My oldest brother and his wife inspired me to attempt some kitchen sprouting. It was amazing for me and the family to watch over the period of a few days how a handful of dried beans, grains or legumes can dramatically increase in mass to become a fresh salad or stir fry. It reminded me of Scripture's account of how Jesus supernaturally multiplied bread and fish. While we didn't have a miracle on the kitchen counter, we did enjoy a very cool experiment in cultivation, food multiplication and cuisine.
We are now on our fifth batch. My brother advised sprouting takes a bit of practice and patience. For our first batch, we used a sprouting mix from the Sprout House. Worked beautifully! For our second batch, I used bagged lentils I had in the pantry from the grocery store. They sprouted nicely, but the texture was tough. The third batch using navy beans failed to sprout after three days and began to show signs of spoilage. The picture below shows our fourth batch using more of the Sprouthouse mix after two days, looking good! Most recently, we tried alfalfa sprouts and they were awesome.
So, this is what we did.
1. Purchased Sprout Master triple trays from amazon. I liked the idea that they were "family size," stackable, easy to drain, and multiple "crops" could be easily grown at the same time. But, you can use mason jars with draining lids or even some kinds of colanders will work.
2. Purchased Sprout House Organic Sprouting Seeds ( Holly's MIx) from amazon. There are more economical ways to go (i.e., the grocery store aisle), but this one worked for us the best and kept us in the game!
4. Put seeds in VERY CLEAN sprouting tray (this part's really important... growing conditions need to be clean from start to finish to avoid contamination.)
5. Rinsed seeds thoroughly.
6. Drained well.
7. Covered with sprouting lid and set aside.
8. Rinsed 2 or 3 times a day VERY WELL for 2 or 3 days and drain. Picture below shows our fourth batch of sprouts after overnight soak and 1 1/2 days of rinsing/draining.
Afterwards, just make sure to hand wash your tray (not dishwasher safe). I keep a little spray bottle of food grade hyrogen peroxied (again, amazon... and please note this is NOT the stuff you can buy in the medicine aisle at the drugstore) under the sink and give it a quick spray before putting away to make sure that it is germ-free and ready for the next round. If you're especially germaphobic, you can also use the food grade HP in the overnight soak.
The batch pictured was great as a stir fry with olive oil, soy sauce and a bit of garlic salt. Cook up some rice and you've got a healthy dinner with good vegetable protein and essential vitamins and minerals!