Thursday, 29 March 2012

Kitchen Krafts - Sprouting

Growing Sprouts

Sprouts are finding their place in our world today as a new source of vitamins and minerals, which our full grown veggies no longer offer us in this day and age.

Here is a How-To-Guide so that you too can start to enjoying these refreshing, nourishing little bundles of wholesome nourishment.

Things you need to know about growing sprouts:
  • Most sprouts need to be rinsed twice daily.
  • Some sprouts can become quite slimy, rinsing them thoroughly will help with this, keep this in mind when making mixes, if I make mixes I grow all seeds separately and combine them when they are ready.
  • Sprouts do not like direct sunlight, but they do need air, so keep them in a container that is covered with a piece of gauze as this will help you rinse them easily, but keep them in the container.

You will need:
Seeds to sprout
Container to grow them in (either a glass jar or a container made to grow sprouts)
Gauze if you are using a bottle

Place a Tablespoon of seeds into a glass filled with filtered/spring water overnight to soak.


In the morning place your seeds in their container. They need to be damp but not wet.
If you are using a bottle, when you rinse the sprouts, allow the bottle to stand upside down for a while to aerate the seeds properly.
Depending on the seeds you chose, they should start to sprout within 2 – 3 days after starting.


Alfalfa seeds after 2 days. These will be ready to eat one or two days later.
Radish seeds after 2 days. These will need another 2 – 3 days before they are ready to consume.
If you find you make a whole batch of sprouts and can’t eat them all before they are plants, take them out of their container and place them in a tupperware container and pop them in the fridge. This way you can keep them about a week longer.
It is obviously better to eat them fresh so in this case less is definitely better, rather make no more than a tablespoon of seed at any given time. You can start a new batch of sprouts every 2 – 3 days and this way you will always have sprouts to snack on.

My girls love to eat the sprouts and always stare longingly at the containers till they are ready. I also love to add them to sandwiches, soups, stews……anything really, but if I am adding them to a cooked meal I generally add them right at the end, just before I dish up, otherwise you will lose all their properties before they get to the table.

I hope I have enticed you to start your sprouting experience as it is a really healthy snack for in-between.


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6 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I definitely want to try it.

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    1. Hi Erin Kate,

      Glad you do, it is so easy and makes a great snack.

      Thanks for your visit.

      x

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  2. I've been sprouting a lot of wheat berries lately and then cooking them in my rice cooker. They are yummy as breakfast with yogurt and brown sugar or fruit and also for dinner as a pilaf!

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    1. Hi Heather,

      That sounds really delicious, think I will be trying that out. Have you ever tried Essene Bread? I made it once, I didn't find it to be too great, my family liked it though. I want to try it again, but this time adding the ground sprouted wheat into a normal dough to give it a different consistency. I tasted some once from a health shop and it was amazing, so I have to fiddle till I get the right recipe for me!

      Thanks for your visit. Have a great weekend.

      x

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  3. I love this post! I've seen this before, but never knew that they are packed with more nutrition that full grown veggies- but this makes a lot of sense. I hope to try doing this this spring! And thanks for the blog follow:)

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      It's a pleasure! I am glad you want to try the sprouts, you can start to get really creative with mixes when you know how. They are so great for lunch boxes and for in-between!

      Thanks for popping around :-D

      x

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