How To Sprout - Step By Step Guide

Nigalius

Madras
Regular Member
Thank you @Roz :worship2:, my first batch of brilliant sweet smelling sprouts, just as you specified, no problems and no need for GSE, couldn't be better. . TBH I could just sit and munch away on them :) Just off to set some more soaking :aaaaa:
Hmmmmm! This is an embarassing question here but will go for it. I have been reading on the forum and especially this thread about GSE. Could someone please tell me what that is? There was also something else, again with 3 letters but cant think what it is.

Thanks
 

Roz

Regular Member
Hmmmmm! This is an embarassing question here but will go for it. I have been reading on the forum and especially this thread about GSE. Could someone please tell me what that is? There was also something else, again with 3 letters but cant think what it is.

Thanks
TomsMum has told you about the GSE. I think you are also thinking of ACV @Nigalius which is Apple Cider Vinegar. :thumbsup:
 

Nigalius

Madras
Regular Member
Thanks for the info, I have had a drink and just back from a neighbour, I am going to have some CMC... (Chicken Madras Curry) I am in a happy mood so better not come on too much as it will be the wine talking, hahaha.
 

Roz

Regular Member
Thanks Graham! I would have thought that sprouts like any raw fruit or veg will go mushy as they thaw because of the breakdown of the cell walls - a bit like freezing winter weather will kill annual plants. That's why you usually blanch raw veggies before freezing - which is plunging them into boiling water for a few seconds. I could be wrong - I'll freeze some tonight and see what happens tomorrow when they thaw. Would definitely be interesting! Watch this space! :)
 

Graham

Regular Member
Hi Roz
Sorry I forgot to ask if you feed sprouted seed every day
Also do you feed dry seed with them each day
 

Roz

Regular Member
Hi Graham,

Yes, I feed sprouts everyday, twice a day. They are Kobe's and Ollie's main food source.

The parrots do each have a bowl of dry seed/pellets etc. but remains untouched by Ollie - he chooses to eat only fresh food and has done for maybe 5 or 6 years now. Chico eats some seed maybe twice a week if he doesn't like his supper. Kobe eats very little seed daily. Bobbie eats some seed/pellets every day. I only give them about a tablespoon of seed mix in their dry bowls (and pick out all the nuts and dried fruit). Then add pieces of different organic nuts, a few pumpkin seeds, a few different pellets, some dried pasta, a mini shredded wheat, a few puffed oats (no sugar), a raisin or two, a goji berry or two.
 

Roz

Regular Member
Last night I froze these sprouts in a small freezer bag with air sucked out:



They've just defrosted:



If you look closely the "tails" have gone translucent (semi see-through) and very soft (the cell walls have broken down). The two sunflower seed roots and little sesame seed roots have turned black. The sprouts smell. I tried eating a mung sprout - it tastes like it has been lightly cooked. I wouldn't feed these to my birds or eat them myself.

A live food like sprouts provide an abundance of enzymes. Enzymes are inhibited by cold. Therefore freezing or even refrigeration can deplete the enzyme value of sprouts. It's pretty easy to have two jars on the go daily and feed as they are ready. You can even add sprouts to your own salads and sandwiches.
 

plumsmum

Regular Member
Thank you @Roz :worship2:, my first batch of brilliant sweet smelling sprouts, just as you specified, no problems and no need for GSE, couldn't be better. . TBH I could just sit and munch away on them :) Just off to set some more soaking :aaaaa:
@Roz kinda knew I should not have celebrated so early LOL. Have been doing the same as above following your instructions but have now thrown three lots out as smelling iffy and taking ages to sprout, looking dull in colour also. I am now trying again soaking in warm water*and will rinse with warm water as wondering if now too cool in the kitchen? Any help very gratefully accepted if you have any tips for producing successful sprouts at this time of year. :)

*from Leslie's book.

Using your rec mix 25% Mung Beans, 25% Wheat, 25% Lentils and 25% Sunflower seeds, same as first batch which was successful, in jars, all clean, rinsed well :thinking: Kitchen maybe a bit cooler with less (sun)light, been cooler, dull days.
 

plumsmum

Regular Member
Water temp coming into house is going to be colder, so effectively giving them a cold bath now lol, brrgh!
 

Roz

Regular Member
@plumsmum - I wonder if the problem is the sunflowers? Most sunflowers sold are now heat treated, ie. dead. Since you are using exactly the same mix as before, I am thinking that when it was warmer the sprouts were sprouting quicker, not giving the sunflowers a chance to go off. Now that it's cooler and everything is taking longer, the sunflowers are going off and spoiling everything else? I would try again without the sunflowers to see if they are the problem. I would also see if the sunflowers actually sprout and are alive.

I have just smelled my sprouts - they are due for their rinsing any time now - and they smell absolutely fine (I sprout my sunflowers separately). They do take half a day to a day longer in the winter. I'm still rinsing with cold water. When it becomes really cold then I'll rinse with tepid water and I always use filtered water for the last rinse because I don't like the thought of chemicals in the sprouts. I really do suspect your sunflowers.
 

plumsmum

Regular Member
Thank you @Roz, for giving me something to go at. Have you been OK with the wheat? It looked like although taking ages the mung had started to shoot. I had some aduki separate and they were hopeless too.
 

Roz

Regular Member
My wheat seems to be fine - they do have a much smaller root system than mung. Have to say aduki are always a little iffy with me too. I really do think success or failure is to do with the quality of the seed/grain/legume.
 
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