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Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts
Prep 2/3 Cup of seed* then transfer (if necessary) into a bowl or into your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70°) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Soak seeds for 4 hours.
Note: If you look up the sprouting instructions for each of the seeds in this mix you will see that they all have unique soak times. We find that 4 hours works fine when they are all together though when we grew this mix for our farmer's market we grew the almonds and peanuts together (soaking for 8-12 hours and sprouting for 2-3 days) and the pumpkins and sunflowers together (soaking 1-hour and sprouting for 24 hours), we have learned over the years that our home sprouting customers don't like 2-step sprout mixes, so we make it easy and live with the imperfections.
We know that the resulting sprouts are so amazingly delicious when grown all together that you won't even consider an imperfection concievable =:-D
But, if you want to be like us, you can buy the seeds seperately and mix them together after you sprout them. Feel free!
Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
Note: Pumpkins and Sunflowers tend to be a bit on the "dusty" side (it is a byproduct of the hulling process) so rinse and rinse some more - until the water runs clear from your sprouter.
and Drain thoroughly.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
Rinse and Drain again in 4-12 hours.
We stop here. We like our Market Mix this way.
And, perhaps once more...
Rinse and Drain in 4-12 hours.
And, doubtfully but possibly once more...
Rinse and Drain in 4-12 hours.
As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at EVERY RINSE - including the very first - just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and are therefore very nutritious - and - they are now without enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing) so they'll digest themselves and nourish you.
The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.
Note: Neither Pumpkin Sprouts nor Sunny Sprouts store well in the refrigerator. We have kept them for 2 weeks at times but we generally expect only a few days at best. They don't really go bad but they do tend to get bitter after a few days. If you do store Market Mix you can always pick out the Pumpkins if you don't like their flavor - they won't effect the other sprouts.
Still in all we think you should sprout and eat. Forget storage. These sprouts are so fast and easy to grow, there really is no reason not to grow them fresh just when you need them? Is there?
FYI - When we were professional sprout growers, we sold Madison Market Mix to a world class restraunt in Madison, Wisconsin every week and they were happy to use them throughout the week, so perhaps we're being to nit picky about their shelf life. Decide for yourself as always.
* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bag.
Remember that the yield will be approximately 1.5:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity.
This mix is beyond outrageous! We sold a ton of it over the years at our farmer's market in Madison, Wisconsin (hence the name of the mix). Many a devoted fan was sad to see us move on - out of the market and then to California. But hey - they can grow their own now.
It is a very quick mix to grow, though the resulting sprouts (the Almonds and Peanuts) are not so much sprouts as "soaks" - that is, they plump up with water but produce very little (or no) root (sprout). This mix has a shorter shelf life than most sprouts - once grown it is best consumed within 48 hours, but believe us - it won't last even that long once you taste it. The shelf life issue is one of flavor not of decomposition. As a rule the Pumpkins will get a bit bitter after a few days and the Sunflowers might get a bit over-ripe, but we've kept it for almost 2 weeks in storage tests and found it still quite tasty. Decide for yourself - like we say - it isn't likely to go uneaten so it's a moot point =:-}
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Madison Market Mix
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