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How should I sprout grains, beans, nuts or seeds?

Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
To sprout a grain, bean, nut, or seed, all you need is a widemouthed quart-sized mason jar with some window-screen material cut to replace the insert in the lid. Fill the jar a quarter to a third full of the grain, beans, nuts, or seeds and soak the food overnight in enough filtered water to cover the food completely. In the morning, pour off the water, rinse the contents well (the mesh lid comes in handy here), drain completely, and then turn the jar upside down, setting it to rest at an angle so any remaining liquid can drain out and air can circulate. Rinse the seeds at least twice a day (if not several times). For example, try rinsing first thing in the morning and then again at night, and another time, if you think of it during the day. Depending on the size of the grain, bean, nut, or seed, it will take anywhere from one to several days for it to sprout. When it has sprouted, rinse and drain it well one last time, replace the screen insert with a solid lid, and the store in the fridge.

If the concept of sprouting is entirely new to you, pick something that's easy and common. Try sprouting some garbanzo beans (chickpeas) or mung beans in a small batch and see how you like them.
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