Friday, October 17, 2014

Survival Food: Sprouts

Lets talk about sprouts:

Sprouts are a nutritional way to get your dose of veggies anytime. They will grow in the light or dark but only turn green in the light. The true nutritional value will depend on the type of seed you sprout. Some great seed examples are wheat berries, lentils, flax, garbanzo, onion, or whole beans. The seed must be whole and can not be cracked in anyway. 

Storing your seeds: 

Start by freezing the seeds in a mason jar with a solid lid. This will kill any remain bugs in your seed stock.Put a label on the jar with a date. Store them in a dark, dry area. The stored seeds need oxygen and the jar you keep them in must be aired at least once every nine months. Record the date when you open the jar to give them oxygen on the label.

 Let's sprout some seeds:

What you need:
  • mason jar
  • screen lid
  • 1-4 tablespoons of seeds
  • water
  • tray
Steps:
  • Put 1-4 tablespoons of desired seed into mason jar
  • Add water to fill jar about half way
  • Put on the screen lid and let it sit for about twelve hours
  • Pour the water out through the screen lid
  • Put jar at an angle into the tray
    • Make a couple of jars at a time to maximize your production vs. time
  • In am and pm add water and drain again
    • Do this for two to three days
  • Jar will fill with sprouts
    • Give the jar partial sunlight to turn the sprouts green
  • Spread the sprouts out onto a tray and cut them periodically for salad or meals. They will continue to grow.
    • In a survival situation you can keep the sprouts in the jar to take on the move with you.

Additional note:

Having these stored whole seeds around is a great idea. They can also be put through a mill and turned into flour. The nutritional value of the flour will not be as good as eating the spouts but may come in handy for making traveling cakes.

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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