Grow Your Own Sprouts: Hippocrates Greenhouse Manager Brian Hetrich Shows Us How
Your air-conditioned home is the perfect place to grow sprouts, especially the kitchen. Never grow sprouts outdoors. Humidity will produce mold, and direct sun will keep seeds from sprouting. Just follow these basic guidelines:
- No direct sun.
- Low to moderate humidity (50% or less is ideal).
- Room temperature between 65 and 75 degrees is best.
- A sprouting jar (such as Easy Sprout) OR a 1-litre Mason jar, preferably wide mouth
- A set of sprouting lids OR mesh screen or cheesecloth, elastic band or mason jar ring
- Fresh, filtered water
- 2-5 Tablespoons of seeds to sprout (small seeds start with 2 T, larger ones go with 4-5 T)
|A commercial plastic sprouting lid is made to fit a standard 1-litre glass Mason jar.|
- Put your seeds of choice in a Mason jar (or other glass jar of your choice)
- Cover with water generously (seeds will expand during soaking) and soak overnight for 8 hours.
- Cover the mouth of the jar with a sprouting lid (or your cheesecloth/mesh cloth secured with an elastic band or Mason jar ring). Prop jar at a 45-degree angle in a dish-rack or bowl, and let water drain. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day, thoroughly rinsing and draining seeds.
- Continue rinsing and draining until you see sprout tails (taste as they are sprouting to see which stage you find most desirable). The flavor becomes more neutral as they grow.
|An Easy Sprout container makes it easy to sprout at home.|
Once your sprouts are ready for harvesting, rinse them well and pat dry. Place the sprouts in a sealed container or jar in the fridge for up to five days. You can also use Debbie Meyer Green Bags (available at Whole Foods), which will double the life of your sprouts. Don't forget to place a piece of paper towel or cloth at the bottom of the container / bag to absorb any excess moisture.
Hippocrates Raw Hummus Recipe
Yield: 5 ½ cups
4 cups sprouted chick peas
1 Tbs. kelp powder
1 ½ cup olive oil
1 Tbs. Frontier pizza seasoning
3 cloves garlic
1 pinch cayenne
4 oz. lemon juice
2 Tbs. ground cumin seed
1 Tbs. coconut aminos
- In a high speed blender such as a VitaMix, combine all ingredients.
- While blending, stir vigorously using the plunger through the lid.
- Season to taste.
If you are interested in learning more about how to grow your own sprouts or to reserve a spot in Brian Hetrich's next tutorial, visit the Hippocrates Health Institute website, or call 888-228-1755.
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