Growing Fresh Produce Aboard Your Boat

Published: 18th March 2012
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You will only live approximately three weeks without food consumption. As you are buying food, you will need some time to think about which food items you have to stock up for the future. But stocking up on any food that is just not both appetizing and nourishing will be a waste of time. In our trawler cruising preparation process we could not figure how to prepare for having a never-ending quantity of garden-fresh vegetables. As you may think, you'll find small garden room aboard our trawler. So we discovered the idea of sprouting seeds; this appeared to be a great thought for garden-fresh vegetables.

If it's Alive, You will Thrive
You must have some food that is certainly alive. Living (fresh) plant foods contain enzymes which help to digest food items. You need to consume some foods which are a supply of live enzymes so as to better digest your food. During periods of tension, your digestive system seems to falter somewhat; it takes enzymes to break down the foodstuff to work correctly. Not only are sprouts rich with enzymes, they are also full of vitamins and minerals.

Each time someone inquires where to start when getting sprouting seeds, I always tell them to begin with the basics: grains and legumes. They are nearly infallible. Look for the sprouts you see inside food market produce department; even perhaps purchase a little for just a taste test.

So which seeds are best to sprout? Wheat is good and you may also sprout grains such as rye, corn, buckwheat and barley. Grains loaded with protein are labeled super grains. These include millet, and buckwheat. In case you are gluten intolerant, you will want to contemplate gluten-free grains like rice.

Legumes that can be sprouted consist of: black beans, great northern beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans, kidney beans, soybeans, pinto beans, red beans, lentils, and mung beans. We principally like lentils as they have a shelf life after sprouting much longer than other seeds. Vegetable seedlings that grow include: broccoli, onion, cabbage, and radish. Sprouting seeds may be purchased in health food stores or from web based merchants. A favorite website I utilize is The Sprout People.

What will you do with sprouts? You can create sandwiches from them, cook them in omelets, stir fry, or as we prefer, simply create a big tasty garden-fresh salad. We stash about ten various types of sprouting seeds on our trawler and rotate them regularly. We buy more when the supply gets low.

Ways to Sprout
If you have quart jars or sprouting trays, you are able to sprout.
To grow sprouts effectively abide by these uncomplicated guidelines:
1. Place the seeds inside a container with a top containing holes in it for drainage. You will need to make a few experimental runs to work out just the number of seedlings to soak. You may buy the tops from your seed retailer. If you cannot find plastic sprouting tops, simply punch some openings in a metallic top.
2. Fill the container with water and wash the seedlings. Drain them with the lid. For people with sprouting trays that may be acquired from seed sellers, follow the same fundamental guidelines.
3. Top off the container with water yet again and permit the seeds to soak overnight.
4. The following day, drain the water from the jar of sprouts.
5. Situate the container in any balmy location, approximately 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, away from direct sunlight. Wash the seeds two times daily, draining off surplus water each occasion. The sprouts will start to grow. It usually requires about three to five days for the sprouts to grow mature enough for use.
6. When the spouts are mature, expose the sprouts to sunlight. Locate them on a windowsill for a couple of hours to develop the chlorophyll that gives sprouts the green shade. You shouldn't have to position them in direct sun however.
7. When they've turned green, harvest and eat the sprouts. Bean sprouts are best eaten as soon as the sprout pops away from the seed.
8. Sprouts are usually stored in the fridge for a few days in an airtight container using a paper towel underneath the sprouts. Sprouts spoil after 3 to 4 days. If you are not able to consume all of them, put them in the freezer for use in stir-fry meals.

Sprouts taste best if consumed uncooked in tossed salads or lightly sauteed. Sprouting seeds, grains and legumes literally converts the seeds into fresh produce. It really is similar to having an inside garden when other green vegetables will not be accessible.

Fresh is Best
In recent times, I started thinking of other ways of adding to our onboard fresh fare. I researched a good number of vegetables to find which could be grown in a container. To be honest, we can't really have a garden on board our trawler. I created a simple technique to grow a few vegetables and have the ability to take our garden with us. A trip to Wal-Mart produced 3 plastic trays about 18"x28"x9" and a little gardening soil. The containers were filled with potting soil and planted with radish and lettuce seedlings. These vegetables were selected simply because they've got shallow root systems. Both the lettuce and radishes are growing well and we have already begun to reap some for our meals. Additionally, we now have a 5-gallon container that we are able to cultivate tomatoes or peppers in. Our garden is ready to cruise with us.

Mike Dickens, the author, is a live aboard boat owner and owner/Broker of Paradise Yachts in Florida USA.
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