Friday, March 18, 2016

SPROUTER KIT, THRIFT STORE FIND










Found this at the thrift store last week and we were excited to have it.  It's still shrink wrapped, never been used.  It's from Williams Sonoma and is a Sprouter Kit, to grow sprouts.










We have never done any sprout growing before so we're not sure what to expect.  It should be fun to try.  Has anyone used a sprouter like this?  

Or just done sprouts in general?  Any tips?


We understand they are very nutritious...

24 comments:

Dawn McHugh said...

I sprout mung beans they are then bean sprouts for adding t stir fries and salads, I buy mung beans from the grocery shop rather than those small packs of beans sold for sprouting its a lot cheaper, they are usually ready in a week, I also sprout a lot of left over seeds at te end of the season, beetroot, rocket, salad leaves, broccoli etc as well as the usual cress and mustard have fun :-)

kymber said...

we've been sprouting for years. we eat them daily. you can also sprout seeds (chia seeds to make chia fresca, sunflower seeds, etc.) and grains (like quinoa). here's some info from a recent post that i did on the nutritional value of sprouts, grains and seeds:

"Seeds and grains contain a wonderful store of nutrients and are an excellent source of enzymes. Nature has protected the enzymes in dry seeds, nuts, grains and legumes by placing enzyme inhibitors in them. Enzyme inhibitors prevent the enzymes from being activated until the seed is germinated. Unfortunately this also prevents us from receiving the benefit of the plant enzymes to aid us in the digestion of the seeds. Germination neutralizes the inhibitors and releases the enzymes. Many people are sensitive to these inhibitors and display allergic reactions such as headaches. Some have difficulty digesting the seeds and nuts, grains or legumes and suffer indigestion. These digestive problems can be prevented by soaking the dry seed and beginning the germination process. Sprouting makes the vital enzymes fully available for our body's use and eliminates the possibility of allergic reactions to the enzyme inhibitors.
Many seeds also contain phytic acid which significantly reduces the absorption of calcium, iron, zinc and other minerals into the blood stream causing loss of important minerals. When the seeds are sprouted, such losses become insignificant. Several other important functions are served in sprouting. The nutritional value is greatly enhanced, even quadrupled in many cases. In addition, starches and proteins are converted into simple sugars and amino acids which are much more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. In the case of nuts and seeds, the fat content is reduced by as much as 30-40% as it is consumed or energy in growing the sprout or converted into fatty acids.

The high concentration of vitamins, minerals and amino acids (proteins), RNA and DNA in sprouted foods have a regenerative effect on the human body. This concentrated combination of nutrients is available only in the live cell food."(http://www.homeopathyone.com/live_sprouted_foods.htm)

enjoy your new sprouter! sprouts and sprouted seeds are very nutritious and delicious in salads, soups, sandwiches - or our favourite way to eat them - just grab a handful and shove them in your mouth - yummeh!

sending much love! your friend,
kymber

Colleen said...

Great find. I know nothing about growing spouts but did find some links for you to look through.
http://www.sproutingsprouts.com/tag/growing-sprouts

https://sproutpeople.org/growing-sprouts/sprouting-basics/

http://www.healthandwellbeingnews.com/10-reasons-to-eat-more-sprouts/

https://www.google.com/search?q=sprout+growing+kit&biw=1536&bih=787&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwijkLrJxsrLAhXCnIMKHQijCVIQsAQIZg

carol pavlik said...

Gosh, I wonder if someone got that for a Christmas present and held on to it for a decent amount of time before they donated it. (I like to make up little dramas.) Have fun. I have eaten sprouts off a salad bar and liked them but never sprouted myself. You will be glowing with health.

deborah harvey said...

i was told never sprout kidney beans as they make some kind of poison. research first.

Galestorm said...

You will love having your own fresh sprouts. I use an old wide mouth jar with a mesh lid that I found at the health food store years ago (remember when mayo used to come in glass jars). I usually do radish and alfalfa sprouts and sometimes a mixed seed blend. I've always been interested in one like you have, but my old mayo jar works pretty good! Thanks for the reminder. It's been a while since I whipped up a jar of sprouts!

I wish there was a thrift store like yours around where I live. Though, I have donated some pretty nice things to the local thrift store and I'm planning on donating a heck of lot more! I usually go in to buy cheap wine glasses. I can't seem to keep any around for very long and I refuse to use my expensive crystal ones anymore except for special occasions!

kymber said...

deb - you are dead right! kidney beans and some other beans should not be sprouted. you have to do the research before you start sprouting things! xox

Mike Yukon said...

I hear black spiders love sprouts! Just kidding, HaHa

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Margaret said...

Fresh sprouts are delicious, I have a glass jar with some old stocking and an elestic band , so easy to use what you have in the cupboard . I have tried alfafa and mung beans very yummy....have fun trying out your new toy😊

Ross said...

Sprouts are tasty on a sandwich, but could potentially harbor deadly bacteria. Myself, I'm obsessive compulsive so I would worry too much. Knowing how my mind works I'd be buying a microscope and placing it on the kitchen counter beside the sprout jar-lol! Then I'd be ruining everyone's meals with a pre-sprout disclaimer. Just research beforehand.
http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/types/fruits/sprouts.html

Anne in the kitchen said...

I love radish sprouts, but the sprouting seed can be a little hard to find. Once I find them I order a pound and it lasts quite a while. I wish I had that sprouter. It is much nicer than my mason jar with metal screen lid held in place by the ring.

Mike Yukon said...

Hmmm, don't know why but Blogger double posted the above comment all by itself in the middle of the night.

1st Man said...

Thank you for that, and I never thought about leftover seeds, that's a great idea!!

1st Man said...

WOW! You are awesome!!! Thank you for this information. I can't wait to start doing it. Of course i left it at the farm, I need to bring it back into town so we can use it. Thanks for the info!!! Love back at ya!!

1st Man said...

You always find great links!! Thanks for this!!

1st Man said...

That's a possibility! It's still shrink wrapped and brand new. I hear they are very beneficial, will find out!!

1st Man said...

I think I know what they make, I've heard it mentioned on TV, don't want to type it here, ha. But yep it's a key ingredient in a poison. Don't want to do that. I think we'll stick to broccoli sprouts or something ha.

1st Man said...

Great idea with he old wide mouth jar. I'm not 100% sure how this fancy thing works but we'll figure it out.

We do have some great thrift stores but I thin it might be more that there are just so many people donating it gets a wide variety of stuff.

But I'm all about cheap wine glasses!! ha.

1st Man said...

THAT is too funny! Thanks! You want a sprouter? LOL!!!

1st Man said...

Blogger can do some weird things, no worries!! It's funny both times!!

1st Man said...

Will have to try those, thank you. We are looking forward to trying it out. Thank you!!

1st Man said...

Thanks for the safety info. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of something new but we have to see it from all aspects. You are awesome for finding this!! Thanks!!!!

1st Man said...

I'll let everyone know how it goes when we use it. A jar might be easier, LOL! Will have to try radish sprouts. Thanks!!