Saturday, March 19, 2005

Sprouting 101 -- Nutrition

Oooh..fancy title!

Here we have it, my version of sprouting. =)

Lets take a look at what we've got:

Above, we see a couple jars, and containers for them. For materials for sprouting, i suggest the following:

  • large, wide-mouthed jar (Adam's peanut butter jars are perfect, wide mouth makes getting sprouts out much easier)
  • window screening (the mesh stuff on porch doors, get it from hardware stores, be sure to wash thoroughly before using, seems to come covered in some weird oil)
  • elastic bands (i like the ones that come on broccoli)
  • drainage containers (recognize the Earth Balance margerine containers?)

Once you have the following, as well as some beans or seeds to sprout, you're ready to create life in your kitchen!

First, fill up the jar so you can't see the bottom when looking down. (You'll figure out what's good for you, but this is a good place to start.)

Next you'll want to fill the jar about 1/3rd of the way with water, make sure it covers all the seeds/beans with an extra inch or two. They'll expand quite a bit!

Leave it like this for 12-24hrs. If handy, empty and refill water once. Not necessary however.

After 24hrs, you'll want to drain out the water.....

....and then rinse the seeds/beans. You'll want to do this several times.

Once well-rinsed, use your container to allow the jar to sit on an angle to allow the extra water to drip out.

This is where things get a little busy - you'll want to rinse your sproutlings twice a day. I usually do this in the morning, and in the evening around dinnertime. Each time you rinse them, rinse several times, then leave to drain.

They say a cool, dark place is the best place for storing your sprouts. If you have room in a cupboard, that might be a good spot (as long as you won't forget about them!) I use a corner on the counter, seems to work fine!

After several days, you've hit paydirt!

Yummy, healthy sprouts waiting to be eaten!

I use a plastic container with holes and room for air to pass, otherwise they get mushy. Should last 3-5 days in the fridge, tho best to eat sooner than later.

Sprouts are an important part of my diet, so i've always got a couple jars on the go. In the pantry i keep all my sprouting seeds and beans together, and pre-mix my bean mix in a jar for quick and easy distribution.

When sprouting, best to keep the beans and seeds separate.

Some seeds and beans i like:

Beans (take 3-5 days to sprout)

  • mung beans
  • green lentils (other lentils are usually split and won't sprout)
  • red aduki beans
  • green peas (very yummy!)
  • chickpeas

Seeds (take 4-7 days to sprout)

  • broccoli seeds
  • red clover seeds
  • alfalfa seeds

A few other general tips:

  • don't try to sprout kidney beans, there is a toxic substance in them that needs to be neutralized with cooking. Most other beans are fine however.
  • alfalfa sprout shells are toxic, rinse in a large bowl of water when done to get rid of these (they float and sink, so easy to eliminate)



At Sunday, March 20, 2005 10:23:00 AM, Blogger Jennifershmoo said...

Very nifty! So...what do you do with the bean sprouts once they are sprouted, eat them raw or cook them? Do you put dressing on them?

At Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Dave Noisy said...

Good question Jennifer!

Mostly, i add them to salad, or just eat a small pile with my meal (very nice with flax oil and Braggs.)

You could also steam the bean sprouts *very lightly*, but i prefer them raw...i have a friend who does tho, just depends on your tastes. =)

At Tuesday, March 22, 2005 6:18:00 PM, Anonymous dagdasamildanc said...

Coolio... I always wondered how they do that... since I'm on a budget here in college, that definitely makes things cheaper for me than buying sprouts :)

At Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:55:00 PM, Blogger Dave Noisy said...

For sure, sprouts are very cheap if you do them yourself. Very easy too. Lemme know how it goes!

At Friday, October 07, 2005 2:48:00 PM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Dave thank you very much for the tip . I was browsing the web when I came upon your very helpful webpage.
Can you only feed yourself with sprouts?
I mean no meat or yogurt or egg?

Thank you

At Sunday, October 09, 2005 8:32:00 AM, Blogger rohitunderhill said...

Andrew- vegan means no animal products :)

Thanks for the great sprouting howto Dave.
I just started a batch (using a ripped up old t-shirt instead of a window screen until I can go to the store). How many days will it take until I get sprouts like yours?

Btw- Does this method work for flax seeds?


Rohit the rabid vegan biker

At Monday, October 10, 2005 10:31:00 PM, Blogger Dave Noisy said...

Andrew - i eat much more than sprouts! No eggs or any animal products at all.

Rohit - they usually take 4-6 days.

Flax seeds can be done, but they're really tricky, since they slime-up...take a lot of rinsing, etc.. I would say don't bother, stick with the ground flax...

At Sunday, December 18, 2005 9:48:00 AM, Blogger Isil S. said...

I have tried spouting a few times ,it didn't work.I don't know where I went wrong. I'll try your instructions soon. Thanks for sharing.Once I try I'll drop back again.

At Saturday, April 08, 2006 6:54:00 AM, Anonymous lee said...

i just stumbled onto your site, but this was a great spouting 101. Awesome thanks!!!

At Wednesday, June 21, 2006 8:08:00 PM, Anonymous Connie said...

Wow! That sounds fun! Now I want to do it just for the sake of doing it. Do the beans/seeds have to be fresh? I get some soup/chilli mixes so could i use those beans in there? I don't know if they did anything with them.

At Wednesday, March 21, 2007 4:17:00 PM, Blogger ray said...


i've tried your way and it worked very well :), so thank you

At Friday, April 06, 2007 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where would you recommend us buying the seeds from? Is there any preferred websites or possibly a way to obtain them from vegetables at the grocery store?

At Saturday, May 26, 2007 2:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks - I made my first sprouts! I couldn't get to a store for a screen so I just hammered holes in the jar's lid :) They started to out grow the jar so I moved them to a colander. It made rinsing really easy! haha. yum. I like the mung beans and big lentils the most (the smaller french lentils didn't sprout so much and the garbanzo beans i didn't like).

At Sunday, July 08, 2007 12:08:00 PM, Blogger Juana Marie said...

plantyplenty, do you have to peel them our you eat them like that?

At Sunday, September 30, 2007 1:09:00 AM, Anonymous karrie said...

too cool! thank you for this tutorial. i am interested in going toward a raw food diet and the price of some sprouters was crazy!!

i am going to try this this week.

thanks dave

At Sunday, September 30, 2007 1:10:00 AM, Anonymous karrie said...


you are a hunk! lol!

At Monday, October 01, 2007 7:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a sprouting jar that worked well, but not too well with broccoli seeds. The seeds are from NOW, the vitamin makers, specifically for sprouting.
Is it just necessary to wait a whole week? Any special tricks to improve sprouting?

At Monday, October 01, 2007 4:40:00 PM, Blogger han said...

Rather than buying screen{not food grade} I'm using 1 of those mesh plastic bags garlic or onions come in,cut into squares. Planters glass jars are awesome! You can pop out the metal top leaving just the Plastic screw on lid(no more rust). So far I tried Pinto and Large White beans then read about the toxic thing, so I will cook them b4 eating, I'll post what they taste like cooked.
I got some adzuki and mungs for my second try. Fingers crossed.=D

At Monday, October 01, 2007 4:55:00 PM, Blogger han said...

Oh ,By the way ,I meant Planters Peanuts glass jars. Isil , depending on where you live, some governments Heat treat all dry beans making them sterile/unsproutable. Also canned bean are NOT sproutable as they are already cooked. Word up Dave! thanks bro

At Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:01:00 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Hello Dave and all - It has been awhile since this post was posted, so I suppose it won't get a lot of read, but I enjoyed your simple down home kitchen with pictures presentation of how to sprout. But I really wanted to advise you and your readers to look at the REAL info about the so-called toxic effects of these grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Please check out annieappleseedproject for the truth.
Also, the flax seed mucilage is jam-packed with vitamin E from the start. It is highly healing and comforting to the internal organs, and if rinsed away for the mucilage, I would do it carefilly so as to retain and drink the water with it's goldmine of nutrients, which will be far more desireable than the "toxins" that may come out in the original soak water are to be feared. Also the sprouting is well worth the effort, as the high-class and rich stores of omega fatty acids 3,6,9 are made easily available to the body.:)


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