View Full Version : help with sprouting quinoa
02-18-2008, 04:06 AM
I'm hoping some of you sprouting experts can help me. I'm trying to sprout quinoa, but am not having a whole lot of success. I don't have Alissa's book yet, but I followed the directions on sproutpeople.com, which has never let me down with any other beans, seeds or grains. But I soaked the quinoa for 20 minutes like it said, after which it really didnt sprout at all. So I soaked a second batch longer - about 2 hours. This time, about half of it was sprouted 2 days later, but it also had a small amount of mold - little white fuzzies, even though I drained and rinsed every 8 hours. So I've lost two batches now, and I don't want to waste any more! Does anybody have any advice? Should I soak it even longer? Rinse more often? Or do I just have a bad batch of quinoa? :(
02-18-2008, 06:03 AM
Sounds as though you've got an old batch. There's a similar thread on this forum. I would start fresh and make sure it's raw.
02-19-2008, 10:18 AM
I have never had any problems with sprouting Quinoa.
I always soak mine for 8 hrs, though.
Ireland is very humid, so you will have to be more careful about mold than I am.
Make sure you drain your sprouts VERY well, and maybe add 1 tbs. of vinegar to the water that you rinse them with.
02-19-2008, 11:34 AM
I just pu my sprouts on a plate with water and then set in the fridge. They start sprouing withi 24 hours with or without a rinse, has been my experience
02-19-2008, 12:28 PM
i sprout in my dehydrator. i put the rice (or whatever) into a glass jar with water... turn it on and a max of 12 hours later... i have sprouted food!!!
goji berries only take about 90 minutes.
02-23-2008, 01:06 PM
REVVELL, you were right... it was definitely an old batch! I got a new batch and just starting sprouting a couple hours ago, and there's already waaaay more sprouts than after two whole days with the old batch!!
RAWSTRENGTH, thank you for the suggestion of a bit of vinegar to the rinsing water. You're right, it's always so damp here in Ireland, I'm super paranoid about mold. So I will give that a try. Does it alter the taste of the sprouts at all?
Thanks again! :)
03-04-2008, 04:30 PM
What types of grains/etc can you sprout? Can you sprout nuts? How about sesame seeds? And are the black sesame seeds better than the other ones?
Can someone help me!?!
03-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Hi everyone! I just sprouted some quinoa but the quinoa itself is still crunchy. When sprouting grains and beans do the grains or beans ever really soften up or do they stay pretty firm?
03-16-2008, 10:49 PM
I have found that mine become soft if I let them marinate. When I make tabouleh for example, I do it a day ahead. That way the quinoa is softened by the olive oil and lemon. Mmmm!
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