The Church I belong to encourages its members to store food in case of emergency. I went out and got some buckets of wheat with the intent to grind it into flour to make bread...which I have since done. But...there is so much more you can do, as I found as I read this book. Maybe you all knew that but I didn't, so I took it upon myself to try out some of these recipes. The remainder of my posts this week will be about my food storage experiment.
And an experiment this was. Some things failed, some I just can't tell...but I learned a lot and feel a lot better about using my wheat and other storage in different ways. It is easier to feel confident about something once you have tried it. So I learned that my preparedness goes beyond just obtaining food and that it involves practicing ways to use it.
My first experiment was wheat grass.
Once you sprout wheat grass, its nutrient value increases tremendously. I have heard of people who chew it. If you have a juicer you can put it in foods and drinks that way. You can cut it and put it into salads but the taste is quite pungent and tastes well...like grass. I just did it as my first attempt at sprouting something.
So...I googled this, took tips from the cookbook, watched YouTube videos and found that so many people have chronicled ways on how to do this...and there is more than one way... that it was kind of information overload for me.
Hopefully my steps can simplify it a bit for you. I use a wet paper towel as a "growing medium" instead of soil. Of course you can use soil. The Pretty Poppy has a great tutorial for that.
Okay....let's get started:
Get your wheat and a jar. I use white wheat.
Place a piece of nylon over the mouth of a jar and secure with a rubber band.
Rest the jar on it's side an an angle in a bowl. This will allow the water to seep out as needed so the wheat won't go moldy.
Place the bowl in a dark cool place. I put it in dark recess above my fridge so I wouldn't forget that it was there.
Rinse the wheat, drain it, and set it on its side a couple of times per day for about two to three days...just until you see it start to sprout. Remember to keep it out of sunlight.
Continue to water it 1-2 times per day.
Once you see the grass getting taller...say about an inch or more, you can remove the covering and put it in the sun. Continue to water and drain it daily. And...watch it grow!
I wondered if I could cut it and put it in a vase. I put a little cup inside the vase to give it some height, and some more growing medium/paper towels before placing the cut grass in.
Yep. It continued to grow this way too. Cool huh?
After a couple of weeks I trimmed it and kept it growing but by the end of those two weeks it started to go moldy. I suspect it was all the rain we were getting ( I did this during our really rainy Spring), or maybe it was because I didn't use those pricey anti-microbial type growing mediums you can buy, or maybe because I wasn't using a true sprouting tray. It did last a couple of weeks though and didn't really cost me anything! :)
If you want to use this for decorative purposes, this would be easy and space efficient. It turns into a shag rug of grass that you can cut as needed. I bet I could have gotten 6-8 vases of grass out of my tray.