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Are you ready to try sprouting?  You’ll need to gather a few things before we get started, but you may already have some of the supplies you need.–       Sprouting seeds.  (We talked about these last week)  Now is the time to get your seeds!  Most people start with a mix of seeds, but you can also try individual ones.  Some popular choices are alfalfa, broccoli, and radish.  There are so many different places to buy sprouting seeds!  Check your local healthy food store (mine are Whole Foods and Good Earth) if you have one.  Sprouting seeds are really easy to find online, too.  No matter where you choose to buy them, be sure they are seeds intended for sprouting. Buy organic.  Don’t worry, even though they’re special, they are not expensive.  You can spend anywhere from $2.50 to $15 depending on what kinds of seeds you buy and how big of a package you purchase.

–       A wide-mouth mason jar.  If you don’t already have one, you can find them at Walmart (or even regular grocery stores).

–       A sprouting screen or lid.  You can buy this from various suppliers online, or from a local store.  I bought a sprouting lid (made of food-grade plastic); they usually cost $2-$5.  Screens (about $3) are made of stainless-steel mesh and you use them with the metal ring on the mason jar.

–       Filtered water. If at all possible, you want to use water that does not contain chlorine.  Chlorine is added to tap water because it kills living things, (like micro-organisms…and also living things like seeds).  Chlorine is pretty bad for people, and has been linked to heart disease.  If you use filtered water in your home, it will be just fine for sprouting.  If not, I recommend getting a gallon of “spring water” from the grocery store.  (Note that “drinking water” usually contains chlorine; it is basically the same as tap water, except not held to the same testing standards as tap water.)  If you do not use filtered water, you can probably still sprout with chlorinated water, but your results will not be as good.

All right, folks, that’s everything!  Just four little things.  There are other methods of sprouting, too, but we’re going to start with this one.  We’ll talk about the others later.  Hurry and gather your supplies–next week we’ll begin sprouting!

9 Responses to “Sprouting Supplies”

  1. Sprouting

    Thanks a lot for adding this article about sprouting. It seems that it is becoming a lot more popular to try sprouting and it is posts like this that will keep people informed. Thanks a lot.

  2. Raven

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  3. Norma

    Emily,

    I like how you are doing this in steps. First you wrote about sprouting in general, then in this post the supplies that are needed and next week we start. I like taking things in steps because it isn’t overwhelming. I’m off to the store today to get my supplies! :)

  4. Janet Lawrence

    Hello and thank you for your informational website. I started ordering e-food from you about a month ago. Now I want to attempt to begin sprouting so that I can show others how to do the same. My concern in gardening with my organic seeds is the dirt we presently have on hand. My husband works at a power plant and has warned me that the nuclear plant in Japan continues to produce chemicals that are stacking up in the soil that we now call dirt. How and where would I locate organic dirt that hasn’t already been contaminated? Life is getting more and more difficult but we still have it better than the pilgrams I suppose. Keep up the good work!
    Janet Lawrence
    Distinctive Celebrations LLC

  5. Emily

    Norma – I’m glad you’re getting the supplies! I always think of that question: “How do you eat an elephant?” (“One bite at a time!”) Consistently moving a little bit in the right direction will get you a lot farther than occasional bursts of activity. Take it a week at a time, but just keep preparing.

    Janet – That’s a good question. My husband and I have also been concerned about eating fish from the ocean (vs. Alaskan salmon) because of contamination. I would check with your local nurseries and see if they have any old inventory, or if they have any recommendations for you. In the future, you could have your own compost, and use a covered system. Now, one nice thing about sprouting is, we won’t be using soil. So, if all else fails, sprouting should still be safe.

  6. Norma

    Hi Emily,
    Okay so I’m officially a sprouter! :-)

    I’ve sprouted radish ( boy are these babies HOT and tangy…just like the package says) and I’m currently eating the broccoli I’ve sprouted and have alfalfa growing. I found it to be super easy and will continue to regularly do this and try other seeds when I run out. I sprinkle the sprouts on just about everything we eat!

    The seed package in the above picture is exactly the one I have. Maybe we get them from the same place online. If so you’re probably familiar with their sprouting jars which is where I got mine :-). Pretty affordable.

    • Emily

      Way to go, Norma! I haven’t tried doing radish seeds, but I’ve heard that they are hot! I’m glad you’ve had a good experience with sprouting. I haven’t sprouted in a little while, so I should get back to that. Keep up the good work!

  7. Marie

    What is the expiration date for the Sprouting Seeds? Does the shelf life diminish if the lid is opened? (This lady has the above questions and would like answers. I told her I would find out and call her back.
    Thank you

  8. sergei rei

    Please get yourself an Easy-Sprouter from sproutamo.com. It is far superior to a mason jar while taking up no more space and there is no glass to break. Convected air aids freshness, allows for heat buildup to speed sprouting. It’s super easy to rinse sprouts and wash off hulls and the containers are immediate storage containers. I’ve tried many types of trays and jars. Believe me, these are the best, they even travel easily. P.S. I have no financial interest in the sale of these. I just think sprouts are very nutritious and alkalinizing and while worth the trouble of trays and glass jars, why not make it easy on yourself?