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Sprouting Grains

By SongofJoy
November 18, 2011

Sprouting seeds for eating is easy, interesting, and extremely nutritious.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 17, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Thank you Tee but I have to tell you - I'm somewhat of a juicer myself. As for the wheatgrass, I didn't think you could juice it. I thought you had to use one of those old fashioned hand grinders that our mothers used when they were making ham salad back in the 50's Whistling

Seed sprouting is SO HEALTHY! Hurray! Hurray!
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Ridesredmule
Nov 17, 2011 7:26 PM CST
Good job . I can't think of any articles to write.
You go girl.... Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Group hug
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Onewish1
Nov 17, 2011 8:09 PM CST
I always wanted to try sprouts.. you might have pushed me closer
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Samigal
Nov 17, 2011 9:23 PM CST
I loved to grow my own alfalfa sprouts, time to get back to it. Many years ago my step-daughter gave me a sprouitng container made by corning and I used it all the time. Now I'm wondering why I stopped. Put a handful of them in a sandwich and enjoy.
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Bubbles
Nov 17, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Oh, this sounds like a fun project for winter! Loved it!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 18, 2011 5:25 AM CST
You could be right about the hand grinder, Vic, I may have forgotten that part ... or put it out of my memory.

Thanks, Charleen.

Go for it, Allison. Hurray!

I wonder if Corning still makes that container, Pegi? I never had one of those but I'm going to check it out.

Thanks, Sandi. It's 25º here this morning. Winter projects welcome. Glare
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KyWoods
Nov 18, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Sounds like fun! Thanks for the ideas and the cute pics. Love the chia pets!
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sheryl
Nov 18, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Took me a minute to figure out what that Chia pet really was, lol!

Okay, you *promise* that they taste better than the stuff on the salad bars? I could never figure out what the allure was.
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sheryl
Nov 18, 2011 9:54 AM CST
BTW, where do you purchase your sprouting seeds? And have you ever tried Quinoa? I have noticed that they sprout very easily from the bags I've bought at Costco.
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SongofJoy
Nov 18, 2011 9:55 AM CST
You're welcome, KyW. Chia pets are cute even when they are planted with wheatgrass. Big Grin
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SongofJoy
Nov 18, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Oops, cross-posted.

LOL, Sheryl ... OK, I promise they taste better than a salad bar.

Since I've moved here, I order a lot of my sprouting seeds, grains, and legumes from The Sprout House through Amazon.com. Sproutpeople.com also has a large selection online as well as some cool sprouting equipment.
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sheryl
Nov 18, 2011 10:01 AM CST
Great, thanks!
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valleylynn
Nov 18, 2011 3:25 PM CST
Loved your article Tee. I have done sprouts off and on over the years. No sure why I don't do it all the time since I love the taste and crunch.

Loved Sheryl's question about the Quinoa, I use that grain a lot in cooking? I looked it up.

Put 2/3 Cup of seed* into a bowl or into your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 20-30 minutes.

Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.

Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
and Drain thoroughly.

Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.

Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
And, perhaps once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.

We usually stop here. We like our sprouts small.

Note: Quinoa can be sprouted quite a bit longer but it's texture changes profoundly, going from a soft crunchy sprout to a very soft sprout. If you sprout it long you'll have to use it soon as it won't keep well.

Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for several days. However - we prefer to sprout only to the point where most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/4 inch) roots, which is typically after just 2 or 3 Rinse and Drain cycles.

Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.

The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.

Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.

Note: Quinoa - when sprouted very short - can make it in refrigeration for up to 2 weeks but if you can use 'em fresher we think you'll like them better.
http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/quinoa.html

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SongofJoy
Nov 18, 2011 3:31 PM CST
Thanks for posting that, Lynn. I spaced the question from Sheryl. I use organic Quinoa all the time as a cooked grain too. It's wonderful. You do learn after awhile the best length of time to harvest "crunchy" sprouts. That's the way I like them. Soft sprouts don't do it for me. Big Grin
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valleylynn
Nov 18, 2011 5:14 PM CST
I also prefer them crunchy and the flavor also seems better to me when crunchy.
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KyWoods
Nov 18, 2011 5:22 PM CST
Today I saw one of those Aerogardens at the Salvation Army store. It was $50, and I know they're about $100 new. It would be perfect for sprouts, wouldn't it? I promised myself that I'd get it if it were still there next time I go... Sticking tongue out
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 18, 2011 8:02 PM CST
Tee, I had so much fun reading your article that I forgot it was supposed to make us think. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Seriously, great information & thank you for going to all the trouble of writing it in a wonderfully easy to understand manner as well as entertaining us to the max.!
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sheryl
Nov 18, 2011 10:08 PM CST
Great, Lynn, thanks!!!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 19, 2011 4:28 AM CST
KyW, the sprouts need to germinate in the dark. A simple sprouter is really all you need. Big Grin Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Nov 19, 2011 4:39 AM CST
Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Makes me think we're about the same age. Big Grin I wanted to have fun with it because it's a fun thing to do ... for young and old alike. A serious project with lots of health benefits to boot. And you can't get more "green" than sprouting. Smiling


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