This will inform you about the fabulous practice I have recently started called sprouting. What is it? How is it done? Why would you want to do it? I will explain all of this and more. Read on!~
First of all it so much simpler than like 98% of the DIY projects I get roped into trying. This alone makes it a winner in my book!
Have you ever eaten any fresh sprouts; such as alfafa and bean sprouts? These are just the ones people seem to be the most familiar with. It is a way to grow your own sprouts such as these and many many more. AND it is so cheap, easy, and fast you won’t believe noone has shown you this before!
And no strange chemicals. And so good for you. Healthy and 100% organic!!! Yeah, I know whats in there!!! SPROUTS!!! Is there a down side??? I don’t think so! Read the whole thing through before you start and you will be ready!
People may tell you to get specialized equipment and follow charts and use special additives. Well I have had super success, and even on my very first try I got a great crop of beautiful red bean sprouts and lentil sprouts. I gotta tell ya even my super picky teen son ate one… and kept on asking for another and another. I was over the moon. Yeah!!! My first try!!!
Theres only about 3 or 4 steps, in my opinion that you should focus on. And other than that you just have to figure out how to sprout the ones you like best. What can you sprout in this manner? I think most dry nuts, beans, and seeds. Although I’m not positive. There are charts available all over the web. But again I would say it depends on how long you want to sprout them for the flavor you like. And different sprouts grow at different rates.
Honestly, I just jumped in… and never looked back.
- Get a clean Quart sized (at least) jar with a lid. If you dont have a Mason jar with a ring an old pickle or mayo jar will suffice. You will need something pourous to cover the jar opening yet still let air in. I have seen a piece of clean screening cut to size. I suppose I can just put pinholes through a Mason jar lid… I used a new paper dishcloth and just cut it to cover the opening and secured it closed with the ring. A layer or 2 of paper towels may work or plastic wrap or ziplock or wax paper with some pinholes for air. Did I mention cheap?
Find and wash and sort your dried beans, nuts, seeds, etc. Rinse them well and sort through removing any rocks or malformed or bad ones. Be sure to do this step, as they can contaminate the developing sprouts. I never got mold but I have heard several others did. Most take a few tablespoons full. I used 1 measuring cup of dried red beans for a full Quart of sprouts in 5 days. I also used a quarter of a cup of lentils on my first try, as I was assured they were fast and super easy. Also I had some.
Put the prepared sproutees into the clean Mason or other jar and cover completely plus 2 or 3 inches of water. Use your regular drinking water, it’s great!!! Put your lid on, again make sure the sproutees will be able to get and expel air… that’s what makes them grow. Soak sproutees overnight, 6 to 8 hours is normal. Yeah it is real hard to do… but hang on!
NOTE: Some people add things to the water here at this stage. I did not. However I may add a few tablespoons of lemon to the water in the future if I plan on sprouting things for several weeks. Just mainly to retard the growth of mold.
- In the morning, don’t remove the lid but just let the water sieve through it, pouring it out, and rinse the sproutees. Rinse several times to be sure they are well rinsed and re-saturated. Then drain the water all back out, leaving the jar with the sproutees, and no water. Place them propped on a downward angle till the evening, out of the sun.
I lied… theres 5 steps. Repeat step 4. Reprop until morning.
Again, I’m a liar. Repeat step 4 the next morning.
Why do you believe me? I said I am a liar. Step 4 in the evening.
Step 4 morning, step 4 evening.
Continue. You will see sprouts very quickly.
Final rinse after the sprouts are fully developed, leggy and fancy tails, and green new SPROUTS!!! Yes, you did it!!! I know, sweated that one!
And thats pretty much it! It costs like 1.50 for a pound of beans. How much is a cup? Maybe 25 cents? How much do alfalfa sprouts cost? UM… more than that. And the amount you get… A quart jar versus a small 4 oz. container… well, I’m over that!
So what do we do with our new sprouts??? Salads. Snackin. Stir fry… any other things that start with “s” seem to work for me… smoothies and soups and…..
There are some great charts and further tips, diy’s etc on my Pinterest boards
Next I want to try soybeans. I saw a great youtube video.