Tuesday, September 27, 2011

sprouting seeds, nuts, grains and legumes

I've taken up yet another culinary habit- sprouting our seeds, beans, legumes, grains and nuts. So far  we have successfully sprouted mung beans, chick peas, puy lentils, quinoa, sunflower seeds, broccoli seeds, chia seeds and wheat. Most of these are put into salads, soups or sandwiches for added taste, crunch and nutrition. The wheat will be ready tomorrow to bake my first loaf of sprouted bread.

Sprouting is very easy. All you need are the seeds, grains or legumes (it's best if they're organic as they are more likely to sprout if they haven't been treated with anything); a small glass jar; muslin or cheese cloth and a rubber band. Soak large nuts and beans for up to 24 hours. Then simply rinse the seeds in water and then drain immediately 3-5 times a day depending on the size of what you'e sprouting (more often the bigger the seed). Smaller seeds are often ready within 24 hours while larger legumes and nuts can take up to 3 days to sprout.

For a clearer step by step explanation this youtube video is very helpful.


Gaby said...

I've been meaning to do this ever since carlin explained how to at her yoga & vegetarianism course at the studio! But for some reason i'm totally intimidated, i think you've persuaded me though :)

Kimberly said...

I gave sprouting peanuts ago and ended up with some very mouldy, but sprouted, peanuts. Do you know what I might be doing wrong for them to go mouldy?

ecoMILF said...

I think if they are getting mouldy (which has also happened to me from time to time) it means they are not getting enough air (maybe too many sprouts in one jar), they are not being drained quite enough and/or they are not being rinsed enough.

Good luck next time and do try again! You'll kind of get a feel for it. I think some things mould more than others.

xo m.

charlotte said...

I'm a real fan of sprouting, I just love that earthy flavour. One of my favourites is raw grated beetroot and carrot with olive oil sunflower seeds, raisins and sprouts.

Mama G said...

I always go back and forth on this. I'll do it for a while then quit. I Get so nervous about accidentally giving my family food poisoning!

Louisa said...

Hi Megan :)
After reading this I'm just wondering if you were successful with making sprouted bread?

Meagan said...

Louisa- no I haven’t actually tried sprouting for bread yet - two reasons- I haven’t bought the wheat grain and I haven’t created a big enough sprouting surface to do it on. You have reminded me though... will write about it if I ever get around to trying it! Have you tried? xo Meagan.

Louisa said...

No, I haven't tried yet either. I'm definitely going to look into it a little more and see if I can give it a go! :)

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