Saturday, October 14, 2017

Broccoli Sprouts


Day 1 
Soak 1-2 T broccoli seeds for about 10 hours.

Day 2 morning and evening
Drain, rinse with fresh water, drain.
Cover with gauze and a rubber band.
Place in a warm, dark place, like under the sink.
Day 3 morning and evening
Rinse with fresh water, drain. Repeat if the water seems cloudy.
Cover with gauze and a rubber band.
Put them back in the warm, dark place.
The fuzzy bits are roots, not mold.

Day 4 morning and evening
The same routine: rinse, drain, put back.

Day 5 morning
Rinse with fresh water, drain. Repeat if the water seems cloudy. 
By this time, your sprouts should be pretty good-sized. If you want, take some out and place them in sunlight for a couple hours to get nice and green to use that day. Return the rest to the cool, dark place, covered with gauze.
After sunshine
Day 5 evening
Rinse with fresh water, drain. Repeat once or twice. 

Day 6 morning
Rinse with fresh water, drain. Repeat once or twice. 
Place the jar in indirect sunlight for a couple hours, then cover and refrigerate. 

Tips

  • Broccoli sprouts take 4-6 days to grow.
  • Excess moisture is bad. The seeds should be damp, but not wet. Don't leave any water at the bottom of the jar after rinsing.
  • On day 2-3, when tiny roots appear, they will look fuzzy. That is not mold. If they get moldy, they will smell foul.
  • I rinse mine only morning and evening. Others suggest rinsing them 3-4 times a day. 
  • You can start eating them from about day 4. Just give them some indirect sunlight first to make them green. Direct sunshine might cook them.
  • You may want to start another batch on about day 4 in order to have a constant supply of fresh sprouts.
  • Store finished sprouts in a covered container in the refrigerator. Minimize moisture by removing the brown hulls.
  • 1 T of seeds seems to make about 3 cups of sprouts.

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