Monday, August 20, 2012

What are Sprouting Seeds?

Seeds for sprouting purposes make essential supplies for survivalists' pantries, and keeping your seeds fresh causes no economic hardship because you can rotate these seeds and use them for everyday cooking. You need not fear waiting for crops to grow to get needed vitamins and nutrients should the unthinkable occur because sprouts grow in just a few days. By rotating your stock and adding sprouts to your diet, you can enjoy a more nutritious diet, eat them raw or cooked, and the variety allows you to compose fabulous dishes that look as good as they taste. The nutritional value of sprouts exceeds the vitamin profile of mature plants and vegetables, so you enjoy many advantages by adding sprouting seeds to your daily diet.

What is Sprouting?
Sprouting refers to germinating seeds into shoots, which you can easily do at home with minimal trouble. Sprouting allows you to enjoy fresh vegetables year-round, and you have enough choices to find flavors you really appreciate. Simply soaking seeds and allowing them to germinate in a covered glass jar or commercial sprouting device begins the miracle of renewed life. Seeds and young sprouts need regular rinsing to prevent them from turning sour, and you must consume them before leaves start to grow. Plants allowed to grow foliage become baby salad greens, and offer more food choices for committed survivalists.

You can sprout any viable seeds, but mishandling of seeds or the sprouting process causes bacterial growth, making sprouts unsafe for raw consumption. Sprouts from some plants have toxins that make them unfit for eating either raw or cooked. You cannot eat sprouts from members of the solanacae family such as tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, and eggplants. Manufacturers treat seeds intended for crops with chemicals, and some countries require heat-treatment of edible seeds, so consumers should choose seeds intended for sprouting purposes for safety.

How to Begin
Germination takes a few days at home, and you begin by rinsing seeds to remove any traces of soil or contaminants. Soak the seeds in water for the recommended time, which ranges from 20 minutes up to 12 hours. Soaking allows water to penetrate the seed husk and activate the baby plant. Some seeds only need moistening instead of soaking. After soaking, place seeds in a container; glass jars work well, and a simple colander works perfectly to sprout lentils. Commercial sprouters often have many levels that allow you to grow different sprouts in one convenient vessel.

  • Rinse sprouts two to four times daily, depending on seed type, climate, and seed-producer instructions.
  • Sprouts grow quickly, and you eat them in three to five days.
  • Refrigeration slows or halts the growing process until you can use your supply for regular meals.
  • Consider staggering your sprout choices because this technique allows you to keep a sustainable supply of each type.
  • You can sprout whole-grain oats, but dehulled grains will not sprout including oat groats sold in health-food stores.
  • Sunlight causes some sprouts to dry out if left in the sun too long. Sprouting seeds in the dark causes them to develop crisp textures and pale-white colors. People often sprout beans under darkened conditions for Asian stir-fry dishes.
  • You can apply pressure to sprouts by adding weights, which causes them to grow larger and crunchier.

Common Germination Problems
You might face the following problems when growing sprouts.

  • Failing to rinse and drain seeds properly or soaking them too long might cause seeds to sour.
  • Dirty sprouting vessels could cause bacterial growth.
  • Contaminated water supplies or insufficient airflow might make sprouts inedible.
  • Temperature recommendations vary for different sprout types, and you must remember to rinse sprouts as often as recommended.

Enjoy Astonishing Dietary Benefits

Sprout consumption has skyrocketed in popularity among consumers. More people choose vegetarian, vegan, raw foods, low-carb, and Paleo diets, and sprouts offer variety, good nutrition, and crunchy textures to meals.

Popular sprout choices include the following seeds:

  • Broccoli
  • Mustard greens
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Fenugreek
  • Green peas
  • Alfalfa
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Radishes
  • Soybeans
  • Green lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Mung beans

Sprouts have been staples of many cuisines and cultures for over 5000 years. One pound of seeds grow up to five pounds of sprouts, and they mature quickly to give your family sustenance. Children and adults can easily grow these plants, and survivalists can keep well-stocked pantries with seeds they can easily rotate to keep them fresh and viable.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Preparing for a Nuclear Disaster

It's hard to believe it could happen... but the reality is that a nuclear disaster could happen anywhere in the world at any moment. The good news is, if you are fully informed, you can be fully prepared for a nuclear disaster.

Below is a review of what you should do if a nuclear disaster strikes does and what you can do to prepare yourself and your family.

What to Do Immediately
It is advisable to practice this with your family several times a year to ensure you are prepared to work as a team for the best results.

  1. If advised by authorities of an imminent nuclear threat or radioactive exposure by plume or fallout, take Potassium Iodate KIO3 tablets which is a thyroid blocker and will help prevent radioactive damage to the thyroid. Ensure the entire family and any pets take the appropriate dose according to the directions on the label of the bottle.
  2. Close all the doors, windows, vents and open crevices leading to the outdoors. Anything that opens to the outside should be closed and covered. Work quickly. You must close off all the outside air space to the best of your ability. Pet owners should move pets inside the home with you. Any living creature outside will be irradiated by nuclear material.
  3. Turn off your air conditioning and all appliances that circulate external air into your home. If you do not, then the nuclear fallout from the outside could flow more easily into your home.
  4. Move your family into a room without any windows, preferable the nearest to the center of your home. A windowless bathroom is the best place. Babies can be bedded in the tub for extra protection. If you have a basement or bunker, stay away from any windows and stay against the walls. This will help limit exposure from "ground shine". You want to be in a secure room without access to the outside air.
  5. Listen to your local media via a portable television or radio that is battery-operated. Emergency personnel will be able to instruct you when it is safe to go back outside. If an EMP has destroyed your communications then be prepared to spend two weeks in your place of safety.

What You Can Do Ahead of Time

  1. Pack at least one emergency kit that is easily accessible. It is critical that your emergency kit contain Potassium Iodate KIO3 tablets which will help prevent radioactive damage to the thyroid. Likewise, pack an extra supply of any life sustaining prescription drugs so that you do not have to skip taking them. The kit should also be stocked with all of the essential items you might need to sustain a long-term situation without electricity, food, and water. Pack several flashlights, batteries, a battery-operated radio, head lamps, a first aid kit with plenty of bandages and skin disinfectant, and any other emergency supplies you need such as a supply of bottled water, and tightly sealed, non-perishable food for emergencies. Anything that you need to prepare food must be battery operated because you will very likely be without electricity.
  2. Pack extra sets of clothing and foundations in clothing storage containers so that you and your family can stay fresh and as clean as possible without access to showers.
  3. Pack hand sanitizer and wet wipes that you and your family can use to wash down your bodies and clean yourselves because you will not be able to use the water in your home.
  4. Pack pillows and mattresses or cots in a safe, clean space in your basement or windowless room so that your family can sleep and stay as comfortable as possible. By packing these items in an easy-accessible space in the room designated as the meeting room, you will have all the resources you need in one place and you may be less stressed because everything is accessible to you and your family.

Because the United States has nuclear power plants that are close to residential areas or that could effect residential areas within a certain number of miles of the plant and because there are world powers who have some nuclear capabilities at different stages, a nuclear disaster could happen in the United States and in other parts of the world at any time. While you cannot live in perpetual fear of a nuclear disaster, there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family should a nuclear disaster happen near you. Simply review this handy guide to review the preventative steps you can take and keep this tips in mind should a nuclear disaster ever take place near the area where you live.