In just a matter of days, these seeds will be sprouts. Highly nutritious. Highly delicious.
I am going to come clean here. I don't really care about salad greens- or any greens for that matter (save for the super yummy sweet potato greens which are so, so good and versatile)- in the summer. Don't miss 'em. Don't crave 'em. I have a summer fling with sprouts. Let me introduce you to them:
This jar is where all the magic happens. This is a wide-mouthed one quart canning jar. I bought it at Michael's for very little money plus a 40% off coupon. Instead of the metal disk at the top, I have a few pieces of cheesecloth being held in place with the ring. This is all you need. The first thing you do is add sprouting seeds, cover with water and let sit for about 6 hours. This is what you see happening in the photo above.
A note about seeds: If you are lucky like I am, you have a few places where you can buy organic sprouting seeds. To me, organic is key here. Most likely, you are eating these things raw. You don't want to mess with anything that is not organic. I bought Mumm's Sprouting Seeds. Botanical Interests also sells sprouting seeds, all of which are organic. Sprout People is also an excellent resource with lots of gadgetry available for purchase in addition to seeds. You know how I feel about gadgets! Bring it! At any rate, a quick stop at a local health food store (not GNC) should put you on your way if you have any trouble.
Finally, you might ask why these are so critical for me during the summer. For starters, it's really hard to grow salad greens in the Georgia heat. They bolt or wilt. Either way, they are unappetizing. These are salad's understudy. When the main performer isn't available, you can call on sprouts. Secondly, these really work with our laid back summer routine. The kids sleep late which gives me an hour or so by myself to fiddle in the kitchen, tend to the garden or lounge in my favorite chair. Inevitably, I happen upon the sprout jar and remember to rinse them. During the hustle and bustle of the school year when it is rush, rush, rush, I often forget to rinse them. They are still edible and still delicious, but being neglected, I often wonder...
At any rate, get yourself a jar and some cheesecloth or one of those handy dandy reusable (bonus points!) screens and sprout yourself silly. It's a miniature garden right in your window. That's pretty super!