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December 31, 2012

DIY Sprouts from Seeds

Sprouts are amazing super foods that are easy, nutritious and inexpensive food. Seeds have phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins.

sproutseed

Containers for sprouting:

Buy special containers specifically for sprouting or use a mason glass jar, clay pot or towel. Demulcent seeds like chia and flax seeds are better suited to a flat towel or sprouting tray.

mung beanMaterials needed:

Seeds ~ like Mung beans are easy to sprout

Mason jars

Elastic bands

Cheesecloth

Optional: hydrogen peroxide food grade for cleaning and to speed up sprouting with less mold. Spray on towels for towel sprouting method.

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Soak seeds in water – 4-12 hours or overnight depending on seed type. Sometimes I put in 1/4 cup to a cup of hydrogen peroxide in 3% dilution to speed up sprouting and to reduce mold, or 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon full strength H202 (hydrogen peroxide) to a pint (2 cups) of water for soaking.  I also wash and sterilize everything in food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide which is water and oxygen.

Drain and prop jars in a bowl tilted on its side to drain the water. Use room temperature water with 3% hydrogen peroxide sprayed in to daily rinse, and place in a dark place, or put a paper bag or tea towel over the jars. Rinse seeds twice a day and spray some hydrogen peroxide in the water to cut down on mold or rotting, and to increase sprouting. You don’t have to use hydrogen peroxide but it is a good idea in hot weather. Sprouts are ready to eat in about 2-4 days. Enjoy!???????????????????????????????

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