Homemade Hemp Sprout Bags and More
Ha! So here is the result of my attempt at making my own hemp sprout bag. After reading how great they are for sprouting from SproutPeople, I just had to try it: They claimed hemp bag sprouting is best for air circulation, drainage the major components to success travel, ease.
I didn want to buy one why when they are so simple to make? I can use my own materials, and, most important: I want a big one! I made mine 16 X 14. it is, even though easy, sprouting in mason jars is more work if you have to have multiple jars going at once they not very big if you a sprout fiend like I become No lie I putting about 1/4 lb in my ETL Salads) then it not going to be something you going to really stick with for long if it becomes a hassle and you have to tend to so many jars. Sprouts last a long time in refrigeration and, in fact, being that they are living, they will continue to grow VERY slowly in th michael kors outlet e ol fridge. Anyway, I don intend for them to store for weeks;) ).
Oh, speaking of living food, I don know if that the reason, but my digestion has been incredible with sprouts. It almost as if I adding digestive enzymes to my dinner! SOME thin I don know, but something goin on with it. Who needs probiotics, flora, or enzymes, blah blah, Etc?!?! I prefer vegan kefir and kombucha, anyway (post on that coming soon 😉 ) Anyway, things just keep getting better and better. I stick to ETL 100% (over 4 years!) I do my own high raw version and continue to strive for the optimal way to eat or as Dr. Fuhrman puts it, Excellence 😀 As the ETL journey progresses, it seems, can possibly get better! But it DOES. It so does so many levels! And no matter what anyone claims, there nothing like a 100% ETL diet. Still hard core after all these years Okay, I could ramble, but, back to the bag!
To start, I had no clue as to what type of fabric to choose with so many available and blends tried asking some sites which sell sproutbags, and got Zero replies. I did some shopping around online and remembered NearSea Naturals, which I forgot I had bookmarked ages ago.
So, which to get??! Well, I hoped for the best and I decided on and used the hemp organic cotton muslin and made this drawstring bag. This material is VERY easy to work with; (I made Noodles some more eco suits out of this; it perfect and light! I post those soon 😀 )I made sure to reinforce the seams since, one, this is going to last forever; and, two, it going to be getting lots of use! All that water, hanging, etc., would take its toll pretty quickly on a cheapy bag. Loved the cotton hemp blend, by the way PERFECT! I going to get 100% hemp next time and see how I like that; but this is just perfection. I also want to try a hemp flax blend Soon, soon :D. I also need to order some proper string! I used food grade, unbleached cotton string I had, but it not ideal. I also need to make the band wider; it a bit too skinny, even though the string fit perfectly.
I noted that SproutPeople mentioned hemp bags have and air circulation and drainage of the sprouters. I have to agree! I also have to agree, that it is THE EASIEST so far; but, as noted it may require an extra rinse or two. So far it the best. I have to wait to see how it goes for the winter; but for summertime yep, I been rinsing at least 3 times on regular days; but usually 4 times a day and sometimes one more (no air con on) with this 100 degree+ weather here!
Generally, sprouts also grow faster in warm environments; so it makes sense that, that contributes as well.
But, WOW, the results are fabulous. The sprouts grow FASTer I getting ready to eat broccoli sprouts in 3 days; whereas, it 4 or 5 in a jar.
Here is a broccoli seed journey with its hempbag, from seed to sprout ;^):
Wet the bag thoroughly, by dipping in a bowl filled with fresh water:
That 1/2 C of broccoli seeds doesn look like much in that big bag!
After an 8 to 12 hour soak hang it! That it. Hanging it over your sink is easiest anywhere and it will be done dripping very quickly too; it perfect for on the road, camping, and travel any the heck where you tootin off to. The drainage is superb (which is also why it dries quickly and needs TO BE WATERED MORE OFTEN), and the water runs straight through the bag; so give them a good rinse every 8 hours or as needed.
I don like to waste water; so I don open the bag and then run the faucet over the seeds like SproutPeople recommends I simply fill a large bowl with fresh water and take them for a thorough dip 😉 just like the above soaking method. (As the seeds grow, obviously, the will need more water to rinse thoroughly each day)
I give it a good swishing and light massage to make sure all the seeds are submerged and nice and rinsed, dip it a few times (like a teabag), and, done! Entire thing takes a minute or less. You don need any direct contact with the sprouts at all through the whole process.
Okay, after only 24 hours some sprouts can be seen! Day 1:
Continue the rinse and draining.
Major Sprou michael kors outlet tage! And these have NOT even been officially greened they still in the bag!
Gorgeous. These were much bigger than just the days before; they were also crunchy and crispy!
The most delicious sprouts EVER. This yielded whopping 1.2 lbs of Sprouts!
The volume is so HUGE, that, honestly, 1.2 1/4 lbs doesn sound right. (Thes michael kors outlet e were weighed after spinning dry and the hulls removed)
I stored them in my glassware they barely fit!
Sprouts growing in this bag also smell very fresh and clean; you will not smell harsh Even when I fed the sprouts with the kelp, they never had an odor.
To dehull, Sprout People site has great instructions with photos, plus a method if you don have a salad spinner. Be aware you will lose a small amount of sprouts in the final rinse dehulling; hopefully, less each time!
To green, after the final rinse, drain them into a colander (or use the spinner insert), fluff them, and set them in a sunny location, out of direct sunshine, for a couple michael kors outlet of hours. I will fluff them up every so often to mix, aerate, and loosen those pesky hulls (if any remain from de hulling OR if you chosen to green before the final de hulling/rinse); in order that they all get some sun. But that not necessary; I just like to do it. I like the window sill, early morning. Many times, they won green to the degree as other times; however, this does not automatically mean they are less nutritious; they may just have less chlorophyll. Greening, really, is not necessary for obtaining benefits from eating sprouts; so don sweat it if you don or can It more important that you rinse, drain, and dry properly for storage. Additionally, as in the photos above in the hemp bag, and jar photos, they green anyway! Sometimes, just natural light in your home or electric light, indirectly, is enough. The sprouts the light :D.
In that vein, I wonder if sprouts absorb Vitamin D or if the amounts are higher in sprouts?
Here are few ways I greened: I put them in a colander and give them some light lots of air to dry. Then I gave them a final spin, just to insure all the water was evaporated.