Grow­ing sprouts

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life - Sprouts are ideal for the land­less gar­dener and a fun in­door gar­den pro­ject for chil­dren. You’ll need a wide­mouth jar with ring, cir­cle of sil­i­con mesh ( avail­able at the hard­ware store) or cheese­cloth about 2.5cm larger in di­am­e­ter than the ring, and spr

We added seeds to the cov­ered them with wa­ter soaked them overnight.

The next day, they were drained and rinsed.

The jar was up­side down, an­gle. This al­lows fur­ther drain­ing. Rinse and drain ev­ery day un­til the seeds sprout in about five days.

T o s s t h e m i n s a l a d s o r sand­wiches, mix into risotto or add a hand­ful to stir-fries for added nu­tri­tion and crunch.

Some seed pack­ets rec­om­mend adding bleach to the soak­ing liq­uid be­fore start­ing the sprout­ing process to ward against E coli.

Ap­par­ently there is only a ‘‘ slim pos­si­bil­ity’’ of any bac­te­ria form­ing, but feel free to do so as a pre­cau­tion.

If you want to sprout larger seeds, such as beans or peas, you can use a sprout­ing bag, made of hemp, in­stead of a jar. cov­ered and propped at jar, and set an

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