Now, I'd heard of these, but I've never seen nor eaten any, until today.
I also read that lentils are good for sprouts so I'm trying them as well. I have TONS of lentils in my prep storage. I really like the taste of lentils, and they cook much more quickly than other legumes (thus requiring less fuel to prepare).
This picture is of the two one-quart jars I'm using for the sprouts. Mung on the left, lentil on the right. They're in the soaking stage right now -
I was able to find the mung beans in the bulk section of my store. As I noted, I'd never seen them before. Here's what they look like - mung on the bottom, lentils on the top -
To me, they kind of look like #7 1/2 bird shot.... only they're green (DUDE, does EVERYTHING have to revolve around guns and gold?)!
I was given a tip in the comments section of the last sprout post to try the sprouts as they're growing. In this way, I can determine at which stage I like them the best. Sounds like good advice.
I'll try and post some pix of the progress as each of them starts sprouting.
When I was at the checkout stand at the store, the checker (an Asian lady) commented that mung beans are a large part of their diet. They supposedly cook up very quickly and can be combined with a lot of different foods.
She specifically mentioned pork and fish as her favorites. She also noted that they can be cooked with condensed milk. This was a bit difficult for me to envision. Beans for breakfast?! She said they're great.
They're a bit on the pricey side, costing a little over $2 a pound. I think I'll look for some preparation recipes and try some with some corned beef I have in the fridge. I don't see me having them instead of Coco Puffs, but you never know...
A glimmer of economic hope?
I was reading an article somewhere (sorry, I have no idea where I saw this) that was talking about the Japanese economy over the past 20 years.
It noted that their national debt is 2 times their GDP. The debt is also 20 times their annual tax intake.
When compared to the US, we're in much better shape. Our Debt to GDP ratio is now 1:1 and our Debt to Tax receipts (around $2.2 trillion) is a bit over 6:1.
Now, I don't think we'll ever be able to pay off this debt, but it gives me a glimmer of hope that we'll have a bit more time to squirrel away PMs and acquire additional tangible assets before everything goes belly up.
Japan has managed to limp along in a sort of economic haze for the past 20 years. Maybe we can eek out a few more before everything goes sideways on us.
Hey, a guy's got to have dreams, right?
Accept The Challenge
I've started doing the sprout thing because of the news we had that the Mexican and South American veggie crops were negatively impacted by weather. I haven't seen any horrible prices or shortages, but being a prepper for life, I figured I needed to gain the skills to get fresh veggies in case the winter crops from around the world stopped showing up at the store.
Plus, I've gotta tell ya, I like doing as much as I can from scratch. It just tastes better and I know exactly what's in it. No, it's not as easy as buying a bag-o-sprouts from the store, but then again, I'm certain
Hey, are you still putting food up? I still make it a habit of buying a bit of extra dry or canned food each and every time I go to the store. A bag of sugar, a few pounds of pasta, some instant pudding and a couple cans of spam were added yesterday.
It only sets you back a couple of extra bucks, but you're moving closer and closer to independence should things go sideways.
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