A Little About Sew Grown
Hi friends! I’m Steffanie from Sew Grown. I’m so grateful to be guest blogging here at Zeal and Grace! Like Lauren, I have been on a quest to provide my family with the healthiest lifestyle possible. We homeschool, homestead and I’m passionate about growing our own food and using essential oils and herbal remedies for our everyday health and wellness. I hope my post on home sprouting made easy will inspire and equip you to start successfully sprouting your own seeds at home!
I am so excited to be sharing this post with you today! Sprouting is something that is near and dear to my heart. On my quest to grow our own food and feed myself and my family the healthiest foods possible I discovered the immense health benefits of sprouts. I started out by purchasing sprouts at the local health food store but they were expensive and would spoil quickly. I took the plunge into home sprouting and failed every single time. I had become an expert at growing mold and fruit flies. Yuk! I refused to give up however and I’m so glad I stuck it out and learned the trick to successful home sprouting. I am so pleased to share my method to make home sprouting easy.
Why You Should Sprout
Before we get into how to sprout it’s important to know why we should sprout. Sprouting makes nuts, seeds, beans and grains more nutritious. Sprouting turns the seed into a living food. This process increases the enzyme count, most importantly the enzyme phytase which helps the body to absorb vitamins more effectively. Sprouting also produces higher quality proteins, increases the amount of fiber content and increases the vitamin content. Sprouted foods are also more gentle on the digestive track and recently Dr. Axe wrote an article on how sprouting reduces the amount of anti-nutrients present in unsprouted nuts, seeds, beans and grains. Sprouts are also the simplest way to consume locally grown foods.
After discovering all of the healthful benefits of sprouting nuts, seeds, grains and beans, I was committed to sprouting at home!
How to sprout nuts, grains, seeds and beans
Sprouting nuts, grains, seeds and beans is very simple but the success requires follow through with one very important step. You must rinse your sprouts several times a day. The amount of time will vary based on the time of year and your location but more is always better. I choose to play it safe and rinse 4-5 times a day. This also prevents fruit flies by consistently washing away any fruit fly eggs and larvae.
Steps for Sprouting
The steps are the same for sprouting nuts, seeds, grains and beans. The only thing that changes is the amount of time you will allow for soaking and sprouting and the amount of time each takes to reach full germination. Veggie Wave has this great chart for several items you may want to sprout. I personally stick with things that require the same amount of time so I don’t need to worry about charts.
What you will need:
* Organic seeds (I used broccoli and radish seeds in the photos below).
* 32 oz glass Mason Jar
* Distilled or filtered water if possible.
* Sprouting jar lid (I prefer Spout Ease lids).
* Jar cradle or bowl for draining
Place 2 tablespoons small vegetable seeds into the 32oz Mason jar. Fill the jar half way with distilled or filtered water. Allow the seeds to soak for 6-8 hours.
You will need to put a towel under your cradle to catch any water drips or you can put it at the edge of the sink.
Drain and rinse your seeds with filtered water 3-4 times. This first rinsing is to help wash away the seed coat and thoroughly clean the soaked seeds. Use a sprouting lid with small enough holes that seeds will not escape but large enough for the seed coat to wash away if possible. Washing away the seed coat can be done after the seeds start to germinate and are larger if the holes in your lid are too small.
After rinsing with water drain the seeds with the spouting lid on until most of the water is gone from the inside of the jar. You will then want to place the jar at an angle inside a bowl or you can use a sprout jar cradle. This will allow any extra water to escape and will also allow air flow into the jar. I prefer a wide rim bowl if using a bowl so there is plenty of room for air flow.
Rinse and drain sprouts 4-5 times a day for as long as it takes for your sprouts to reach their optimal size. To rinse you will add filtered water to the jar with the lid on, swirl the water around the sprouts a few times and then drain. If you are sprouting with Sprout Ease Toppers, on day 3 your spouts will be large enough that you can switch the lid to the red lid which has the largest holes and rinse away any remaining seed coat. It may take a few washes to rinse them away and don’t worry if there are any left behind. They are harmless and tasteless. The ability to switch to a different size topper and rinse away the seed coat is the reason I choose to use Sprout Ease Toppers. I prefer to wash them away to avoid bacteria growth.
For most small vegetable seeds it will take 5-6 days, including your soaking time, for sprouts to fully germinate and fill the jar. Store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Sprouting Grains and Beans
To sprout grains and beans you will follow the same steps above. Grains and Beans have different soaking durations so it is best to reference the Veggie Wave guide or another reputable source to determine soaking standards. For wheat berries I soak 24 hours and for lentils I only soak for 6 hours. The sprouting duration is also much shorter for grains and beans. My standard sprout time for both lentils and wheat berries is 2 days. To dry grains and beans after they have been sprouted you can place them on a tray near a sunny window or use a dehydrator. Just a note of warning; over sprouted grains are hard to grind into flour. Just a small root formation is plenty when dealing with grains and beans.
To sprout grains and beans I recommend using a 1 quart glass Mason Jar so you have plenty of room for expansion. For wheat berries I use 2 cups berries in a 1 quart glass Mason jar. For lentils I use 1/2 cup. Beans will quadruple in size so leave plenty of room.
With nuts I follow a little different protocol. Some nuts are pasteurized and irradiated and will not fully sprout. I have found that just soaking nuts based on their recommended soaking time is the best method to use with nuts and helps to maintain the nuts original flavor and texture while still offering health benefits of decreased anti-nutrients and ease on the digestive track.
I hope this information will help inspire and equip you to home sprout with ease!
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