Growing Your Own Sprouts

Growing Your Own Sprouts

Sprouts are easy to grow, a healthy addition to just about any meal, are excellent in a green smoothie, they are a super nutrient dense food rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and most important they’re delicious. They are also easier to digest than many other vegetables. Most sprouts are very easy to grow at home and kids often love to get involved – especially as the sprouting process is so quick so results can quickly be enjoyed (and consumed).

How

There are a multitude of ways to grow sprouts. A wide range of excellent purpose created sprouters are available – including self-water sprouters and small portable sprouters. Simply though all you really need to get started is:

  1. Glass jar, sterilized – ie run through the dishwasher, do not use commercial rinse aid – please! Sub with white vinegar if desired.
  2. Sprouting seed(s)
  3. “Sieve’ for the top of the jar ie sprouting jars are available with a screen top – like open weave fly screen. You could also use:- clean chux or nylon stocking – cut to size to cover the top of the jar with an over hang and place an elastic band around the rim to hold in place:
    •  Rinse seeds
    • Place a couple of tablespoons in the jar
    • Cover with filtered water – at least three times the volume of water soak for eight hours or overnight.
    • Place the screen or nylon over the top of the jar and secure with a band
    • Drain off the water. If desired give a rinse with fresh water
    • Place jar at an angle ie on your dish rack, so it can continue to drain for about 15 – 30 minutes minutes. It is very important to ensure excess water is drained away to avoid potential for mould – especially in summer.
    • If it helps to remember to care for your sprouts, have them in a visible site. Otherwise put them away in you food pantry. The do not need sun at this stage. In winter the pantry is also helpful to perhaps keep them a little warmer.
    • Repeat the rinsing process twice a day until seeds are sprouted and the size that you want
    • You can harvest the sprouts at anytime after the shoots appear and before the secondary leaves appear
    • Once the seeds have started to sprout, you can start to enjoy consuming them.
    • You can now move them (if you haven’t already), to an area of the kitchen where they may receive some dappled sunlight – not too much in direct sun or they may dehydrate and not be too happy.
    • Once they have sprouted to the degree you desire, simply place the container in the fridge and close the lid. ie replace the straining cloth with a lid to prevent dehydration.

Enjoy

Please Note: always ensure there is no mould. If mould does grow, please toss and start again. Summer the seeds will sprout far quicker than winter.

Each seed will have a different rate of sprouting, for this reason when you start sprouting it’s easiest to sprout one seed type per container.

Each seed has a different nutritional healing profile.

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