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11-06-2006, 02:17 PM
Well Im still very new to all this and was wondering if you all could give me some tips on sprouting buckwheat.
I've never actually sprouted anything before so honestly, I have no idea what Im doing,.. lol. I've looked online for instructions/directions, but I cant really seem to find anything.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Ohhh and this is for use in a recipe to make some flatbread... Not sure if it makes a difference.
11-06-2006, 02:26 PM
Oh it's super easy to sprout buckwheat! :)
Just soak it in water overnight (I usually make sure the water is about an inch over the top of the buckwheat)
Then, the next day, drain (I use a collander) and rinse really well. Buckwheat gets kinda slimy, similar to flax seeds, but not as badly.
You can at this point place into the container you soaked it in or leave it in the collander. I have actually drained my buckwheat early in the morning and by midday, had tiny sprout tails on it. But at the most, it should only take about a day and a half to begin to see the sprout tails and for a recipe, that is all you need is just the tail.
Make sure that if you leave it for a full day that you rinse and drain it again before going to bed and then again the next morning.
11-06-2006, 02:28 PM
I always soak my bucwheat (approximately 1/2 cup) in a full mason jar of distilled water...soak overnight. In the morning...I rinse REALLY WELL in a colander....and just set the colander on a bowl to drain. Rinse your buckwheat 2-3 times a day....and just let it drain in the colander. Kinda spread your buckwheat out...so it's not sitting all on top of each other...breathing room, ya know. I sure hope this makes sense.
11-06-2006, 02:39 PM
You guys are extremely helpful. Thank you so much. Doesn't seem so intimidating at this point.
One more thing ... what is the purpose for sprouting them, rather then just soaking? Can they be used in a recipe just having been soaked? Is it for nutritional purposes that we sprout them? :p
11-06-2006, 02:56 PM
Wellll...actually I had stopped sprouting them - just soak. The only reason is because IF you fail to remember to rinse them, they may smell okay but I found a couple of times that they kinda started to ferment in my recipes once in the dehydrator. So, I got frustrated one day and just soaked overnight and used straightaway the next morning (after rinsing very well, of course) and it was great!
Also, in the book Raw Food Real World, they said you can get away with simply soaking for about 4 hours or so.
And, buckwheat isn't botanically a grain (though we use it as one) so it's not technically in the same category as wheat, rye, etc. with the enzyme inhibitors, etc. But I guess sprouting just makes more of a "living" food. I've done it both ways, though with no problems.
11-06-2006, 03:03 PM
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh thats very good to know. Ok I will still try my hand at the whole sprouting thing. If other people can do it, why not me, right? lol.
Thanks for all your help guys. I appreciate it. I'll let you know how the flat bread comes out. Gonna use it for pizza. Mmmmmmmmm :o
11-06-2006, 03:32 PM
Normally my pizza is made with flax seeds, that are ground by me in my Braun coffee grinder, then add water, veggies such as tomato, celery, onion, garlic...just do the look and see method without measuring...yes blend all together and spread on my teflex sheets using Excalibur. Oh, add your favorite seasonings.
Now that I know 4 hours is all for my buckwheat, may think differently sometimes, but really delish this way. Thanks Rawk for that info.
11-07-2006, 01:10 AM
I've got another little question.. Can hulled buckwheat sprout? It is the only I have available. I've tried soaking over night and then used blended with bananas to make porridge. I felt fine after eating it and it have not been craving cooked the past three days, not really. They smell fine, they just do not really sprout.. Thanks!
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11-07-2006, 05:38 AM
It's alive! The buckwheat I mean :p I found some in the sink (it's not always we get the dishes washed right away :rolleyes: ) and they had little tails! So in answar to my own question, yes, hulled seeds can sprout! :D
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