Saturday, May 29

Recipe of the week: Sprouts!

You all know that I grind wheat to make Homemade Bread, Pancakes, and Pizza Dough. What's this latest project? It probably looks like brownies with chopped nuts, right? Well, this week I decided to get WAY out of my comfort zone and try to sprout wheat. Wheat is amazingly versatile and a very inexpensive addition to your menu items.

This is how you do it.

Step 1: Rinse your wheat kernels and soak in water for 12 hours.

This is what the wheat kernels look like after they have been soaked. Nice and plump!

Step 2: Fill a tray (or in my case, a cake pan) with an inch of wet soil. Sprinkle the soaked kernels onto the soil (as in the top picture) and cover with newspaper 3 pages thick. Leave covered until the roots start to go into the soil. Water every day or two.

These are my sprouted wheat kernels on Day 3. I have to admit this is a little bit scary for me. Maybe it's because they look scary?!

I wonder if we will use these and actually eat the sprouts? They will be yummy in a wrap or in sandwiches. To harvest the sprouts, just cut with scissors near the roots.

If I let it grow for 10-12 days, we will have wheat grass. This is extra nutritious and I'm thinking about cutting some and hiding it in smoothies. Have you grown wheat sprouts? Do you have any insight into this project? Now you know how to do it, if you've never done it before! I'll keep you all posted on this new project.


Dahlene said...

I've grown wheat sprouts in a wet paper towel before. Just keep the towel wet and keep it in a sunny window. Yum! I'll have to try this again. It tastes great on salads.

Mary said...

I've also sprouted beans before, you soak them over-night in a jar of warm water with a nylons rubber-banded on top, funny, I know. Then in the morning you turn upside down to drain the water, and then rinse once daily for a few days, while your sprouts sprout! I have some papers and more detailed info on it I could scan in (I taught a RS Activity lesson on it once). I think the sprouts can be good on salads, mixed in casseroles, mixed with meat in tacos, etc, etc! I like the smoothie idea you suggested! And they're not bad even though yes, they are very funky looking!! :-)

Kayla Danelle Anderson said...

We are continuously growing wheat grass for our indoor cats to munch on. They love it and it helps with their digestion! :) (plus, having a pot of grass growing in my window sill just looks pretty dang cool.)

Heather said...

Wow, I didn't know I had so many wheatgrass growing friends already! I have seen it in pots for decorative purposes as well- it is very pretty!

Thanks for the ideas, everyone!