How to Sprout

Okay. So, not long ago I posted about how much I love sprouts. It hasn’t abated. At all. I think this is real love. Not some kinda floozy three week affair. Sprouts are here to stay.

So I thought I would share with you all just how easy it is to have your own sprouts going. You can make as many or as few as you like. But the general idea is to constantly have them on the go. They really are a welcome addition to pretty much any meal. (For example, I just had a chicken wrap and threw some in. Chilli sauce and sprouts are friends. Trust me.)

To get started you need to choose your type of sprouts (I chose Mung Beans) and your sprouter. Make sure your seeds/beans are organic. These ones were only, like $2 more than non-organic and they literally have already lasted me months. It’s worth the cost.

As for the sprouter, here I have a store bought sprouter in the bottom right and a home-made sprouter in the top left. We’ll go with the store bought one because it’s bigger. (I’ll post something later about how to make your own sprouter.)

Tiny_Green_Hands_Sprouter_TypeSo, for this size sprouter I’ll use about a tablespoon worth of beans. This will vary depending on the type of beans/seeds you use. Just remember the bigger they are the more space they’ll need.

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Next you need to rinse them in water. Depending on the seeds/beans it’s not a bad idea to soak them to “activate” them. I normally do this for about 3-4 hours, but with my mung beans I’ve skipped it altogether and been fine. And then all you need to do is rinse them twice a day in water, drain them and they’ll grow. Seriously, that’s it. After 24 hours they’ll look pretty much the same, but a tiny white tail-like root will be slightly apparent.

Tiny_Green_Hands_Sprouts_24_HoursAfter 48 hours you’ll really see the tail:

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After 72 hours the tails are well and truly there and they’re starting to look like sprouts! (This is where I start getting excited…)

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After 96 hours (4 days) the tails are looking good and they’re starting to hull themselves (their outer shell falls off). Around this stage I start removing the discarded hulls as they are uneeded.

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At 120 hours (5 days) they’re well and truly sprouts. From here you have many options. You can eat them, shell them, or let them keep doing their thing. I normally shell them (break the beans off to let the little leaf buds get some light and turn green), but it just depends on how they’re feeling.

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The beans should break easily off. If you have to force them then leave them another day. It’s not worth breaking the stems just to get the beans off.

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Once you’ve broken off the beans (if you choose to, that is), continue to water twice a day and leave them in a spot where they’ll get a little sunlight (but not too much). They’ll turn nicely green and be perfect for eating!

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Tiny Change For the Day: Grow some sprouts!

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