Add a little life to your meals with sprouts

An easy guide to sprouting at home

Have you ever wanted to try growing your own food, but just can’t find the time?  Sprouting is simple, fast, has great health benefits and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

How Long Does Sprouting Take?‚Ä®

Quinoa sprouts can take less than a day and only a few minutes of your time. They will be ready by dinner time and can used in all the many ways you use regular cooked quinoa.   

Other sprouts such as garbanzo beans and rice can take multiple days and require more work (and should not be forgotten in a dark oven for a few extra days or they can mold.  Yes, that is the voice of experience)

The Main Health Benefit of Sprouting‚Ä®

Sprouting is often used to increase the digestibility of seed and grains. Plus, when we sprout foods, their nutrients become more bio-available. 

From your mouth all the way through your digestive tract, enzymes are breaking down your food and delivering nutrient to your cells. Sprouts have an abundance of enzymes to help predigest the food before it gets to the intestines, making your body much happier. 

Phytic acid is a coating found on many seeds and grains that stop your body from absorbing important nutrients and minerals. Sprouting can deactivate phytic acid so you can get more nutrition from your nutritious food.

How to Get Started Sprouting

There are many ways you can sprout from home. You may find the easiest method to be the glass jar. Glass jars are less likely to get moldy, easy to clean, and even easier to use. The steps are about the same no matter what you are sprouting.  

  • Buy a wide mouthed glass jar and make/purchase a screen top  
  • Add seeds and soak in water
  • Strain water and rinse seeds two-three times per day
  • Store in dark place (no direct sunlight allowed because it starts to cook the seeds)

Sprouting Methods and Containers

Certain sprouts will do better with specific sprouting methods. Other methods of sprouting include a damp cloth, sprouting bag, tray, clay saucer, or commercial sprouting machine. 

If you do the cloth method, try to use an undied, natural fiber cloth and lay the cloth on a flat surface making sure to cover the seeds on the top and bottom with the full cloth.  Buckwheat and almonds do really good with the cloth method.

Trays are great to grow greens but harder if you don't have a way to drain out excess fluids.  If you are a handy man or woman, make a craft project out of it and share your design with us!

Mucilaginous seeds such as chia and flax are amazing for our bodies but hard to sprout.   They need to be sprouted in a clay saucer.  You can get these from any store that carries clay planters.

With the big picture of the sprouting world in mind, just have fun!  Play with your sprouting methods to find what works best for you.  Be sure to follow the guidelines for seed specific soaking times and rinsing, because all seeds are different. 

As you begin to eat your sprouts you will notice that they have different tastes at different ages. It is also recommended that you lightly steam bean sprouts to kill off some potential toxins before you ingest them. The general rule of thumb is to let the sprout grow to about the length of the seed.  Let us know what you find out!

If you like this blog post, then you’ll love Lesson 20 of The Vegan / Vegetarian Mastery Program. It’s the definitive guide to sprouting, and it’s written by Steve Meyerowitz, “The Sproutman”. It includes a table showing you how to sprout 34 types of seeds, beans, and grains.

 It also includes recipes like Sprouted Wheat Nuts, Sprouted Sweet Green Peas, and Sprout Root Salad, and Sprout Vegetable Soup.

Below, we’ve included a simple guide to a few of our favorite sprouts.  Once you have tried them out, let us know what’s working for you.

4 Comment(s)

  1. when I sprout I get so many fruit flies.  what can I do?  I can't enjoy sprouting with all the flies it attracts.

    Linda | Reply

  2. I've been wanting to 'sprout'.  Thanks for the info to get me started.  I appreciate it!

    Janice | Reply

  3. If you use the net on the jar, do you have to sterilize the net first?   As you can tell I know absolutely nothing about this and have never tried it.  Is the bean sprout the only one you have to steam so you don't ingest toxins?  Do you have to get sick before you realize you did something wrong?

    pamela halford | Reply

  4. You have not mentioned the temp at soaking time as the weather changes

    rajesh grover | Reply

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