Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
~ Wolfgang Von Goethe
Want to see magic happen?
I’ve got just the thing. Did anyone try this salad from my last post? I was thrilled to hear that a few of you did, some of you plan to, and those of you who were waiting for the how-to on growing sprouts?
It’s here! Look no further.
Sprouting legumes is just about the safest and easiest darned thing you can do. It’s a bit like bread…set it up, leave it to sit in the right conditions, and watch live magic happen right before your eyes.
Those dried peas in your cupboard you are not sure what to do with? Sprout them. There are many things to sprout but none are as easy (IMHO) as dried peas & beans.
So let’s get started!
Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
~ Author Unknown
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
There are just a few things you will need to sprout beans at home.
Starting with dried beans (of course). Of course if any of you are accomplished at growing alfalfa or other seeds, I’d love to hear from you!
My favorites beans for sprouting are:
- Mung Beans
- Green Lentils
- Green Peas (whole dried ones are hard to find strangely but oh, so good and kids LOVE them).
These are all (except for the peas) easily acquired, and cost very little. Given the cost for the average amount you will work with, you will see just how far they actually go.
How’s that for further proof that eating well needn’t be expensive, and this, dear readers, is one of the best examples around! Not to mention delicious too
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
Less store-bought sprouted foods means more health for less cost. Less cooked beans and legumes means more of their vital live energy is in tact. Less high cost sources of protein means more money that goes farther, and less heavy bulky foods means more lightness and well-being too.
More living plant-based energy & live enzymes means more good feelings and good moods. More light crunchy textures means more satisfaction when eating them. More home-grown how-to means more skills where it matters, so good eating and good sense are easy, cheap, and pure amazing
Once you have your beans, you will need just three more things:
- a clean jar
- an elastic band
- a small piece of cheesecloth
Plus, of course, lots of clean water for soaking and rinsing, light through the kitchen window, a little air circulation, and your care and attention just twice a day.
Not bad hey?
But more on that later.
Super Nutritious Sprouts at Home for Pennies:
- (1/4-1/2 cup dried beans (mung beans are great to start with!)
- (1) clean mason jar (1 liter size if you can but small ones work too for smaller amounts)
- (1) piece of cheese cloth or plastic mesh, cut into a square the size of the jar opening
- (1) elastic band to secure the cheesecloth to the top of the jar
- Plenty of cold water for soaking & rinsing
Start by putting up the beans of your choice to soak for 8-16 hours in the jar you will use for sprouting (like most things they can languish for a while so don’t worry if you soak them too long). Use cold clean water to do this as the beans are going to absorb that water. You can leave the jar open on the counter and there is no need to cover it.
The soaking process starts the ‘waking’ process for the dried beans which are by nature designed to keep for long periods of time on their dry (dormant) state. This is a (very) beautiful thing, as they can really keep almost indefinitely in a sealed container if kept dry.
Once soaked, the fun really starts.
Using your piece of cheese cloth (no more than 2 layers as the water needs to drain easily, but you don’t want anything falling through the holes), secure it to the top of the jar and drain the soaking liquid.
Next, you rinse (get acquainted with rinsing).
Simply set the jar in the sink and run cold water through the beans several times, turning the upside down to drain the water between rinses. Here you will see whether you have the cheesecloth too layered as the water will drain slowly.
After a few clean rinses, your soaked and rinsed little bundles of life are ready to grow. Simply set the cheesecloth covered jar upside down, and on an angle, and rest it in your dish rack.
Sprouts need a few things to grow well: air & light (in addition to clean water). As most sinks are by a kitchen window, light is normally not an issue. If your kitchen has no window by the sink, you might consider propping the jar (in the dish rack or in a bowl on its side near a window in between rinses). The air comes from the holes in the cheesecloth
For the next two days, morning and night, repeat the rinsing process, taking care to rinse the beans in their entirety at least twice. After each time, set them to rest in your dish rack.
After two full days…you should have this….
Life in the form of a little sprout. Don’t they just make you smile?
Once ready, and you have little tails on your sprouts, rinse them a final time and transfer to a container and store in the fridge. These guys will keep well in the fridge (for up to a week).
If you try to sprout chickpeas, I might suggest rinsing 3 -4 times a day as they are larger and can dry out faster than the smaller varieties (this is not good for growing sprouts just like it’s not good for us). So keep them (and yourself!) fresh by watering them carefully and keeping them hydrated. Chickpeas might also take an extra day to sprout.
Enjoy sprouted beans in salads, tucked into avocado sandwiches, or as a snack for hungry kids who get home from school. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have a palate for mung beans when sprouted (pictured in this post).
Logic only gives man what he needs… Magic gives him what he wants.
~ Tom Robbins
If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds.
~ Dr Wayne Dyer
I could really go on about sprouts, as I grew up eating them. My mom always had a jar of alfalfa sprouts growing in our sink as kids in the winter time. Sprouts are believed to contain a much higher level of enzymes, making them much more digestible than their cooked counterparts.
After all, sprouts are vital foods that contain enough life force to grow into a plant.
But I’ll let you be the judge of that
Thank you to all of you wished me well after my little vehicle mishap last week..I’m driving a giant courtesy car this week which is demanding my full attention You all made my weekend wonderful!
Looking forward to getting my little car back on the road, all shiny & new!
- Are any of you home sprouters?
- Anything special you are looking forward to right now?
Let us know, and wishing everyone a wonderful week!
Yours in Less,