Sprouts are really really healthy, and also easy to make. But you must pay also attention on them while making them. It’s fun you can do it every moment of the year, making your own little green ‘garden’ in home, sprouts are super food!! We made in front of the window some shelves for it, so they are always in the light (especially on the end of sprouting it’s nice to put some light on, it’s not necessary anyway) but not in the full sun! Only legumes sprouts maybe will get bitter so they can be out of some light
What you need!
some clean jars
some seeds for sprouting
cheese cloth with medium holes in it, so the seeds cannot come through
some elastics to stick the cheese cloth on the jar
So how to start!?
get some seeds for sprouting like rocket, broccoli, alfalfa, lentils, munge beans other kind of beans wheat, barley, peas, fenugreek or chickpeas. (a lot of time you see seeds in the organic shop) Some water and a jar ( I always use old jars from maybe jam or old bouillon powder jar so be creative)
Put in a jar some seeds maybe 2 teaspoons it depend how much you want (remember they grow bigger then the seeds, maybe 6 times bigger so take a jar what is big enough), now you poor in the water till they are totally under water. On top you put the cheese cloth and stick it with the elastic on the jar
Let stand this for 12 hours dark or light!
Lets begin to make them your baby! After the 12 hours you drain out the water! Poor some new in, shake a little for cleaning the seeds) and poor out the water again.(till the water isn’t dirty anymore…do this 3 times a day , if the water isn’t getting out quickly you can stand them upside down while the water is getting out slowly. And again give them some sunlight and put them in the window
When are they finished?
They are finished when they are like 3 cm long, (some seeds take longer to grow then others, like leek for example take weeks) you can eat them also when they are bigger, but remember the bigger they grew the less vitamins are in the sprout. Imagine the have a lot of energy when they are little they need it for growing, so they have also a lot of vitamins in them to get bigger!
You can save them in a refrigerator for I think 3 days anyway you will smell it when it’s getting old.
Have fun with making sprouts, oh and before I forget, sprouts like cress you can just put it on a paper kitchen towel (you don’t east the seeds but cut them off from the seeds) on a plate or something else and beware they always have a moist paper kitchen towel and that it isn’t screaming for water. Wait also a couple of days!
alfalfa,clover,lentils, chickpeas,peas, mungbeans (green), azukibeans (red), marrowfatbeans, flageoletbeans, wheat, kamut, quinoa, red cabbage, white cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, radish, turnips, horseradish, onion, leek,chive, fenugreek, coriander, dill, fennel, anise, caraway, basil, sunflower seed and pumpkin seeds.*
sprouting on paper:
garden cress, rocket,broccoli, turnips, radish, red and white cabbage, horseradish, mustard, basil and shiso*
*jar-sprouting and sprouting on paper I found in the book:
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