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photo of the day

Have you ever had a subject that is so beautiful to you that you can’t even choose one shot? That is the dilemma I had with my recently sprouted radish seeds. If you haven’t followed my previous posts, I’ve recently begun sprouting at home and am a huge fan. These are some shots of my Daikon and China Radish sprouts, from my latest purchase at

how to grow your own sprouts food2_1.11.13 019 food2_1.11.13 023 food2_1.11.13 024 food2_1.11.13 025 food2_1.11.13 027I feel a salad coming on. Happy sprouting!

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adventures in sprouting the finale

Ta Da!

I have achieved Broccoli Sprouts!

growing broccoli sprouts at home lola rugulaJust to recap, in case you’re just finding me: I started these broccoli sprouts on Friday afternoon. I soaked 3 tablespoons of broccoli seed in a big bowl of water for 6 hours. Then I drained them, rinsed them off, and drained them again.

I rinsed and drained them about every 12 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They have stayed in their draining tray on my kitchen counter, with a lid on. Tuesday morning I gave them one final rinse, left the lid off and let them see sunlight. Tuesday night when I cam home, they had greened up beautifully!

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I love broccoli sprouts and, since they’re becoming harder and harder to find, this is very exciting for me. I’m sure you’re all pretty well convinced now that I’m serious need of a life.

Happy sprouting!

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adventures in sprouting part 3

I just have to tell you guys that I’m ROCKING this whole growing-my-own-sprouts thing.

After rinsing well and then draining well twice each day, this is what my Broccoli Sprouts looked like Monday morning:

how to grow broccoli sprouts lola rugulaI was afraid the whole “rinsing/draining” procedure would wear me down but it takes so little time that it’s been easy to incorporate into my daily routine.

growing your own broccoli sprouts lola rugulaYou may think I’m a little crazy for getting so excited over growing broccoli sprouts but that’s okay. I was a little crazy to begin with.

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adventures in sprouting part 2

Well my broccoli sprouts sprouted overnight!

This is what they looked like on Saturday (they’re the seeds on the left):

lola rugula how to grow sprouts at homeAnd this is what they looked like Sunday morning:

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how to grow broccoli sprouts at homeI started these on Friday afternoon, so I’m very pleased with the results so far. As for the Madison Market Mix in the first picture – that stuff is sprout crack. Just warning you.

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adventures in sprouting

My husband’s convinced that my recent interest in home sprouting stems from my need to be growing something. He thinks I’m going through summer-garden-withdrawal, which may or may not be true. Whatever the reason, I’m pretty excited to have a go at it.

I’ve always enjoyed sprouts but have never considered growing my own until just recently. The first sprouts I ever had were mung bean sprouts, typical in a number of Chinese dishes. Then, as a teen, I discovered alfalfa sprouts and truly fell in love.   In my thirties, I heard about broccoli sprouts and their concentrated nutritional power and I ate them like they were going out of style.

Fast forward to present time and sprouts are becoming harder and harder to find. Due to the risk of e-coli and salmonella occurring in sprouts, there are a number of stores and restaurants that have stopped offering them. Commercially grown sprouts are subjected to a number of possible contaminants, typically contaminated water or unclean practices.

After much research, I’ve decided to grown my own and recently received my first order of seeds, nuts, grains, and sprouting tray from SproutPeople.Org.

Here is the mix of seeds that I ordered:

lola rugula growing sprouts at homeI finally found the time on Friday to get some started and decided to try the Broccoli Sprouts and Madison Market Mix first.

Following the directions on the website, I soaked 2/3 cup of the Madison Market Mix for 4 hours and 3 Tablespoons of the Broccoli Sprouts for 6 hours.

After soaking, the seeds need to be rinsed well and then drained very, very well.

I’ve only had one glitch so far, which is my own fault for not considering it. This is the only sprouting tray that I bought, which is the 8 x 10 Sprout Master Tray:

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If you look closely, you can see that some of the Broccoli Seeds have transferred over to the Madison Market Mix side. That little slide-in divider is not very tight and, while shaking the tray to remove excess water, some of the Broccoli Sprouts migrated. Well, now I know better. And did I have to buy the tray? No, not really, but I wanted to start this experiment off on the right sprout, so to speak.

Both of the seeds shown in my last photo have been soaked once, then rinsed and drained twice. I have to tell you, the Madison Market Mix is delicious! This mix is really considered a “Soak” and not a “Sprout.” Soaking seeds and nuts have a myriad of health advantages and benefits. The site Food Matters has a good explanation, so I won’t go into all of it here.

I will tell you the Madison Market Mix is almost gone already. Soaks don’t take as long as Sprouts, which I’m currently pretty happy about. This mix is chewy and flavorful and maybe when I make the next batch, I’ll have enough left over to toss into a salad or mix in with some steamed veggies.

I will be sure to try and follow up with some more photos of my Broccoli Sprouts as they develop. *crossing fingers*