I used to be afraid of sprouting. It’s supposed to be good for you – eating all those really alive, nutrient-rich sprouts. But it always seemed like it would be hard work because you have to keep rinsing the sprouts as they grow.
My first foray into sprouting was with sunflower seeds and buckwheat because I could sprout those particular seeds like everything else I grow … in soil. See my posting here about how to handle those seeds.
Well, I’ve played with sprouting lentils twice now, and I think I can safely say that it’s Super Easy and even if you “mess it up” those little sprouts will still find a way to grow. 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need to do this:
- Mason Jar or some other kind of glass bottle with a wide mouth top. (you might be able to do this with a colander/strainer over a bowl too, I just haven’t tried that yet)
- Cheesecloth and a rubber band to cover the top of the jar
- A bowl or area of the sink where you can tip the jar into it and leave it there to gently drain all day
- 1/2 Cup or less of lentils or some other sprouting seed
And here are the steps for sprouting:
- Put the seeds in the jar and fill with pure water (filtered, not tap). Let the seeds soak in the water overnight.
- Cover the jar with the cheesecloth and drain the seeds fully, then rinse and drain again. Set the jar in your bowl or sing with the cheesecloth end pointing down so that the seeds can gently drain throughout the day.
- Rinse and drain the seeds 3x a day. Morning, evening and night are great (like before work, getting home from work and before going to bed).
GREAT NEWS: You don’t have to be exact about how often you rinse the seeds. I forgot several times and rinsed them maybe once or twice a day at irregular times and they still grew.
- By the 4th or 5th day for lentils you’ll have sprouted tails long enough that you can eat the sprouts (bean/seed end and all)
Note that different seeds will need different amounts of time for sprouting … look for the instructions on the sprouting seeds you bought or just assume that if you’re seeing green on the end of the sprouted tail they’re definitely ready to eat)
- Once they’ve reached their maturity (like day 5 or 6 for lentils) you can take them out of the jar and keep them refrigerated to stop them from growing. No need to keep rinsing them at this point – just give them a quick rinse before you use them.