Sprouting is really easy. I mean it’s super easy. The best part is that you don’t need any fancy tools to sprout. All you need is a large jar, cheesecloth, a decent rubber band and a trusty guide for soaking time and sprouting days. I like the one in The Raw Food Book
It’s pretty easy to follow and doesn’t have too many crazy things to sprout.
So this week I am sprouting alfalfa sprouts in one jar and a mix of green peas and French green lentils in an other. I chose the pea and lentil mix because they both have the same amount of sprout days.
Determine your quantities
1 TBSP Alfalfa = 1 CUP Alfalfa Sprouts
1 CUP Green Peas = 2 CUP Pea Sprouts
1 CUP Lentils = 2 CUP Lentil Sprouts
I used 2 tbsp of Alfalfa and a half cup each of the peas and lentils
Cover your jars
Cut a double swath of cheesecloth large enough to cover the mouth of the jar. Hold it in place with a rubber band
Soak your seeds – yes everything you soak is a seed!
Alfalfa = 4 – 6 hours
Green Peas = 10 – 12 hours
Lentils = 6 – 8 hours
Sometimes I follow the soak times and sometimes I just let them go overnight. This week I let them go overnight.
Wash & Rinse
This is why you cover the mouth of the jar with the cheesecloth. Rinse the seeds with fresh clean water then place in a bowl at about 45 degree angle. You want them to drain to prevent them from getting moldy. You need to do this at least twice a day. Each seed takes a different amount of time to sprout.
Alfalfa = 5 days
Green Peas = 2 – 3 days
Lentils = 2 – 3 days
Once your sprouts have reached your desired sproutiness you can enjoy in a salad, a sandwich, soup or on their own with a little lemon juice. I’ve heard of people having them in their smoothies.
I guarantee that once you have homemade sprouts you won’t want to spend your hard earned cash on expensive sprouts. Especially not when they are so easy to grow at home.
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