The Easy-Sprout Sprouter Sprouting guide
SIX PARTS (Three in Sprout Keeper model) made from six ounces (or 4.6 oz.) of durable food grade plastic (high density polyethylene) simplify all aspects of sprouting from pre-washing seeds (if needed) to storing sprouts. (An added plus - non-sprouting uses such as washing grapes & berries or "crisping" limp celery, carrots, etc.!)
Use untreated, whole dry seeds, beans, grains or nuts. Viability is the main criteria. A good variety can be found at health and natural food stores, food co-ops, grocery stores and from direct mail sources. Remember - viable seeds will be sprouted in 8-48 hours in EASY-SPROUT™.
• Seed Quantity -
Use ½ to 2 cups of grains, hulled sunflower, whole sesame & nuts. Use ½ to 1 ½ cups of hulled buckwheat & beans. Use 4 T. to ½ cup of salad types including alfalfa, broccoli, cabbage, clover, radish. Don't use chia, cress & flax.
• Soaking/Rinsing -
Warm soak water (bathing temperature) is best, especially for beans & alfalfa. For soaking time, 8-12 hours is fine for most types. Hulled sunflower, buckwheat & whole sesame need only an hour. Use room temperature rinse water.
• Special handling needs - Alfalfa & Salad Types -
Most seeds need 1-12 hours of soaking & no rinsing. Salad types like alfalfa, broccoli, clover, radish, etc., are usually grown to leaf stage. Water keeps sprouts from growing into a tight, compacted mass, simplifies dehulling & rearranges sprouts for uniform greening. (At each rinse, fill sprouter with room temperature water, loosen sprouts with a fork, stir, skim hulls, drain well & loosen.) See Sprouting Notes.
Sample sprouts as they grow. When sprouts are the way you like them, eat or refrigerate. Remember - readiness is relative to variety, temperature, usage and preference.
KEY ELEMENTS OF NO RINSE SPROUTING
- A larger seed mass (to increase warmth)
- Warm soak water (90-120° F., initial temperature.)
- A well-drained, non-compacted seed mass.
(See Small Seeds - use of centrifugal force.)
|BEANS**||½ - 1½||Y/N||8-12||16-36||Y/N|
|Garbanzo (see notes)||½ - 1½||N||8-12||16-36||Y|
|Lentil||½ - 1½||Y/N||6-8||16-36||N|
|Mung Bean||½ - 1½||Y/N||8-12||16-36||N|
|Peas||½ - 1½||Y/N||8-12||24-36||Y|
|GRAINS||½ - 2||Y/N||2-12||4-36||Y|
|Barley, Millet, Oat - hulled||½ - 2||N||2-4||4-18||Y|
|Kamut, Spelt, Wheat||½ - 2||Y/N||8-12||12-36||Y|
|Quinoa||½ - 2||Y/N||2-4||12-24||Y|
|Short Grain Rice||1 - 2||N||8||24||Y|
|Rye, hulless Barley & Oat||½ - 2||N||4-8||16-36||Y|
|Buckwheat - hulled||½ - 1½||N||½-1||8-24||Y|
|Sesame - unhulled||½ - 2||N||1-2||8-18||Y|
|Sunflower - hulled||½ - 2||N||1-2||0-18||Y|
|Almond, Brazil, Filbert||½ - 2||N||8-12||0-18||Y|
|Peanut (legume, actually)||½ - 2||N||8-12||0-24||Y|
|Pecan, Walnut||½ - 2||N||2-4||0-8||Y|
|Salad Types (See Notes)||¼ - ½||Y||6-8||36-96||N|
|Alfalfa, Broccoli, etc.*||¼ - ½||Y||6-8||36-96||N|
|*+Cabbage, Clover, Fenugreek, Black Mustard, Radish, etc.|
|**Beans lick Black Eye, Pinto, Soy, etc.|
|‡Any seeds can be rinsed (& must be with older methods) Non-salad types grow, taste & store better (fresh or frozen) with a No Rinse technique.|
- Stored food & enzymes needed for growth of the mature plant aremobilized.
Protein, carbohydrate & fat is broken down (pre-digested) to free amino acids, simple sugars & soluble compounds.
Vitamins, including A, B-complex (B-12), C, E & K, increase to meet the growth needs of a young plant. (For example, B-complex in wheat increases 600 percent, vitamin E triples & vitamin C increases six-fold. Vitamin C in a 100 gram serving of peas goes from 0 to 69 mg. in 48 hours!)
Essential minerals - calcium, magnesium, iron & zinc are supplied in organic form, "chelated" for better assimilation.
Nutrient-density is enhanced at the expense of calories!
SEED & SPROUT TIPS
• Most seeds, beans, grains & nuts are useable even if not specifically for sprouting. They must be untreated. Don't use garden seeds.
• Seeds are natural. Quality varies. Test. If OK, buy extra. Keep seeds cool & dry. Store nuts & hulled sunflower in refrigerator/freezer.
• Don't expect (or wait for) roots on hulled barley, millet, oats or nuts. Use short sprout cycle & refrigerate. Use in 48 hours or freeze.
• For Combinations, use seeds with similar soak/sprout times, storage life, uses.
• There are 10 to 100 times more enzymes in germinated grains & beans than in raw fruits and vegetables.
• According to Dr. Edward Howell, enzymes are at a peak when the root is merely 1/4 inch.