I have been making my own sprouts for a while. I started with wheat, which--in my opinion--is the easiest thing to sprout. From what I understand, sprouted wheat is the most nutritious and nutrient rich way to consume wheat. I eat wheat sprouts in salads or ground up in bread, muffins, or some other baked concoction. I have always just used a cookie sheet and some paper towels for sprouting.
Last summer I decided to bite the bullet and invest about 15 dollars in a "Master Sprouter". I have since taken on sprouting beans, seeds, and other grains. It is sometimes an adventure. I think broccoli sprouts are rather strong smelling and must be kept WELL DRAINED.
The picture below is some wheat grass I grew in a cookie sheet. I was inspired to try it when my family and I stopped at a Jamba Juice during our holiday travels and I saw that people charge almost three dollars for a small shot of wheat grass juice. I feel I had success growing it, but I don't have a juicer. I blended the wheat grass in a smoothie and it was a waste of a perfectly good blueberry banana smoothie. :( The smoothie was yummy, but the wheat grass...blah!
The process for growing is easy. You need a pan with shallow sides (this makes it easy for draining). Some paper towels, a couple cups of wheat and a vegetable sprayer or water bottle is a plus.
Line the pan with a layer of paper towels. Rinse wheat thoroughly, then spread wheat berries onto paper towel. Cover with another layer of paper towels. Moisten towels. Keep them moist for a couple of days.
After a couple of days you will have wheat sprouts. Once sprouts grow little green grass starts, remove the top paper towel. Now just rinse and thoroughly drain the little seedlings every morning and night. Once it grows fairly tall, you can trim it for use. If you keep it well drained and trimmed it will last for several clippings.
If anyone has a great way to consume wheat grass or its juice, please, do share!
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