Sprouting and prepping

Lesson on sprouting for preppers

Prepping reasons to get into sprouting
Why and what to sprout of if you're a prepper

Did you ever have fun with a Chia Pet as a kid? Well then, you're
a sprouter! Chia seeds on terracotta was entertaining and edible
fun during the 1970s, and part of the hippie groovy generation.
Kids today continue to have fun with Chia Pets and so are the
adult hipsters and homesteaders.

Don't turn your back on sprouting! You have every reason to get
into "ch-ch-ch-chia" and the dozens of other sprouts, particularly if
you're a prepper. You may be surprised to know that sprouts may
already be in your diet -- as breads pastas and tortilla chips may
come from sprouted flours.

Sprouting is for hipsters, homesteaders and preppers!

Why sprout if you're a prepper?
As a prepper you have every reason to begin a sprouting project.
Sprouting is ideal for preppers for nine reasons...

Reason #1: Sprouts offer a compact food storage,
long shelf life.
Sprouts are compact -- a tablespoon of sprouts and water in a
sprouting vessel can give you a quart of delicious, fresh produce
at home in just 3-5 days. Handy Pantry sprouts are perfect for
growing alfalfa sprouts for food storage and more. Best of all they
have a long shelf life while before adding water!

Reason #2: Sprouting is healthy and nutritious.
Sprouts boost to health and nutrition in a variety of ways:

  • Vitamin and mineral boost: Put nature's goodness at the
    cellular level into your body with sprouts - it's good for your
    body. Sprouts are packed with nutrition power, including
    vitamins and minerals, and your body will process the food
    more like a vegetable than a grain. Sprouts are abundant in
    enzymes - about a hundred times more so than vegetables.
    Sprouts are also make your body more alkaline to help offset
    stress and a poor diet. Think of sprouting as instant phyto-
    nutrition!

  • Amino acid boost. Another important way sprouting is a
    healthy is that the process boosts amino acids such as
    lysine, which is an essential amino acid your body requires to
    process food. Beans, peas and lentils are among the highest
    plant food sources of lysine. In short, the process of
    sprouting makes your food more digestible.

  • Protein boost: Sprouting also causes an important protein
    change during the soaking process to improve the nutritional
    value of your food. Sprouts are the most digestible form of
    protein. Take a look at the nutrition of a few popular sprouts:

Here is more about the health benefits of sprouts...
  • Alfalfa only has about 10 calories per cup, but it's loaded
    with proteins (about 1.3 grams).
  • Broccolil sprouts are high in Vitamin E, a cup provides 28
    micrograms!
  • Mung beans have about 2.5 grams of protein and are loaded
    in Vitamin C and a significant source of niacin as well
  • Oats sprouted have more riboflavin than unsprouted.
  • Raddish has about 1.4 grams of protein and also a significant
    amount o f Vitamin C, so you won't die of scurvy!
  • Wheat packs maximum protein power with about 8 grams per
    cup, plus packs in iron and folate.






















Other healthy reasons to choose sprouts (according to the whole
grain council)", you'll:
  • lower blood pressure (lower blood pressure with sprouted
    barley).
  • reduce diabetes (sprouted brown rice fights diabetes)
  • become heart healthy (reduce cardiovascular risks with
    sprouted brown rice)
  • improve liver function (sprouted buckwheat will protect
    against liver disease)

Reason #3: Sprouting is affordable.
Sprouting is an inexpensive and satisfying hobby. While you could
spend upwards of $5 for sprouts grown commercially, you can take
a tablespoon of seeds and make them yourself for a fraction of
the cost.

You don't even need a fancy sprouting vessel: a mason jar will
do! (Though the sprouting trays may it super easy to grow an
abundant supply of food.)

Reason #4: Sprouting requires no soil.
Even apartment preppers can give sprouting a go! Sprouts require
no soil to grow, so there's no need to test the pH of your soil or
compost to improve your soil. Sprouting is a miracle that requires
only water and sun. (It does not require terracotta.)

Reason #5: Sprouts are totally off grid!
Sprouting fits into the self-reliant lifestyle with the idea of "grow
your own" and even
prouting screams off-grid living! You don't need heat or electricity
to grow sprouts, and you don't have to cook them to eat. You can
enjoy them raw in as little as three days. You need only sunshine
and a little work rinsing them daily.

Reason #6: Variety (sprout seeds, beans, legumes or
grains).
In the long run, you're going to get bored of freeze dried meals
and meals from a can. Sprouting adds variety and is fun for
salads, sandwiches, taco night and more. Try them over eggs!

There are many kinds of sprouts to try, which makes the whole
experience of sprouting more fun. You can sprout from a seed, a
bean, a legume or a grain and there are so many textures and
flavors. Radish sprouts are spicy, alfalfa sprouts are sweet.

Here are just some of the examples of the variety you'll find in
sprouting:

Reason #7: You can Sprout chicken feed (fodder),
and pets.
Feeding sprouted grain to your chicken is a cheap way to get them
green feed. Green feed is called fodder. Fodder supplies nutrients
that are easier for your chickens to absorb. Sprouted oats is a
cheap and easy feed for your girls, and it's easy to do. Oats are
the third most popular grain to sprout for chickens.


Budgies and parakeets will appreciate sprouts as much as your
cat will appreciate home grown fresh cat grass -- catnip (instead
of the dried stuff).

Reason #8: Sprouting is super easy!
Below is the video, which shows how incredibly easy it is to
sprout alfalfa sprouts:























Directions for Handy Patnry 3-part Salad Mix:
  1. Soak (2-3 tbsp. of seed) 6-8 hours in 4 parts water to 1 part
    seed; rinse and drain.
  2. Spread evenly in a sprouting container.
  3. Rinse and drain sprouts 2-3 times per day during the growing
    period of 2-3 days.
  4. Expose to light 3-5 hours to develop color at the end of the
    growing period. 65-75 is ideal.
  5. Rinse the hulls away by immersing in a large bowl of cool
    water, separate clumps, let hulls float to the surface, and
    skim off. This process will help prevent fermentation.

So there you have it - sprouting is good prepping fun, it's easy,
inexpensive and fast.

List of beans, grains, legumes and seeds to sprout:
  • adsuzki bean
  • alfafa
  • almonds (soak - they are done before the root appears)
  • barley
  • brocolli
  • buckwheat groats
  • chia
  • flax
  • lentils
  • mung beans
  • oats and groats
  • peanuts
  • pumpkin
  • rice
  • sesame seeds (try exotic black seasame)
  • sunflower seeds
  • wheatgrass (hard winter wheat)

Now you know a little more about sprouting, including why and
what to sprout if you're a prepper, so what will be your first
sprouting project?

  • Will you make sprouts for your chicken (budgie or parakeet)?
  • Will you grow catnip for your furry feline friends?
  • Will you make healthy salads? Sandwiches? Tacos?
  • Are you brave enough to try home sprouting for a crunchy egg
    scramble?

Prepping is about building knowledge and trying new things. Give
sprouting a try! It will make you happy and healthier.

Happy endings...
Sprouting is good fun. Have fun getting into sprouting and even
expand your source of food further.
Sprout whole oats from your
food storage, then get into rolling your own oats.

Having the ability to make your own rolled oats might seem like a
strange idea, but
until you have tasted freshly rolled organic oatmeal, you won't
realize how mushy, listless and bland oatmeal made from store
bought, processed rolled oats really is. Oatmeal made from
freshly rolled oats is hearty with a phenomenal texture
somewhere between crunchy and chewy. Can eating oatmeal truly
be fun? Rest easy knowing you are giving your family an organic
whole food
breakfast powerhouse.

If you keep hulled oats in your food storage, you will have an
easy way to convert all that into delicious, easily prepared and
wholesome breakfast.

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