    I bought a proper sprouting jar for less than 7 dollars at Whole Foods. You can use a piece of muslin or cheesecloth too. Anything breathable really.

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  4. LindaM,
    The sprouting tray is what I want to sprout little, standy-up green sprouts.

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