Testing Out Sprouting Seed Viability

One thing that we have to pay attention to here on our homestead is seed viability. After a few years of holding onto those seed packets, the germination rate in our garden begins to plummet. And so we generally only keep seed around for a year or two at the most, depending on our ability to keep it cool and dry.

Sprouting seeds are no different. After exposure to certain elements and when enough time has passed since the original seed harvest, these seeds begin to lose their livelihood, eventually refusing to sprout under any conditions.

And so when I recently came across a mix of sprouting seeds that we’ve had for literally 4-5 years, I figured things could be a bit hit or miss when it came to their ability to sprout. I also knew that I had a good use for them, even if it wasn’t in our salad.

Here’s what happened…


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Warm Blue Cheese Dip

blue cheese dressing

This warm dip is amazing with natural baked corn chips or still-sizzling, coarsely-salted sunchoke or potato chips. You can also spice this recipe up by adding freshly chopped basil or rosemary. It is a great appetizer idea and can be made with sour cream instead of yogurt, for a sharper cultured taste and a richer… 

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Tempeh Soy Curls

Soy Curl Fajitas

If you’ve never experienced the delicacy that is Soy Curls™ , you’re missing out. Quite often I avoid soy that has not been fermented, but the taste and texture of well prepared Soy Curls™ can be exquisite. Created in Oregon, Soy Curls™ are great in many recipes and according to their website they are:

Homebrewing Books: The Beer Edition – A Good Place to Start

Homebrewing Books

Are you wondering how to get started with homebrewing? Check out these new beer, wine, and cider making books at Cultures for Health.  Today we will take a look at two beer making books.

Weekly Recap – November 7th Edition

blog gathering

It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!