In a quest for better health, and to help overcome some of the auto-immune things that are going on in my body, I am currently gluten free.
However, my family is NOT on board with that idea. AT. ALL. I want them to have nourishing foods at all times, though. What’s a mom to do? Sure, my family will eat sourdough pizza crust, and sourdough pancakes. They are loving sourdough cupcakes, waffles, and even english muffins. But, sourdough bread, tortillas, or cookies? Ummm….no.
I have taken to sprouting the wheat for them to make the grains easier to digest.
The process is simple, and can take as few as 1-2 days. I have a jar of wheat always soaking and sprouting, so I can keep up with their needs. Here’s how I sprout mine.
First, you need a jar with a lid. Preferably a sprouting lid.
I have this 1/2 gallon sized jar (affiliate link) with a stainless steel lid, but to be honest, I have used a wide mouth 1/2 gallon mason jar with a DIY sprouting screen. I used old stainless steel window screening that I had washed well and rinsed with vinegar. I couldn’t tell you if it was “healthy” or not, but it did the trick for me. Of course, this jar that I am using now has a much wider mouth so it’s far easier to get the sprouted grains out.
Add in 2 cups of grains that you want to sprout
. You can do this with all wheats, spelt, kamut, or any grains you want. Easy enough, right? Then, add cool (not cold) water to cover at least 4 inches above the grains. They will expand when they have soaked for a while. Allow to sit for 12-24 hours. Drain, then rinse well. Do this by adding water to fill and then tilting the jar on it’s side to drain well. I leave it to drain in the sink for about 30 minutes, then set it on it’s side. For the next day or so, every 12 hours, repeat the process.
After two days, your wheat sprouts will look like this:
Carefully, remove them from the jar and either place in a dehydrator (like this one) or on a cookie sheet in a single layer. If you are putting them on a cookie sheet, place in an oven with just the pilot light on overnight. You don’t want to heat the sprouts as they are now a “living food” and extreme heat can kill them.