DATE: CATEGORY:Chef Tips

The 411 in Sprouting

Sprouts provide a concentrated source of nutrients and are fairly simple to make.

Spouts

What you’ll need:

  • Seeds (grains, beans, nuts) – see sprouting chart for amounts
  • Water to soak and cover
  • And time, as the seeds need to be soaked over several hours.

Seed Chart – Click on the image to enlarge.

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Chart provided by Soul Kandy

How to Prep:

1. If you have something specifically designed for sprouting, use it. If not, you can also sprout in a wide-mouth glass jar with a piece of mesh or cheesecloth stretched over the mouth, secured with a rubber band.

2. Soak seeds in water, in a jar, as described above at room temperature — time dependent on the seed.

3. After the recommended time, drain and discard the water. Set the jar upside down in a bowl or a dish drainer. The important thing is that the jar rests safely above wherever the water drains through the mesh or cheesecloth. If the seeds sit in water they will rot rather than germinate.

4. Rinse the sprouts with fresh water at least twice a day, in the morning and evening. In hot weather, rinse more often. The aim is to keep the sprouts from drying out or molding. Sprouting will take 2-3 days.

5. You’ll know the seeds have germinated when you see little tails emerging from them. Use them within 2-3 days of germination for maximum sweetness. Be sure to keep rinsing the sprouts at least twice a day as you consume them.

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