How to sprout seeds in a sack

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Sprouted seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. You can địa chỉ cửa hàng seeds lớn sandwiches & salads, chop them up into dips, or just eat them by the handful.While they are easily bought in most grocery stores, growing your own will offer you a less expensive, healthier, & more satisfying sprout experience.There are quite a few methods for growing your own sprouts, but I have found the bag method the best by far. You can spend $15 or more on a sprouting bag, or you can make your own for a few dollars - or less if you already have some fabric on hand that you can use.What you"ll need khổng lồ make the sprouting bag:* 1/4 yard or so of natural fiber fabric (cotton or hemp are recommended)* 1/2 yard or so of ribbon, twill tape, or twine for a drawstring* sewing thread (to match your fabric if you like)* scissors* sewing pins* sewing machine* buttonhole attachment for your sewing machine* tailor"s chalk or something else to lớn mark fabric* seam ripper* tapestry needle or safety pin* cigarette lighter or match (optional)What you"ll need khổng lồ use the sprouting bag:* seeds intended for sprouting (varieties are practically endless, see step 5 for ideas)* clean water* bowl large enough lớn rinse your finished sprouts* container to lớn store sprouts in


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Decide how big you want your bag to be when it"s finished. Mine are 6-1/2 inches wide by 8 inches tall. I start with about 1 tablespoon of alfalfa seed in the bag, and end up with about 1-1/2 to 2 cups of sprouts, and this bag is big enough for that.Add 1-1/4 inches to the desired height of your bag and 1/2 inch to the desired width of your bag, then multiply the width by 2. (8 inches tall + 1-1/4 inches = 9-1/4 inches; 6-1/2 inches wide + 50% inch x 2 = 14 inches.) This will be the kích cỡ to cut your fabric. I like to make one of the long edges the selvage of the fabric. (The selvage is the edge of a woven fabric that is finished khổng lồ avoid fraying.) Cut the fabric rectangle.If you are not using the selvage edge, use the zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to "seal" the long edge of the fabric that will be the vị trí cao nhất opening of your bag. Now, with the wrong side of the fabric facing you, turn down 1-1/4 inches of the long edge (the selvage if you"re using it or the zigzag finished edge if not) and pin in place. Using a straight stitch, & remembering lớn reverse a few stitches at each kết thúc of the seam, sew very close khổng lồ your finished edge, removing pins as you come khổng lồ them.

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 Fold your fabric in half, right side out, along the hemmed edge. Use a pin to mark the centerline (where the fold is).Unfold the fabric và fold the previously seamed hem in half. At the pinned centerline, make note of where the folded đứng đầu edge is now. Unfold and, using tailor"s chalk or a pencil or a crayon or whatever, mark your drawstring hole & remove pin. This should be barely wider than whatever you"re going khổng lồ use for a drawstring.Using your buttonhole attachment, create a buttonhole around your mark, working on the right side of the fabric. Use a seam ripper to cut the fabric in the buttonhole. Be careful not lớn cut the threads you just stitched, though!If you don"t have a buttonhole attachment, cut your buttonhole first và then whip-stitch around the hole to seal the edges.

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Fold bag in half along the hem, wrong side out. Pin sạc together if you lượt thích - my fabric stayed in place nicely, so I didn"t bother.Beginning at the top, using a straight stitch, sew along the side of the bag, leaving about 3/8 to một nửa inch seam allowance. When you get lớn the bottom corner of the bag, stitch to 1/2 inch from the bottom edge, & with your needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot of your machine & turn the fabric 90 degrees. Now stitch the bottom edge of the bag. Be sure to vì a few reverse stitches at the beginning and end of this seam to prevent unraveling.Your fabric edges might be a little uneven - that"s okay. Go ahead and use your scissors lớn trim the edges lớn about 1/4 to 3/8 inches from your seam. Now run a zigzag stitch along this edge, with the edge of the fabric in the center of the stitch. This is the poor (wo)man"s serger!


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Fold vị trí cao nhất hem in half toward the inside of the bag, pinning in place. You will be sewing along the first seam you made, so be sure while pinning that your edge is past that seam so you"ll be catching the edge when you sew.With a straight stitch, working on the right side of the fabric, sew along the first hem seam you created in this project. Be sure lớn reverse a few stitches at the beginning and the kết thúc of your seam.Thread your tapestry or yarn needle with the drawstring you"re using, or sạc a large-ish safety pin sạc through one kết thúc of the drawstring. Insert the needle/safety pin sạc in the buttonhole and begin to lớn work the drawstring through the channel, gathering the fabric & sliding it along toward the "tail" of the drawstring little by little. When you reach the buttonhole again, pull the ends of the drawstring even và knot them.If you use something that will fray, like the grosgrain ribbon I chose, you"ll want khổng lồ finish the ends somehow. You can heat-seal them with a quick flick through a lighter or match flame or you can turn the ends down & stitch them.


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There are so many types of seeds you can sprout! Some to lớn try are: adzuki beans, alfalfa, almonds, amaranth, arugula, barley, đen turtle beans, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, celery, chives, clover, corn, cress, dill, fenugreek, garbanzo beans, garlic, hemp, kamut, leek, lentils, lettuce, millet, mizuna, mung beans, mustard, oats, onion, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, radish, red popcorn, rice (especially nice are wehani and Thai Red rice), quinoa, rye, sesame, spelt, soybeans, sunflower seeds, tatsoi, triticale, and wheat. Many of these have a lot of different varieties available, so kiểm tra them out thoroughly. Try mixing several types together for a sprout salad. I especially lượt thích alfalfa or clover with broccoli & radish or cress.Do your research - some of the beans should be cooked after sprouting, as they can be difficult to digest without cooking. They cook far faster after sprouting, though, and are better for you. Some grains & nuts will not really khung a sprout, but a nice swelling at the germ of the seed. They are still delicious and good for you.Put your seed into the sprouting bag và place the bag in a container of cool, clean water. I use about 1 tablespoon of small seed in mine - a bit more for beans or larger seeds. Leave the closed bag in the container of water lớn soak. Each seed has its own soaking time, so you"ll want to lớn check, but most of the seeds I use tend to lớn need 8-12 hours of soaking.After soaking, swish the bag around in the bowl a bit và hang. You"ll want lớn put a towel or sponge or something under the drip. About every 8 hours or so (you"ll get the feel for this with your particular seeds and the type of fabric you use), either swish and dip your seeds in a bowl of water or rinse under running water. Re-hang.When the sprouts are as big as you want them, remove them from the bag và put into a large bowl of cool water. Turn the bag inside out & rinse lớn get rid of any hulls clinging lớn the bag, và squeeze it as dry as possible. Swirl the sprouts in the water, breaking up the mass of sprouts and letting the hulls drift away from the sprouts. When you have as many hulls freed as possible, remove the sprouts from the bowl. You can repeat this process as many times as you lượt thích to get rid of hulls.Return the sprouts to lớn the bag. Go outside & swing the bag around and around in big circles - you"re using centrifugal force to get as much water out of the sprouts as possible, because putting them away wet will cause them lớn go bad very quickly.Put the sprouts in a clean plastic or glass container. You can put them in a windowsill or other spot that gets indirect sunlight for a couple of hours if you want to lớn let them develop a bit of chlorophyll (turn green). I usually line the bottom of my container with a paper towel and place a piece of paper towel on vị trí cao nhất of the sprouts in the container, too. Really, you want khổng lồ keep them from being too moist! Sprouts will keep for weeks in the fridge.