Month: March 2017

Day 6.5   Breakfast and Dinner with Sunflower Sprouts!

Day 6.5 Breakfast and Dinner with Sunflower Sprouts!

Breakfast with 2 kinds of sprouts! I began clipping sunflower sprouts this morning around 10.  The breakfast included scrambled eggs with okara (the white paste left over from making soy milk.  For 2 eggs I spooned in about 2 tablespoons of okara, mixed it in, […]

More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!!

More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!!

More About Sunflower Sprouts: Day 6: Let’s Eat!!!! Day six saw a field of sunflower seed sprouts!  Both teams are up and at it in force!  I moved them to a brighter spot for more indirect sunlight to help them grow and green up. See […]

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 5: Houston, We Have Sprouts!

 

Oops, a bit fuzzy on the focus… apologies!

Finally we have a little something to look at.  Team 2, hulled seeds, is racing away toward the finish line!  Hundreds of lovely green sprouts are raising their leaves out of the dirt, heading skyward. Even Team 1, in-the-hull seeds, are taking off big time!

 

In-the-hull seeds are rising together and lifting the dirt up in a large sheet… interesting effect.

The hulled seeds are up and greening, preparing to move skyward!  Another day or two and I can start trimming what I want to add to my daily diet!  So exciting.  It’s clear I planted way too many seeds.

From now on, I’ll use my smaller whole-chicken-take-away dish for batches.  Then, I’ll start a second one 3 days into the sprouting process. This way, I’ll always have fresh batches of fresh home-grown sunflower seed sprouts.

Initially, the dirt level was below the level of the black plastic. Now, it’s poofed up about 2″ with sprouts raising the dirt level!

There is an interesting phenomenon with the in-the-hull sprouts.  They are all rising at once, lifting the surface dirt up about 2″ into the air!  I think by waiting another day to sprout, the surface dirt had dried and caked.  I will water them a bit today, although the pallet is still heavy enough to indicate there is enough water.

So here they all are!  In a day or so, I figure it will be about equal on both sides.  Our experiment is showing many new things.  First, it doesn’t really effect the outcome much whether the seeds are hulled or in the shell.

Cost and effort are effected.  The bird seed sunflower sprouts, in the shell, cost $1.99 for about 8 batches worth.  The hulled seeds cost $1.35  for 2 batches worth. Also, the hulled seeds take more time to prepare, about 5 minutes more, since I have to cull the broken seeds out to keep them from getting funky and spoiling the batch.

A Tentative Major Conclusion

If I have a choice, I’ll use the in-the-hull seeds to save money and effort in the process.

A Major Conclusion

Whichever sort of seed you can find seems to work to grow sunflower seed sprouts!  That’s good news because if you are like me and have a hard time finding sprouting seeds locally, you double your chances to find sunflower seeds for sprouting.

Do the Math

So, the hulled seeds will grow about 2 batches for my $1.35.  that’s $0.68  per batch.  This batch size is equal, roughly, to about 6 of the batches you can buy in the store, if you can find them already sprouted.  That’s about $48 for the retail value of the sprouts, figuring about $4 per batch, retail!  So, it’s a good deal, economically.

The in-the-hull seeds will grow at least 8 batches the size we grew. We are growing the equivalent to about 8 batches in this one tray.  So, that comes out to $260 worth of sprouts, figuring about $4 per batch, retail!!!

Either way pays off quite well in consideration of the savings and considering how little work it takes to actually grow them!

Moving Forward

I plan to continue following these batches to the finish in order to show myself and my friends just what the lifeline is for the process.  Stay tuned for more, my self-health for self-help friends! – Jim B

Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast!

Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast!

Here Comes Spring! And More Sprouts for Breakfast! Spring signals in more fresh fruit available for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner.  This morning, I realized there were 5 different fresh fruits present in my breakfast. I hadn’t planned it. It’s just that I pick up […]

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 4: Babies Are Up!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts: Day 4: Babies Are Up!

Day 4: Babies Are Up! And, another post beginning with a nice picture of sprouts, rather than bore you with a picture of dirt! LOL. Not much happening in the sunflower pan, so far.  However, there is a  lot of little things happening.  Team 2, […]

“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3:  30 Seconds to Water!

“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: 30 Seconds to Water!

“More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3: More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 3:  30 Seconds to Water!  Please note that the lovely picture of sprouts at the top of this post has nothing to do with this particular post. I just figured you’d want to see something like that, as opposed to a picture of dirt sitting in a pan!  LOL.

Day 3: just seeing some peeking out. Hulled seeds on left can be seen sprouting. In-the-hull seeds on the right… all quiet!

How boring!  No work, really!  I spent a few seconds, half a dozen times just looking at the tray of dirt!  Pretty quiet down there.

But just a minute ago, I looked at it one more time and was about to walk away when something caught my eye!  A sunflower sprout!

Sure enough, I could see several shoots forming just beneath the surface of the dirt!  It has begun!  The magic of sprouting, gardening, farming, or whatever you call it. Life is sprouting out!

Day 3: Life emerging! Several sprouts can be seen from the hulled seeds side!

So, day 3 consisted of pouring a glass of water, slowly and gently around the 14″ x 14″ plastic tray.  That took all of 30 seconds to get the glass and fill with water, pour, and place the empty glass in the dish drain board.

After all that heavy lifting, I’m ready for a break. Sat down to share the progress of my babies.  Team 1, the sprouts in their shells are laying there like little blobs. Team 2, the sprouts already hulled, are showing about half a dozen sprouts that are maybe 1/2″ long.  I took a picture of the easiest one to see.

Beneath the surface of the dirt, there are likely may dozens more yawning, stretching, and coming to life. Tomorrow should show many more beginning to peak out above the soil.

So for today, not much to report, aside from the fact that growing sprouts in dirt, although a bit messier to begin with, isn’t much more labor intensive in the long run.

As I said in earlier editions of this particular post, most seeds do well in a sprouter, without dirt. But some, like sunflower seeds seem to need dirt for them to grip in order to pop up and present their wonderful, delicious little green sprouts of health!

When I try to grow sunflower seeds in my regular sprout jar, the sprouts grow curly and tangled making it hard to separate the delicious sprout from the bitter roots. The results are bitter and far from ideal.

Wheatgrass grown in dirt in re-purposed plastic trays. Note about half has already been harvested for wheatgrass juice!

If I am growing wheat for wheatgrass for juicing, I use the same sort of method, sprouting in dirt.  I’ve had great success with that for years now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat sprouts! Harvested while short and before greening… best grown in sprouter!

However, if I’m sprouting wheat for the short, 1/4″ to 1/2″ sprouts, not greened up, but sweet and savory in their nutty goodness, then regular sprouting jars, trays, sacks, etc work just fine, sans dirt.

Great in salads, sandwiches, soups, as nutty-crunchy snacks by themselves, and in oatmeal in the morning!

Day 3 was such a slow day for this project, I had to find filler to give some connection between this project and sprouting in general. Otherwise, a slow day in Sproutslandia, TX.

Now I’m off to research the final leap for me, either complete vegetarianism or, the gold ring, pure veganism.

Best to all my self-help/self-health friends out there: the ones I’ve met and the ones I haven’t met, yet!   -Jim B

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  Day 2: Planting Day!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 2: Planting Day!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  Day 2: Planting Day! If you are just tuning in, this is the second installment of More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts!  You can find all my related posts at www.BeginnersGuideToSprouting.com. So it’s been over 24 hours and the seeds from […]

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 1: Getting Started!

More About Sunflower Seed Sprouts! Day 1: Getting Started!

More About Sunflower Sprouts! A while back, I wrote several posts about sunflower sprouts.  I’ve gotten a fairly consistent system down for the process, which for me includes using a bit of dirt. Supply has been the hard part for me.  When I find bulk […]

Sprout Pictures!  Very Photogenic Food!

Sprout Pictures! Very Photogenic Food!

Is it the sprouts?  Could it be the colors?  Maybe the textures?  How about the design of the layout?  Nope. It’s just pictures I take when I sit down to eat. Honest. Professionals may scoff at my lack of technological ability, but I never get tired of looking at pictures of the wonderful food I eat nowadays!  So here’s a post of just that, pictures of sprouts in a myriad of settings.

 

No matter how they get dished up, they are wonderful!  Thanks for all your support!  Good luck with your own self-health self-help!  – Jim B  3-2-17

 


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