Sprouting

Sprouting is super easy and actually very fun. There is so much talk about why we should sprout basically it makes it easier for our bodies to digest and also unlocks some of the “sleeping” goodness inside.

Why do I do it? Because I love seeing the little steams and seeing the beans come to life! I don’t always sprout my beans but I do always soak them mostly to reduce their cooking time and also then you can see which beans are “alive” and which are dead.

I’m using the word beans but I also mean legumes, sprouts, seeds and nuts. If you’re soaking/ sprouting nuts it’s usually called activating. You’ll want to dehydrate your nuts well after you have soaked them to stop them going moldy.

You don’t need any fancy equipment basically whatever you have lying around will work. I personally like to use a sprouting lid on an agee jar for ease of use. You could use a bowl and strainer or a jar with some cloth over it held in place by a rubber band.

1 cup of dried beans equals 3 cups sprouted/ cooked beans.

I always cook too many beans so that I can freeze extra for a later use. This means I don’t need to buy tinned beans but always have beans on hand. Saving money and time!

Sprouting

First you’ll want to sort through your beans and throw out any the look black or basically look gross. There can also be stones mixed in with beans so keep an eye out for these. I add my beans to a jar and fill the jar about 3/4 full with water.

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Leave the beans to soak in water for 4-6 hours or overnight if you forget. You might need to move the beans around a bit to make sure they don’t get stuck in the jar as they swell. I usually leave mine until they look nice and swollen like the picture below.

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Once the beans are swollen I turn my jar upside down to drain all the water out (this is where the mesh lid makes life easy). I turn the jar upside down a few times to get as much of the water out as possible.

sprouting_nzecochick_beansOnce all the water is drained out place the jar on its side out of direct sunlight. I place a kitchen cloth under my jar to stop it rolling off the window sill and also to protect the wood. You’ll need to rinse (add water and drain straight away) the beans morning and night for 2-3 days.

sprouting_nzecochick_beansAfter 2-3 days the beans will grow little tails and look like the picture below. Throw any away that look slimy or gross (ie the yellow one in the top right corner). If you are sprouting sprouts continue to do this for a few more days until they grow two leaves. sprouting_nzecochick_beansOnce they are sprouted you can either eat them as they are or cook them as normal ie around an hour in a pot or I use my pressure cooker and cook them for 16 minutes. The possibilities are endless!! Enjoy.

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