Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Sprout like a BOSS



We all know, but potentially don't love, Brussel's Sprouts. Fortunately, for those of you who aren't keen on these gas-inducing mini cabbages, I'm actually talking about a different type of sprout here. Today I'd like to share my first experience of sprouting mung beans and show you just how easy it is to create something delicious to add to salads and snacks.

What is Sprouting?

Sprouting is the process of soaking nuts, seeds, beans or legumes in water for several hours, and regularly rinsing them with fresh water until the hull softens enough for the 'sprout' to break through and start protruding out.

Why Bother?

The human body is in many ways extremely robust but in other ways exceptionally sensitive. Certain beans and grains, for example, have a low level toxic effect on us whilst others are poorly digested and may cause gastric irritation. Sprouting makes the previously hard kernels easier to digest and in some instances much more nutritious due to the enhanced bioavailability of micronutrients.

What can I Sprout?

Here is a useful list of soak times (referenced from: https://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com/soak-time/)


Nut / Seed
Dry Amount
Soak Time
Sprout Time
Sprout Length
Yield
3 Tbsp
12 Hours
3-5 Days
1-2 Inches
4 Cups
3 Cups
8-12 Hours
1-3 Days
1/8 Inch
4 Cups
1 Cup
3-5 Hours
2-3 Days
1/4 Inch
3 Cups
1 Cup
6 Hours
12-24 Hours
1/4 Inch
2 Cups
2 Tbsp
8 Hours
3-4 Days
1-2 Inches
2 Cups
1 Cup
6 Hours
1-2 Days
1/8-1/2 Inch
2 Cups
1 Tbsp
4-6 Hours
4-5 Days
1-2 Inches
1 1/2 Cups
3 Cups
2-3 Hours
4 Cups
3 Tbsp
5 Hours
4-6 Days
1-2 Inches
4 Cups
4 Tbsp
6 Hours
2-5 Days
1-2 Inches
3 Cups
1 Cup
6 Hours
2 Cups
1 Cup
12-48 Hours
2-4 Days
1/2-1 Inch
4 Cups
4 Tbsp
4-6 Hours
4-6 Days
3/4-1 Inch
3-4 Cups
3/4 Cup
8 Hours
2-3 Days
1/2-1 Inch
4 Cups
1 Cup
5 Hours
12 Hours
1/16 Inch
3 Cups
1/3 Cup
8 Hours
4-5 Days
1/4-3 Inches
4 Cups
3 Tbsp
5 Hours
3-5 Days
1/2-1 1/2 Inches
3 Cups
1 Cup
8 Hours
1-2 Days
1/8 Inch
1 Cup
1 Tbsp
4-6 Hours
4-5 Days
1-2 Inches
1 1/2-2 Cups
1 Cup
8 Hours
2-3 Days
1/2-1 Inch
3 Cups
1 Cup
12 Hours
3-4 Days
1/2-1 Inch
3-4 Cups
1 Cup
6 Hours
1-2 Days
1/8 Inch
2 Cups
1 Cup
3-4 Hours
2-3 Days
1/2 Inch
3 Cups
3 Tbsp
6 Hours
3-5 Days
3/4-2 Inches
4 Cups
1 Cup
6-8 Hours
2-3 Days
1/2-3/4 Inch
3 Cups
1 Cup
8 Hours
1 1/2 Cups
1 Cup
4-6 Hours
1-2 Days
1/8 Inch
1 Cup
1 Cup
6 Hours
1-2 Days
1/4 Inch
3 Cups
1 Cup
6-8 Hours
1 Day
1/4-1/2 Inch
2 Cups
1 Cup
3-4 Hours
1-2 Days
1/8 Inch
3 Cups
3 Cups
4 Hours
4 Cups
1 Cup
8-10 Hours
2-3 Days
1/4-3/4 Inch
3 Cups
1 Cup
12 Hours
2-3 Days
Rice Splits
3 Cups


My Mung Bean Sprouts

I had a cool Biosnacky Germinator bought for me as a Christmas present which I recently had a play with. The process of sprouting my mung beans couldn't have been much simpler and the result was delicious.

1) Find a suitable flat surface for germination.


2) Soak mung beans in fresh, cold water.


3) Scatter the beans across each chamber of the germinator and add water to the top chamber.


4) Wait patiently for them to sprout (I added mine raw to salads).


Have a go at sprouting yourself. You don't necessarily need a fancy germinator. Have a play and let me know how you get on.






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