Eat broccoli sprouts. Why? Sulforaphane — It’s good for you. Sprouting in jars and lessons learned in pictures and videos are this post’s center.
A barker at an old-time medicine show would revel in all the good stuff said about sulforaphane. It slows the diseases of aging. And, and …. Broccoli is the reigning champ in producing sulforaphane.
Check out Dr. Rhonda’s 42 minute video. Gather information about sulforaphane’s health benefits.
Broccoli Mason Jars
How to sprout seeds and sources of supply….1
These are the basic tools needed.
Sprouting Broccoli Seeds, One Pound – Todd’s Seeds
My first batch of broccoli seeds came from Amazon. They germinated well.
The jar lid pictured Is from Trellis + Co.
T&Co. Sprouting Jar Lid Kit—100% STAINLESS–STAMPED Lid & CURVED Mesh for Superb Ventilation!—Use Wide Mouth Mason Jars for making organic sprout seeds in your house/kitchen — text from Amazon
The my jars are wide mouth, and these lids fit. They are stainless steel and show no signs of rusting. (Some people make their own lids with a screen or nylon mesh and rubber bands.) I’m sticking with stainless or plastic that can be easily cleaned and sterilized.
Initially, I use the salad spinner to turn the jars upside down to drain rinse water. Currently, I’m using a large bowl as you see in a picture below.
- Clean/sterilize the equipment — mold prevention — I suspect the sprouts will keep longer
- Two tablespoons of seeds in the jar
- Put on the lid and partially fill with cold water (Optional — I put a couple of capfuls of household hydrogen peroxide in with the first rinse.)
- Slosh the seeds around and drain the water
- Add water and let the seed soak for 3 hours. Slosh to get the seeds submerged.
- Drain the water after three hours. (Longer soaking works but is not needed)
- Refill the jar partway with water, agitate, and drain. Shake out as much water as you can. Do this every time you rinse.
- Put the jars upside down in a low light area of your room. Dark is not desirable.
- Rinse twice a day
- Watch the seeds sprout and grow.
- Stagger you seed sprouting for a continuous supply
- Eat when they are the size you want — no need to dehull. But, you can.
Response To Things Seen On YouTube & Caveats
- Most sprouting seeds do not need total darkness to sprout.
- My seeds do well rinsed twice a day
- The peroxide idea came from YouTube. I was skeptical, but it works. At least it has not messed up my broccoli sprouts
- My experience is from many batches of broccoli sprouts. I have not done other seeds. (That will change soon.)
The jars in the salad spinner do not drain as well as the bowl method pictured. The jar’s shallow angle in the bowl help the seeds and sprouts distribution along the jar’s side. In the salad spinner the sprouts fall to the bottom. They grow roots through the screen and clump together. The plants do not get good air circulation and drainage.
Another Seed Supplier
I bought seeds from Mumm’s Seeds. They sell many different kinds. The Brassica mix contains broccoli, broccoli raab, arugula, radish, and mustard.
The lid was a free gift for my “large order.” Check out their site. See three excellent videos on sprouts and sunflower microgreens.
To Dehull Or Not
Hulls are the outsides of the seeds. I eat them as roughage. I do not dehull. But if you want the brown specks gone do the following.
When the sprouts are ready to eat take them out of the jar. Put them in a bowl of cold water. Gently pull the sprouts apart the hulls will float to the top. Fill the bowl to the top and skim off the hulls (Some people think that the hulls hold too much water and shorten storage times. Our sprouts are gone quickly so I cannot comment.)
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
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