Sprouts and a Giveaway!

by Michelle on February 18, 2011

Giveaway is now closed to new entries. Thanks to everyone that entered!

This time of year is the worst for me and I call it the “Winter Uglies”. Gorgeous white snow is now speckled with brown and black gunk and what is not covered with snow is semi-frozen yucky mud. Although I can immerse myself in the new Seed Catalogs and start planning my gardens for the upcoming growing season, it’s nice to have something else to help chase the winter blues away.

Have you ever grown sprouts?

Sprouts make such a nice addition to salads, stir fry or can be substituted for lettuce on any sandwich and they add such a nice, fresh crunch to every bite!

I was recently contacted by Home Town Seeds and I sort of talked them into offering a giveaway on my blog! Melanie said I could pick from any of the Value Packs that they offered and my search stopped when I saw the Sprouting Value Pack! Although my market carries several different varieties of sprouts, it’s so easy and fun to grown your own why plunk down good money and miss out on all the fun? And being it’s a dreary winter for most of us anything green and growing is welcome in my kitchen any day!

There’s a wonderful variety of unique seeds and beans included in the Sprouting Value Pack plus you get a sprouting lid that will fit any wide-mouthed canning jar.

What’s in the box:

Sprouting Lid (see below photo)
Alfalfa Seeds
Adzuki Beans
Garbanzo Beans
Mung Beans
Soybean Beans
DiCicco Broccoli Seeds
Buckwheat Seeds
Lentil Seeds
Green Pea Seeds
Daikon Radish Seeds
Hard Red Wheat Seeds

If you don’t have a wide-mouth jar, please don’t let that stop you from entering the giveaway. You can take a small piece of pantyhose, fiberglass screening or even thin fabric like cotton muslin and just cut it to fit and secure it with a rubber band like I did in the photo below of some Hard Wheat Sprouts and you’re good to go!

Directions for successful sprouting is easy!

1. Place two tablespoons of seeds or 1/2 cup of legumes/grains in a sprouting jar with three times as much water as seeds. Soak overnight. For many small seeds, five hours of soaking is sufficient.
2. Drain the water from the jar. Rinse seeds in fresh, lukewarm water and drain again. For well drained seeds/sprouts, lay jar at an angle in a warm (70?F), dark place.
3. Rinse and drain seeds twice a day. In hot and dry weather, you may need to rinse the seeds three times a day. In very humid weather, the seeds should be kept in a dry place. Turn jar over gently. Overturning the jar rapidly will cause shifting in the sprouting seeds. This can break the tender shoots and kill the sprout. This breakage causes the sprout to spoil. Sprouts should be ready to eat in 3 to 5 days, depending on the seed used.

Rules for entering the Sprouting Value Pack Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment for this post and let me know your favorite way to use sprouts. Or if you’ve never grown sprouts tell me what you’d like to try.
2. Every comment is one entry into the Giveaway, so if you want more entries just leave more comments.
3. You must have an email address to leave a comment, so make sure that it’s a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.
4. Giveaway will end on Friday, February 25, 2011 at midnight.
5. Giveaway is open to all residents of the US, Canada and Mexico.
6. Winner will be announced on this blog and I will contact the winner via email on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

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  • Angela February 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, I’ve always wanted to try this! I love sprouts, but they are so costly at the supermarket.

  • Tracey February 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Cool, I’m so intrigued! I’ve never grown sprouts but I’ve had them in salads before.

  • Becky February 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I would love to try sprouting these…I think it would be fun!!!

  • pam February 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    My favorite way to use sprouts is in a wrap or sandwich instead of lettuce.

  • Cheryl Ross February 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I like sprouts in salads and sandwiches. I hadn’t thought about growing them myself.

  • Melanie February 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    That looks so fun! I’d love to try growing my own sprouts. I’ve never bought sprouts before because I don’t know where they’ve been or how they’ve been treated, but if I grew them myself I’d know. I’ve never had them before, but seeing that I love salad with each meal I’d probably use them in salad. Husband and I love turkey burgers so they might be nice on that too!

  • Daisy February 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I planted several packets from Hometown Seeds last year; they’re very good quality! I’d love to win this giveaway. I like sprouts, especially bean and alfalfa sprouts, on salads and stir fries.

  • Daisy February 19, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Now that I think about it, I’ll bet I could work a few sprouts into my minestrone soup. The flavor and texture would go well with the vegetables and beans.

  • Pat R February 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I LOVE sprouts on a veggie sandwich……….yum

  • deeba February 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I like the idea of the net and band. Do throw my name into the hat Michelle, if a US address works! Thanks!

  • Barbara February 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I would love to try growing sprouts. I never did this before….good, another challenge…. Sounds like they would be good and healthy in anything. We eat salad everyday.

  • Marnie February 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi, Michelle, Just wanted to add a quick suggestion. We used to cut a square out of some old nylons (pantie hose) for the top of the jar. .. works great. My biggest challenge with sprouting was remembering to rinse them. Trust me, I know from experience, that you don’t want to forget. Moldy sprouts are not a pretty sight. LOL Wheat sprouts are our favorite- they are sweet enough to just eat as snacks. Although, they taste great in salads or on a sandwich. By the way, please don’t enter me in your contest. . I’d love to see someone win who hasn’t tried sprouting before. Good luck, All!

  • Debra L. February 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I like sprouts in sandwiches, salads & stir frys.

  • TJ February 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve never grown my own sprouts, but I’d love to try! I like to eat them raw with hummus, or sometimes even mix them into oatmeal in the morning.

  • Debra L. February 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I tried to grow my own sprouts once but it was not successful. They sprouted but smelled terrible. I’ll have to give it another try, I love sprouts.

  • Lisa@ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary February 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I love to eat sprouts on my egg salad sandwiches. Crunchy goodness!

  • Renee (Kudos Kitchen) February 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve never grown sprouts before but my favorite way to eat them is on a California pannini. YUM!

  • Doreen, Houston, MN February 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Love sprouts in salads and on pita with hummus, tomatoes, onions, provolone (melted), etc. Alfalfa, pea, garbanzo, mung, love them all!!!!

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  • katrina February 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I was just eyeing the sprouts and pea shoots at the market! A little pricy, and I’d much rather make my own for handy, healthy munching. I usually eat sprouts as is, or rolled up in a slice of roasted or smoked turkey. BTW -your pictures are fantastic!

  • Bridgit February 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I’ve only grown sprouts on accident. I was soaking beans to plant, and schedules changed and we didn’t plant them when intended. I looked up sprouting directions, took care of them as such, and had beautiful beginning sprouts. I planted them and had 4 inch plants in the garden within a week!!!

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  • Erin February 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I love making my own mini-pizzas, and one of my favorite uses for sprouts is to sprinkle them on top of a Thai peanut pizza. sounds odd..but is oh so yummy!!! haven’t tried growing them, but would love to experiment!

  • Barbara Neiwert February 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Wow – I signed up months ago to get your Blog feeds, but have such limited time on the computer that I forgot all about. How refreshing to come across your Blog on the Orange Blossom Frescas! What a great pick-me-up and so color – thanks! As for sprouts, I am currently in a health kick and looking for many ways to increase the quality of foods I serve my family. I haven’t eaten alfalfa sprouts for years, since it got a bad rap for salmonella or some such thing. Sprouts are a wonderful addition to a turkey sandwich or a green salad. We live in a high altitude area with nothing but glacial till in our soil, so gardening for me has gone by the wayside. “Sprouting” would be my substitute and very enjoyable!

  • Kate February 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I love sprouts on sandwiches. I don’t get them often because of the price – why buy when you can make? – but don’t remember to grow them, either. I went back to Athens, GA last week on a sort of vacation. We ate one night at The Grill – I had a two-cheese and sprouts double decker grilled cheese. It was heavenly.

  • jeannette February 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve had sprouts on fresh salads and that’s about it. But growing my own sounds so easy and FUN!!

  • Tajha February 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Just Stumbled Upon your corner of the internets! <3 sprouts in sammiches and stir fry. I can't say I'm entirely sure what type I've had. I think my dad's ex girlfriend used to grow alfalfa sprouts. I love the crispness of them ^.^

  • Delishhh February 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I usually just add them in a sandwish instead of lettuce, love it.

  • Kristin February 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I LOVE sprouts! I add them to salads, sandwiches, and just about everything!. Just moved up to the north so not much of a chance to plant a garden outside to grow them all year long. Would love to try this :)

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  • Stephanie March 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Nice! I’ve always wanted to sprout things and never have. I love sprouts on sandwiches and in salads. Mmm, sprouts!

  • Kayte March 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    So cool! I love this. I am here catching up on your blog, reading them all, only commenting on a few as I realized I cannot comment on all and ever catch up but I knew I wanted to READ all of them as yours are always so good and I learn so much from you!

  • Beatriz September 22, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I love sprouts on a veggie sandwich with multi-seed bread

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