It sounds like I have some fellow sprout enthusiasts from my last post, Why Sprout. Great! I am so glad since I do plan on sharing my sprouting adventures and the recipes I create along the way. I also will be sharing some other easy (and frugal) methods for sprouting and some resource options as well.
Meanwhile, I wanted to share a few pictures and explain the basics of how I sprouted my brown lentils (with a recipe using them soon to follow). Lentils are extremely easy to sprout, so they are a great choice for first timers.
Directions for Sprouting Brown Lentils (Using a Mason Jar and Screen Insert)
Basic Directions: Soak lentils 8-12 hours in ample water. Rinse and drain thoroughly after the initial soaking period. Every 8-12 hours after wards, rinse and drain until lentils sprout. Most people enjoy lentils sprouted small.
(You can also start soaking in the morning, and then start the rinse and drain process that evening.)
In the evening, put two cups of brown lentils in a half gallon mason jar. Fill completely with water, and screw on the screen insert. Leave out on the counter overnight.
In the morning, you will find that the lentils will have swollen considerably.
Drain through the screen into your sink.
Rinse very well with water (I use purified water) once again through the screen. You want the water to drain clear. Drain well over the sink, and then put screen side down in a bowl, or other container which allows the glass jar to remain at an angle. This allows the lentils to continue to drain with good air circulation.
That evening rinse and drain again.
The next morning, you may start to see sprouts, like I did.
You can stop at this point (many people like legumes sprouted just a little bit, as they taste sweetest then, but it’s a personal preference call). If you don’t see any sprouts yet, rinse and drain again and check again in the evening.
I decided to go ahead and sprout a bit longer, and on the third morning, my sprouts looked like this.
I did not rinse again, as that will make them too wet to store well. Instead, I simply made sure they were dry to the touch and took out the screen and replaced it with the normal jar lid. This was then placed in the fridge. Feel free to experiment, if you like, by sprouting even longer. You can even eventually get your lentils to grow tiny leaves (this takes about a week). Though you will probably be happiest with a very small sprout, about 1/4 inch long.
These can now be steamed and enjoyed on salads, cooked in soups or casseroles etc. Stay tuned for a recipe idea using sprouted lentils!
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