Just A Reminder…

Wow, 2003! Remember this? Still stands up, doesn’t it? In fact moreso now, which is pathetic.

Want something a bit more…say, scientific? Discover the nutritional FACTS with Dr. Greger

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Great short little video of just what I expressed in my previous post about how a beautiful it is to have a turkey allow youย to interact with her and engage in huggles! Hug a turkey: I promise, you will neverย be the same again!

It’s never too late to change!

Watch to the end and you’ll hear a lovely little cooing (and see all the hugs and kisses too) ๐Ÿ˜€

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Quotes

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Once someone asked George Bernard Shaw how it was that he looked so youthful. “I don’t,” Shaw retorted. “I look my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses?”

“We pray on Sundays that we may have light/To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;/We are sick of war, we don’t want to fight,/And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.”
George Bernard Shaw

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with”. And so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
Henry David Thoreau

“Flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling: killing. By killing, man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity, that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself, and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel.”
Leo Tolstoy

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

“For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench?

How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.”
Plutarch in his essay ‘On Eating Flesh’

If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax.”
Plutarch

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab Notes.

Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God.”
Cardinal John H. Newman

“Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. To harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.”
A Native American Chief (1854)

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Live Long And Prosper…

… an ETL Friday! Extra ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eating a huge, delicious salad is the secret to successful weight control and a long healthy life.โ€
_Dr. Fuhrman from “Eat To Live

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I watched an Oprah episode on “extreme” life extension (note it’s 10 pages) — Watch this short excerpt. I don’t think a video of the entire show is available, watch for a rerun! It was a fantastic show! SO inspiring. I was so excited watching it! I tell ya what, ETL is *the* way to eat for longevity, as prescribed by Dr. Fuhrman in “Eat To Live.” It is as close to exact as you can get to the diet of the longest-lived people in the world. It is a calorie restricted diet, naturally. It also leads into other areas of your life, enhancing it the longer you follow it.

Personally, I really don’t care so much about the numbers — about the years, per se: for me, it’s about QUALITY. Quality of those years. Though extra years ain’t too shabby a perk, don’t you agree?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
I want to be healthy when I die :D. Yes, yes, it’s possible. THAT’S what I want. I want lucidness, clarity, mental strength, as well as happiness and love when I pass. I want it to be a happy passing :D. I don’t want fear, regret, pain…

Many thanks to you, Dr. Fuhrman, for showing me the way. My thoughts on your work are of pure joy and gratitude.

If you’ve never met the longest-lived people on the planet, take a looksee:

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They even mention Hara Hachi Bu, which I’ve been practicing for a couple years now…AWESOME! I feel younger already :D. It absolutely becomes normal to eat that way, if you stick to it (just like Eating to live, just like any thing worth doing in life).
What strikes me most — and what I am THOROUGHLY convinced, more and more every single day of its essentialness — is the happiness. Can’t you just see it? See how peaceful they are — from within — it totally exudes from them, even detectable through a video. Amazing. Utterly amazing. I believe this is just as important as nutrition for health. And I believe, even if adopting their diet, but exacting a miserable life of negativity and pettiness and anger and vengeance and jealousy and self-hatred and resentment and on and on, the benefits are diminished, if not moot.

I know, as life is today, we cannot completely avoid negativity and negative people, but we can adopt the “Be the change we want to see” type of outlook, and draw to ourselves positivity. You attract what you give out. So happiness is also a verb ๐Ÿ™‚ You have to do it to get it. It doesn’t come to you automatically. Just like love love_hearts๐Ÿ™‚

I’m happy when I have the company and support of positive people! I find this happening more and more :D. It feels sooooooo great to attract those kind of people — the kind you respect. Who wants petty gossiping, toxic, etc. people around?! What’s more, who wants to be a petty, gossiping toxic person?!!!

I want to smile every day like the folks in that video; I want people I love around me; I want to die smiling ๐Ÿ˜€

Think I can do it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ How about you? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Strange Days of Weather; Sundried Tomatoes…And A BIG Congrats…

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The above is a picture ofย  my cornflower water. It’s in an eye cup. It’s a concentrated concoction, which I froze to preserve (rather than add more ingredients), and will dilute for an eye bath.

The weather has been insane! First, an earthquake, then high winds, 85-degree-plus weather and dry, Dry, DRY! Ugh! Awful for the eyes. So, I broke out my cornflower water.

I let it defrost right in the sanitized* eye cup, then add pure water to dilute. I Drop my head forward on to the to the top of the cup and flip my head back. A suction forms around the orbital bone, while I open and close my eyes, move them left to right, and up and down to flush them thoroughly. Soooo Sooooooothing. Nice and cool and moist. No stinging whatsoever. I’ve used this more and more often since we now have “fire season” all year long. But, the whole “global warming/climate change” hippie stuff is just Chicken Little hyperbole, right? Right. Tell that to my Eyes, Baby –heck, my ears and throat too! Sometimes, I’ll even get a bit mucousy and my ears get uncommonly dirty and cakey…yuk, I know.

I’ve also used the cornflower water when I’ve had long days on the computer, straining, or been doing a lot of reading.

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I got my cornflowers from MRH.ย  I like to make the infusion strong and freeze in small portions; then dilute it with water as needed.

As far as commercial eye washes, I will use Similisan’s eye drops. The cornflower water is more soothing, and works better.

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Also been employing my Neti Pot! Honestly, in the past two years, the strange weather patterns have given me just as strange effects.ย  (Off topic here, but I believe that future wars are going to be waged over water. I don’t think that’s too far off.) It’s when this dry weather comes. California, in my lifetime, has never been a “dry”-climate state; though, as now, we are experiencing a drought (I think we’ve been in a drought for decades…) It’s always been fairly mild, and I’ve rarely gotten dry eyes; though, occasionally, on smoggy days, I’ve had itching and redness. Three years ago, I never needed to Netiย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Luckily, I have no allergies, or I imagine I’d be Nettiing daily.

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Himalania Salt — the only time you’ll see salt on this blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like to use the Pink Himalania Salt. (Yea, I know, fancy-shmancy overpriced…) But it seems to be the best choice. Iodized or table salt is certainly not for use with the Neti or anything else except maybe an abrasive cleanser!

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Also due to this strange weather, I’ve occasionally awakened with puffy-ish eyes — and, weirdly, they are either dry or water-filled. Does that suck, or what? I mean, I haven’t’ consumed salt in 5 years, and to awaken “puffy” is like the old days of eating too much Americanized Chinese food the previous night — no fair! Anyway, I just add a couple drops of Helichrysum essential oil to a good-quality carrier oil (I prefer rose hip seed oil) or combo of oils, and spread lightly under my eyes (not in the eyes!) and it does the job, and moisturizes too. Helichrysum means “sun gold” in Greek. It is also known as “Immortelle,” and “Everlasting.” I have the hydrosol, as well, which is a fantastic toner for the face. One of its benefits is to reduce swelling and inflammation; and it is supposed to have rejuvenative properties (don’t they all?) I have read that it’s good for dark circles — over time — but I cannot attest to that; helps with rosacea, supposedly; lots of claims with this one — good for scars; and legend has it that it holds the key to eternal youth (Oh, yes! Haha), etc. It’s potent; so only a couple drops of oil are needed, and especially on the face and delicate eye area. If my eyes are holding water, the helichrysum will make them weep and reduce the swelling. Of course a tea bag — green or black — a slice of raw potato or cucumber over the (closed) eyes will work too ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

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Sun dried Tomatoes

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I like to sun dry my own, home-grown tomatoes! Unfortunately, I haven’t had enough space the past several years to do so — on the scale a tomato lover like me needs, any way :D.ย  VeganBarbie mentioned she’s going to be canning her homegrown this summer in her garden — I’m jealous! BUT, I have been growing them in pots, however, which still yields incredible tomatoes — and cherry/pear/etc. sweet tomatoes, too. They are always better tasting than any store bought.

I was purchasing Trader Joe’s brand of organic sun dried tomatoes; however, they told me a couple days ago (when I accidentally picked up 4 packages which had expired. For shame, T.J.’s!) that they are discontinuing them. Why?!! They were pretty good, being organic, for the price. Very disappointing. My only alternative — if I want organic, salt-free/oil-free/preservative-free/any-other-junk-free — is to buy from the bulk bin, which I’d rather not. There is rarely, if ever an expiry date or date of packaging, and people often stick their hands in those bins. Anyway, sometimes I can find “Just Tomatoes,” but those are more expensive than they ought to be. They are not “sun dried,”ย  which, isn’t TOO big a deal, if you need some; but, again, for the price? I expect
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Goldmine Naturals, Organic Sun Dried Tomatoes

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I often recommend Goldmine Natural Foods for their outstanding products — all very good quality, and fresh (Their beans and nuts are delicious). I had never tried their sundried tomatoes. So, on the hunt, after being rejected by T.J.’sย  red_angry_mad_flame, I finally found a package at a local market in my area. As you see in the above picture, they are gorgeous. What struck me when I opened the package was the fragrance: It was sweet and floral — interestingly so! I’ve had sweet, fruity; I’ve had acidic, rich, deep-flavored; Etc. —ย  but floral?

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So I soaked them and made my pasta sauce for Raw “Spaghetti”; and, while blending, the fragrance got more intense. The taste? Delicious, but different! It’s hard to describe, but these actually tasted floral. It was as if I had blended some sweet peas with them or something.ย  I’m kind of on the fence with these for pasta…It was an excellent sauce, but the flowery taste — while utterly delicious — is not what I’m used to with pasta; on the other foot, it IS a garden pasta, using zucchini as noodles, so, why not? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ha! I think I may just need to adjust the sauce for pasta. These would be delicious for my Thousand Island Dressing. I really like these and recommend them; but keep in mind my observations. Of course, these may have been from a particular batch. Growing conditions, soil, etc., effect different produce; so, perhaps future purchases will be different. If you try them, I’d like to know your experience and if you also got a floral bunch. It was certainly different.

I needed to place an order from Jaffe Bros., aka, “Organic Fruits and Nuts; so decided to order their organic, sun dried toms. I’ll let ya know how they fare ๐Ÿ™‚ . ********* UPDATE : I will *never* buy from Jaffe again: lousy tomatoes, followed by the worst, rudest service I’ve ever encountered. Very sad, too, since I was a good customer…

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* You can also use the oven method or canning method. Always do thorough research before using any essential oil, herb, or other “natural remedy.”

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Congratulations, America!

Happy Inauguration Day, President Barack Obama!

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This is certainly one day to celebrate in America ๐Ÿ˜€

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Don’t forget this Friday is the final act of,ย  “Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Part IV” by Argent ๐Ÿ˜€

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To ‘Poo Or Not To ‘Poo…Plus, Henna…

I may give this another try…sometime. Anyone tried going NO ‘POO? I did this several years ago after someone on a discussion board mentioned it. Of course, I had to try it; I’m just too curious for my own good sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰ My results were less than stellar; however, it could be I did not give it long enough to work…I couldn’t afford “to wait a few weeks” with nasty hair to see if this works!

I did the baking soda thing, followed by apple cider vinegar (no, I did not create a sizzling foam reaction!) The vinegar is great as a conditioner, by the way, whether or not you ‘Poo. It leaves hair nice and soft.

My hair just didn’t respond in the — four days? something like that — time I did it.

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I’m as paranoid about putting poisons in and on my body as any other loon, so I prefer to use Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioner, by Five Elements.

Sometimes you wonder about the “natural” part on the advertising of products, but one look at this stuff and there’s no doubt, Lol! This is serious mud:

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I read about it online and the ingredients list sold me; This is for the “Sea Essence Shampoo”:

Our Simply Pure Fair Trade Ingredients

kelp; nori; kombu; fucus; sea silk & Irish moss; red, brown & white algae
:: revitalizes, stimulates hair growth
Klamath Lake blue green algae
:: nourishes heals
natural soapbark from Chile, Chinese green tea from Shanghai, cactus from Mexico, & yucca
:: 100% natural foaming botanicals
aloe vera, organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
:: enlivened enzymes
92 trace minerals
:: natural preservative
essential oils of frankincense and myrrh

This synergistic blend of enlivened, charged botanicals and hand-picked herbs are mixed, blended, and bottled according to the moon cycles used by ancient farmers.

Animal cruelty free.

All Morrocco Method 5 Elements products are gluten free.

Now, admittedly this will take some getting used to. When I first tried this it disappeared into my hair! It felt like I was putting nothing on, and so I added more and more until it felt like I might get a tiny bubble or two. This is not a sudsing shampoo. Of course, I was irritated. This stuff ain’t drugstore-priced junk! It seemed like I couldn’t get it throughout my hair and I was sure my hair wasn’t clean. But it was. It took a few more times to realize I did not need so much of it — maybe a bit more than others — but, really, the need for it is probably just in my head (ha!) It will not lather up like you’re used to; but you find out quickly, you don’t need it. Some of that foaming action in regular shampoos, comes from SLS, “sodium laureth sulfate”), which some say is carcinogenic; while others aren’t so sure. Even Dr. Fuhrman’s response to a question on the Dr. Fuhrman.com Forums to its safety, “… likely to be safe enough to be used on your skin, but not safe enough to eat ” is rather dubious. Hmmm…not very comforting!ย  I’ll stick with the natural stuff, for now. Anyway, have you read the list of ingredients on some of these things? Too many “glycols” such as propylene glycol which comes from petroleum, and other questionable additives. No thanky.

Here is the back of the Apple Cider Vinegar. You see it says to shampoo twice! I did this for a short time, but not for long. You don’t need to. Maybe it’s just to put people at ease when first trying it — I don’t know, but I certainly do not need to shampoo twice, nor use a lot like I used to.

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I like the conditioners, too. I’ve used the conditioner and the sprays; I have not tried their styling gel or Hair and Scalp Therapy. I do have their oil, but I only used it a couple times because I make my own; and don’t really need it, anyway.

I get a little worried when a product gets “big” and then starts to expand: They’ve got these new Elixirs I’ve not tried, but I get antsy when I read about such dramatic claims, such as “Grow luxurious hair in 90 days!” You know? On the other hand, so far, the Morrocco Method has not disappointed…there goes my curiosity gene ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe, I’ll try it (!) And then there’s cutting your hair by the moon lol well, hey, who knows?

Before this product came to my attention, I hadn’t even thought of shampoo as a possible cause for gluten sensitivities! I wonder if there is gluten in some products like this that people don’t know about and are suffering needlessly. I swear you have to be Sherlock-friggin’ Holmes nowadays!

Back to their ‘poos, they are also a very nice face wash; my skin is left very soft,clean, and never dry or oily. It’s gentle and has a very soft exfoliation action, which I like because I don’t like those harsh ones that feel like you’re scraping your skin raw with corn kernels or something! I like the cider vinegar best for that. I feel much safer with ingredients like seaweed rather than diethanolamine (DEA).

I like this stuff now, and am used to it. Even with long hair, I don’t use loads of it. My hair also seems to not need to be washed often; which makes me wonder if I’ve sort of done a semi-No’Poo, since this stuff does not contain what other shampoos do.ย  My hair is left clean without perfumes or feeling weighted down by who-knows-what, nor stripped of all its oils.

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Hennaing for the body can be quite beautiful. It can be extravagant, as in for weddings, or quite simple in design.

I’ve always liked the look on feet…

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Perhaps this summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

But there is also hennaing for hair. I’ve never colored my hair, but, wanted to try the henna; So, I bought some once and never did use it! I did some internet surfing and found some cautions about henna being dangerous…Sigh…then I read that only *certain* henna products, made with some cheap, substitute, posing as real henna is what to avoid…Sigh, some more…so, back and forth, back and forth. I admit it, I was propogandized! I really didn’t know what to believe. Normally, since henna has been used for the ages, and there has been no major warnings about it, that I know about, then I would try it (though, having been used for centuries doesn’t always = safe, of course!) However, the whole thing about not knowing what is the goodย  henna, and which is the bad, well, it just gets ugly ( ๐Ÿ™‚ ) — will the real henna please stand up? More sighs.

Anyone have experience with henna? I’d love to know your experience. If you know about the controversy (or maybe it’s all phooey ??)ย  and/or know a good source for the “good” henna, please, do tell!

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Final word on all this “No ‘Poo” business — no one mentions smell!ย  Many moons ago, I worked my way through school and supported myself in restaurants. Let me tell you, you *will* smell like the blue plate special at the end of your shift, whether you like it or not. Still, I rarely cook now, and I still get the smell of food in my hair! Plus, isn’t the hair absorbing a lot of the junk in the environment? Just going into downtown makes me feel like a good shower when I get home.

Perhaps the baking soda method would be enough. The vinegar, I’m sure rids most of the smell…but some of these methods say you need never wash your hair, only rinse with water!

I had a friend who never washed his face, only rinsed with water twice a day. Never would have known! He had great skin. Hmmm…Sure would be nicer on the wallet…Maybe I’ll go no-‘poo sometime, but I’m thoroughly happy with my Morrocco Method.

Anyone try going No ‘Poo or willing to to give it a try? ๐Ÿ˜‰

O, and, lest ye thinks me remiss me smoothies, I shall leave thee with today’s GJGS — Dino Kale-Collards-Baby Spinach-Strawberry-Lemon Green Jucie Green Smoothie ๐Ÿ˜€
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More on Sprouts!

CLOVER SPROUTS (aka Red Clover Sprouts), ready for their greening ๐Ÿ™‚ :
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Yes, I cannot get enough! I’m consumed by sprouts; they’ve cast their spell over me and their magic, taken hold! I have to say that I have — despite what may or may not be true about food=energy — that I have been feeling stronger, physically — Oooh, yea — and feel “better” (as opposed to “more energetic”). (I’m feeling it in my weightlifting to boot!) I mean, in other words, I don’t feel an artificial (or even ‘natural’) boost or burst of energy; I feel overall just more — just better…if that makes sense. Like I have each time I’ve reached — yet another — state of improved health.ย  So, not like a caffeine or some supplement rush; but the sort of “energy”; “enthusiasm”(?); or perhaps, “feel-good” state of being that ETL’ing (“Eat To Live’ing”) gave me when it catapulted me to the blissfulness that is optimal health. Know what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜‰ If not, then read Eat To Live, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman — actually, I take that back: READ IT AND DO IT, *then* you can — gain or regain TRUE, optimal health YOU WERE MEANT TO HAVE in this life. ETL’ing removes the ups-and-downs, the highs-and-lows, the lifts-and-crashes — the mania, if you will. ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, achieving health brought contentment: that is the word I use — a state of being so that I no longer oscillate wildly ;). Beautiful word, isn’t it?ย  Okay, back to the sprouts!

I Photobucket - Video and Image Hostingclover sprouts, yesiree, I do. They used to be first on my list before I started growing my own; now, since the broccoli sprouts are so incredibly delicious when I grow them, I have to say they are equal…I think…They are very, very mild and tasty. They are also extremely easy to clean (the hulls rinse away and even fall off by themselves when only slightly jarred, very easily). Ready in four days is also a plus!

They are not cruciferous; in fact, they are a member of the family alfalfa. Same cautions that go with overdoing alfalfa goes for clover, apparently; however, there are two sides. Perhaps, moderate consumption with these is best, as it seems these are some of the claims made for consuming too much soy. Also, alfalfa and Clover, by the way, are the two sprouts in the news as the ones to avoid because they are said to harbor salmonella. But, these were not organic (read more about this at the end of this blog post, below).

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Okay, more on my ORGANIC broccoli…just gimme more, more more

Methinks I’m getting better at this! Yes. I know this because, I’m getting a better, higher yield from the same amount of seeds. I think it comes down to one thing, basically — draining more efficiently. This, itself, is responsible for, pretty much, whatever possible problems arise from sprouting at home — drowning; molding; bacteria; low yield; and more, I’m sure. It can also be a contributor to the problem of poor air circulation. Anyway, I’ve no probs so far! It really is easy, though; so it’s not like I’m this super-ace sprouter yellow lol rolling VF. Follow directions — just do it as written, as I always say — and, guess what? It’ll work ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I have discovered, however, is that growing in the mason jars with these plastic lids…

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definitely works; BUT, using a cheesecloth, like so…

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I was cautioned against cheesecloth*; so I opted for the plastic lid (which was what I found at the market; had their been a stainless steel screen, I’d have chose it) to begin my adventure. However, I found the cheesecloth, while an extra step to cut and rubberband it, to be MUCH better at draining the jar AND allowing more air into it. I haven’t seen the metal lids at any store so far — should just look for some sheets of stainless steel mesh, myself, and make my own (Home Depot??) — so I decided to order the sprouting screens from Mountain Rose Herbs, since I had to place an order there anyway. I really, really like the screens offered by SproutPeople; I like the varying meshes — this is very handy! No little-lost seedlings and no stuffy housing for the adult sprouts. However, I don’t like to order one thing from a site…had I other things to order from them, I’d have ordered those screens. If the MRH screens don’t work for me, I’ll consider the SproutP’s. I also like the plastic rings: This way, there is no warping or rusting like does happen, eventually, with the standard mason jar rings. Hmmm…now I’m regretting! We’ll see. Oh, and I also ordered the Sprouting Canister Kit from MRH…yea, yea, it even looks cheapy online; _lol but, the reality is, not much of a contraption is really needed for sprouting. It’s all very simple.green cutie cheeks

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Broccoli Sprouts ready for greening Wow! Don’t they look green already?! Not even from the market are the tastiest this beautiful:

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But, whoa, take a looksee — Super-Green Broccoli Sprouts, FINI!

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Awesome. Can absolutely see the difference — and only within hours of greening — they’ve been sunning themselves and it showssunshine bursting

Oh, and don’t forget: Your home-grown sprouts WILL taste better than any store-bought sprouts you can buy — I guarantee it. The fragrance is sooo *fresh* and the taste is not “brassica-y” like some broccoli sprouts; they are mild and sweet — yes, you read that right, sweetbaby-sweet, Baby ;). AND, not only that, if you like a crispiness/crunchiness, harvest a bit early. I noticed when I let them sprout longer, they are less crunchy. I like them both ways, actually. Sometimes the softer ones are nice, but sometimes those little crunchy-sweet things are yummy in an ETL-Salad (which, if you’re an ETLer, you know the difference between an “ETL-Salad” and a — well, salad).

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Even Noodles gets into the act ( Yes, it is at you he is winking ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Here is a pic of his food — mixed, whole grains with broccoli sprouts (I’m not sure about giving him clover) and kale:

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A bit more on the sprouts — SproutPeople really emphasize the rinse and drain as being paramount to success; I have to agree. However, one of their instructions is to use a LOT of water and to use high pressure water flow;
as it happened, I was having waterflow issues at my kitchen sink and had a very, very weak stream at the time I started this jar method experimenting. I had no problems NOT using tons of water and NOT using high-pressure water. I simply filled the jar and did a really — really — good shaking and mixing so that all the sprouts were thoroughly wet. I kept the SproutPeople’s advice in mind about how important all this is; so I made sure. No problems whatsoever. Perhaps the swirling and shaking and TIME taken contributed…you know, as opposed to rushing my way through it very quickly — like a too-fast rinse and dump; instead, I made sure they had a nice “dip in the pool” and got their hair wetsmiley in jar
Still, it’s great information to keep in mind in case any issues arise or, if you simply want to use more water as a precaution. My position, however, is staunchly conserva — wow, don’t say that often ๐Ÿ˜‰ — tive on the waste issue. I’m a self-admitted mad recycler and non-waster of any and all things…well, I do my best.

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Now for a bit more on safety. The recent tomato-gate scandal has made the “contaminated veggies!” whiners all the more excited of late — oh, the inhumanity. What I find at the core of this issue — and which is, of course, IGNORED by the “media,” is twofold: One, the problem produce is ALWAYS non-organic; and, two, it is always linked back to an animal source. AND, not some ‘natural’ occurrence by some hapless pig wandering — or “free-roaming”/”cage-free” soul — about, stumbling onto a crop of vegetables; this is an environmental issue and a vegan issue — namely, the keeping of animals for human usage, food, mostly. (Just look up “factory farming” and you’ll get all the information you need)
Just as good, READ THIS (PLEASE) – “Pork’s Dirty Secret”. Read all the pages; it’s worth it.

Additionally, SproutPeople had a back-and-forth going with Whole Foods on the contamination issue and sprouts. Good, important read. [ Note the info about bleach!! More reason to grow your own :^) ]

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*This caution about cheesecloth (that it is, at times, a bacteria attraction) was mentioned atย  SproutPeople.com; however, the site is so incredibly dense, I cannot find the citation!

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Okay, I’ve gotten very carried away here…many issues I’ve touched on!

Signing out,

_Strix
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