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04-29-2008, 08:01 AM
I think I'm quite bad at making sprouts.
My sunflower sprouts didnt work at all, the seeds just puffed.
My chia sprouts just turned to jelly which i guess I might have expected after reading a few things.
Then I bought lentils. Apparently they were split lentils.
And so my latest sprouting was quinoa. I read that it was important to drain the water out of them or they will rot, so that's what I did. I woke up the next morning and they were completely dry. I also read that it's important for them not to dry out or they are RUINED. Really what should I do? Any advice about sunflowers?
04-29-2008, 06:58 PM
seeds just get soaked for 1-12 hours and that's it. They don't sprout. Puffed is what you want.
Chia - they're suppose to get jelly like. They do sprout because they make great chia pets. Just keep rinsing.
Instructions below on quinoa from /www.sproutpeople.com/
Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts
Put 2/3 Cup of seed* into a bowl or into your Sprouter.
Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water.
Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 20-30 minutes.
Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water
and Drain thoroughly.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
And, perhaps once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
We usually stop here. We like our sprouts small.
Note: Quinoa can be sprouted quite a bit longer but it's texture changes profoundly, going from a soft crunchy sprout to a very soft sprout. If you sprout it long you'll have to use it soon as it won't keep well.
Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for several days. However - we prefer to sprout only to the point where most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/4 inch) roots, which is typically after just 2 or 3 Rinse and Drain cycles.
Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.
The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good - and put them in your refrigerator - if you can keep from eating them all first.
Note: Quinoa - when sprouted very short - can make it in refrigeration for up to 2 weeks but if you can use 'em fresher we think you'll like them better.
* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bag.
Remember that the yield will be approximately 1.5:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity.
Printable Sprouting Instructions
04-29-2008, 10:47 PM
Sunflower seeds sprout just fine for me, though often I just let them get to the "puffed" stage -- just an overnight soak and 8 or 12 hours to grow. But if I keep rinsing them morning and night for another day or two, they get sprouts. They're not the prettiest things, as they turn kind of a mottled brown (this is normal) but they're nice and crunchy.
You might have gotten a batch of old seeds that wouldn't sprout?
Quinoa worked fine too... I soaked it for about four hours (20 to 30 minutes doesn't seem long enough to me, although the Sprout People are the experts!) and rinsed about every 8 hours.
How much are you sprouting at once? I find that half a cup, or even a quarter, works well, and larger quantities get harder to rinse and drain.
Keep trying -- it's so encouraging to watch them grow!
04-30-2008, 07:27 AM
SunFlower is the easiest seed to Sprout. Just soak them for a few hours...Drain them and keep them rinsed and soon you will see the little tails come on them. Rinse them often, if you are working...keep them in the Fridge and take them out when you come home. IT'S ALL TRAIL AND ERROR, YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. So Hang in there, you'll be a PRO. soon...Have a RAW DAY.
04-30-2008, 07:31 AM
When i see them in the store they are straight with tiny green leaves at the top and straight stems.
Do your turns out like that.
04-30-2008, 02:09 PM
There's a difference between sunflower sprouts and sunflower greens.
Sprouts you get if you soak the dehulled seeds for a few hours, then drain and rinse them a few times a day for a day or two.
Greens you get if you soak the seeds IN THE HULL, then drain and rinse a few times a day until you see the little tail come out of the hull. This is the time to plant them in a tray with a little bit of potting soil. Cover them with plastic until they have their tail/roots buried in the soil and then keep the soil moist and watch them grow their little stems and leaves. Delicious when harvested before the second pair of leaves emerges.
04-30-2008, 05:18 PM
Oh k..I see I did many things wrong! I threw at all my attempted sprouts and now I'm going to start again, right as soon as I learn all this info.
Thanks people, I appreciate.
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