Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sprouting at Home: Day 2 ... And my 300th POST!!!

WOOHOO!!  Today is my 300th post.  In the 3 years I've been blogging I've fallen off the face of the blogger planet twice.  For the past year I've been more regular about posting and I plan on keeping up this time.  I'm excited to present Sprouting at Home Day 2.  Thanks for joining me!

Did you miss Day1?  I'm sprouting Mung Beans!   
Not sure what they are?  Here's a clue:
courtesy of Recipes Wiki

Mung Bean sprouts according to Livestrong:

Mung bean sprouts have a low calorie density, or energy density, with only 31 calories per 104 g serving. Low energy-dense foods can help you lose weight or prevent weight gain because they are relatively low in calories compared to their serving size, so you can fill up on them without eating too many calories, according to MayoClinic.com. Low energy-dense foods tend to be low in fat and high in dietary fiber, and mung bean sprouts have almost no fat and nearly 2 g dietary fiber per serving.

A benefit of mung bean sprouts is that more than 90 percent of their weight is water, and you can use them, like other vegetables, to help you stay hydrated, according to the University of Michigan. Mung bean sprouts are a cholesterol-free food, and their dietary fiber can lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol in your blood.

Mary's Sprouting Kit with Mung Beans
If you missed Day 1 I'll recap the directions for you.
If you want to grow short, sweet Mung Beans - with 1/8 - 1/2 inch roots:
Rinse and drain every 8-12 hours  for 2 - 3 days.
If you want to grow big, thick Mung Bean - with 1 - 3 inch roots:
Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours  for 4 - 6 days.
(Like you see in Thai food)

Just to be clear:
Soak for 8-10 hours. Rinse and drain.  Leave the jar in a cool place with no direct sunlight for the next 8-10 hours (dry).  Repeat.
Mung Beans Day 2
I have been diligent about soaking, rinsing and draining every 8-10 hours.  I plan the cycle between my work schedule and everything is going smoothly.  You can see the beans are turning white and they have little sprout tails.  It is VERY important that you rinse and drain thoroughly.

The great thing about my Sprout Jar is that it's self-contained.  I can soak, drain, rinse and let them sit all in one container.

Today I announced at Mary's Kitchen that Meatless on Monday #2 (next Monday) will include homegrown sprouts.  We love sprouts!

Mary's Sprouting Kits are still available!
Mention Back to the Basics or Mary's Kitchen and receive 2 ounces of seed FREE with each purchase of sprouting kits.  Purchase just the seeds and receive an extra ounce.


Kristel from Healthy Frugalista said...

I haven't sprouted Mung beans yet,but I would like to try it. Thanks for the info about them. I mostly sprout lentils, red clover and alfalfa. There is some risk with eating raw sprouts, especially for the very young, elderly, pregnant women, and people who have low immunity. If you're interested I wrote about it in this post Tip to Cut Meat Costs

Mary Smith said...

From what I've read, the risk is due to ecoli and bacteria. This is why it is VERY important to rinse and drain thoroughly and refrigerate once the sprouts are done. We ate sprouts growing up and no one ever got sick. My dad used to make avocado and alfalfa sandwiches whenever it was his turn to make lunch.

Bubble My Licorice said...

what a lovely post :)
thank you for sharing all those info!!


Becky said...

Congrats on your 300th post! Didn't know you could sprout these in your own kitchen. So cool! Thanks for the info.

Christine said...

HAPPY 300TH POST!!!! I gotta get me some sprouts!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Happy 300th!!! Thanks for sharing your sprouts on the All Star Block Party

Full Circle Creations said...

300th post, congrats. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


Jillian said...

Awesome! I will have to try this for sure! Thanks for sharing. :)

Unknown said...

It would have never occurred to m to do this. Cool idea!

New follower from Musings of an Imperfect Mom

Mary Smith said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by! Sprouting is SO easy. You don't have to have a garden or even a yard to grow sprouts.
Don't forget to stop by Mary's Kitchen on Monday for Meatless on Monday #2. The recipe includes homegrown sprouts!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Oh, yes, these are so good for you! And so yummy. I haven't made these for years! Thanks for the reminder.

Betsy @ Romance on a Dime said...

Thanks for all this great information about sprouts! I'm so glad you shared this at Romance on a dime!

Mary Smith said...

YEAH! Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments! Tomorrow I'll be guest hosting a link up with Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby. Stop by and party with us!

Meg said...

I love sprouts. Love, love, love, love them!

Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

Sarah @ Natures Nurture said...

I've been meaning to get into sprouting and these posts are so helpful! Congrats pn the 300th and thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

By the way, I'm featuring you on my blog in the morning, so come check it out!

Unknown said...

Congrats on 300 posts! I haven't grown sprouts in years since I have been a bi freaked out by the risks. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It! Hope to see you again.

Unknown said...

Great information! I love sprouts on sandwiches especially avocado sandwiches. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library!