Sprouting. What is it? It’s pretty simple actually. You use some type of seed (alfalfa, broccoli, radish, wheat, corn, etc.), soak it in water for a few hours, drain it, then rinse the seeds twice a day, and it sprouts. When you add “sprouts” to a sandwich or salad, those are usually alfalfa sprouts.
Why would someone try sprouting? #1 – It’s a whole lot cheaper than buying sprouts in the store. #2 – It’s a great addition to food storage. It’s easy to store grain like wheat and corn, but it’s more difficult to store sources of Vitamin C. When you sprout a seed (wheat, corn, alfalfa, etc.), you create a food high in Vitamin C. So, if you don’t have fruits and veggies in your food storage, you can make your own out of something as simple as wheat. Cool, huh?
I’ve sprouted seeds before. Only two times, but I did it successfully. It was super easy! I had a hankering for sprouts last week, so I decided to do it again. Since I’d done it twice before, it should be simple, right?
Well, I failed. SPECTACULARLY! The sprouting jar smells awful! Words cannot express how awful! Like rotting food, but worse, because I know I created this monstrosity. That is NOT how it’s supposed to smell. I know, because I’ve done this correctly before and had beautiful sprouts in about 4 days. But, I promised myself I would remain real and share my failures in addition to my successes, so here it is. My sprouting failure in all it’s epic glory.
If you want a primer on how to sprout, I strongly recommend you check out this website. Follow their instructions, and you should succeed. If you are interested in purchasing your own Organic sprouting kit, here’s a link to the one I bought from Emergency Essentials. Please do not let my failure this time reflect poorly on this kit or sprouting in general. I have a couple of ideas why I failed which I’ll share a little later in the post.
Too bad pictures can’t convey the stench these are putting off. I have “bionic nose” and can smell everything. These just smell wrong! So why did I fail this time when I’ve successfully sprouted seeds before? I think there are two main reasons.
1. Sprouts usually take 3-5 days to grow. Because I slacked off in the watering department, their growth was slowed, and this gave them a chance to mold. I can’t see mold, but there’s something growing in there.
2. It’s possible my jar wasn’t sterilized when I started. I had a clean jar, but I had it on my counter top for about a week before I started. It was there to remind me to start my sprouts. Who knows? Maybe it was too near where I was tenderizing my pork chops and something got on the lid. Maybe it was something else. Maybe it was just the water. I don’t know.
So, I’ll throw these out and start again. To ensure success, I’m sterilizing my jar and lid before I begin, and I’m setting an alarm on my iPod touch to remind myself to water twice day. 🙂 I’ll be back with a post about how to successfully grow your own alfalfa and other sprouts.
What was your most epic kitchen/garden/food fail?
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