First, I have been enjoying reading through every one’s response to the panel on nourishing food. Thank you for sharing your personal stories. If you haven’t checked out the panel on nourishing food yet, check it out! Four ladies have graciously agreed to share their stories with us over five weeks. And I would love to hear your story as well.
But now to the point of this post. I have been talking about sprouts lately. The benefits, some of the directions for specific sprouts and recipes (though admittedly I am a little sidetracked from our Nourishing Chocolate Recipe Carnival coming up next week!).
So far I have shared how to sprout in a mason jar with a screen insert. This is a very easy and frugal method, which works for a wide variety of sprouts.
But there is actually another frugal and easy method for sprouting larger sprouts, such as grains and legumes.
In fact, you probably already have the “equipment” for it in your kitchen. You will need a bowl, a colander, a small kitchen towel, and a plate, and that’s it! You are ready to sprout. This is how it’s done.
Basic Directions for Sprouting Using a Colander
Place the legume or grain you wish to sprout in a large bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak 8-12 hours (overnight works well). Then drain in your colander, and rinse very well (the water should run clear). Drain, and then place on your plate-to catch any drips-and cover with a kitchen towel. Now all you have to do is rinse and drain every 8-12 hours (think morning and evening). When I rinse, I gently shake the colander a bit to make sure that all of the beans are getting wet.
And then it’s just a matter of waiting until you see little sprouts. For both legumes and grains, you generally aren’t wanting the sprouts to get really big, as they taste better when the sprouts are small. So when you see the sprouts starting to shoot out, rinse one more time, and leave for another 8-12 hours to drain thoroughly (they should be dry to the touch). Then place in a mason jar or other container to keep in the fridge. And you are done!
Comparing the Mason Jar with Insert Method with the Colander Method
The mason jar with insert method allows you to sprout even small seeds (my next sprouting post will be about sprouting clover seeds using this method). A colander will only hold large seeds to sprout, such as legumes and grains. It’s also very easy to store, as it’s already in a mason jar. You just need to change the lid and pop it in the refrigerator.
However, the colander method will allow you to sprout large quantities very easily (helpful for larger families), and it is very easy to rinse as well. If you don’t want to have your colander in use for several days in a row, you could even invest in a colander specifically for sprouting.
I will be using both of these methods as I continue my sprouting journey!
How about you? Any of you used either of these methods, and with what sucesss?