Sunday, February 26, 2012

E.coli can originate in sprout seeds

Regarding the recent e.coli outbreak that was linked to clover sprouts from Jimmy John's. Read more at  The Oakland Press
I have looked for information on how e.coli can be introduced to sprouts. It can happen during growing, transportation, storage and serving. The big shock to me is that the seeds themselves can be contaminated with the pathogen. In light of this, I am waiting to find out more info. about where seeds are produced. I am still using the mung bean seeds that I purchased in November. I recommend using caution with growing your own sprouts until the origin of the clover sprouts contamination is clarified. I will update this blog when I learn more.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Growing sprouts helps beat the winter blues

I started growing sprouts in my kitchen. They grow so fast and easy and its such a green thumb ego boost. All you need is a jar with lid, a strainer and sprouting seeds.
Here's basic instructions:
For bean sprouts (I'm using the popular mung bean seeds). Rinse the seeds to wash the dirt off. Then put them in a jar and fill with water to soak for 8  to 12 hours. Then drain and keep them in the jar, rinsing and draining every 8-12 hours for 3 to 5 days. That is basically all there is to it. In 2 days, you see signs of sprouting. It's like springtime in a jar!
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