Friday, October 12, 2012

Sprout it Yourself



There are several ways to prepare your food and different benefits to each style. One you may have heard of is Sprouting, and here is the a-z on how to you can do this yourself and maximize the amount of nutrients you put in to your body!

Sprouts represent the point of greatest vitality in the life cycle of a plant. During sprouting, vitamin and enzyme content increases dramatically. The sprouting process predigests the nutrients of the seed, legume or grain, making it easier to assimilate and metabolize.

How to make sprouts!

Use one part seed to at least three parts purified water, and soak in a wide-mouth jar. All measurements below yield one quart of ready sprouts. Sprouts can be grown in larger quantities if larger jars are used.

Seed
Soak Time
Days to Sprout
2 tbsp alfalfa or red clover
6 hours
5-6 days
¼ cup radish or mustard
6 hours
5-6 days
¼ cup lentil or fenugreek
8 hours
3 days
½ cup mung beans
8 hours
3-5 days
1 cup wheat rye or oats
12 hours
3 days
1 cup aduki, garbanzo, soy or other legumes or grains
12 hours
3-5 days
2 cups sunflowers seeds
12 hours
2 days


  • cover the mouth of the jar with a plastic sprouting screen, cheesecloth or window screening and secure with a rubberband
  • after soaking seeds, drain well, invert and keep warm (65 F) dark place - they can be covered with a cloth or bag. sprouting time increases with more light and cooler conditions
  • rinse twice daily, ideally morning and evening. Keep jar tilted mouth down for better drainage. Thorough rinsing and draining improves sprout flavour.
  • after 3 days place alfalfa, red clover, radish and mustard sprouts in a cool place with indirect sunlight to induce chlorophyll. Continue rinsing twice daily until sprouts are ready.
  • remove hulls from alfalfa and radish sprouts since they can easily rot. To remove  the loose hulls, place them in a large bowl of water and agitate them gently. This will loosen them and you can easily brush them aside. Gently reach under the sprouts and lift them out of the water without disturbing sunken hulls. 
  • Drain the sprouts well
  • They will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week in a covered jar. 
Share the love, save the sprout rinse water for cooking, animals or plants!

Happy Sprouting :) 





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