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Soaking and Sprouting Nuts and Seeds

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 04, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I have purchased sprouted seeds at the store but they are extremely expensive. I'd love to learn to do this myself at home with seeds and nuts. I can't find a good source of information on exactly how to do it. All I seem to be able to locate are articles that mention the benefits of soaking and sprouting without any specific directions and they're always peppered with warnings about botulism and other toxins just growing like wildfire, which made me leery. Is it truly this risky?

Lots of questions:

What methods are best in terms of nutritional outcome and food safety? I read something that mentioned soaking with apple cider vinegar and citric acid to activate phytase to help reduce phytic acid, but no specifics on how to use them. I've also heard some nuts/seeds don't have enough phytase on their own to do this so they should be soaked with a helper food that is rich in phytase -- what foods are these? How do I know when they have soaked long enough to reduce the anti-nutrients and how much do should they spout before they're ready?

If you know of a good book or website that covers this topic indepth please share!

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ps: lentils are the only thing I've been able to sprout, I then freeze them for later use (hubby eats them not me)...

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 04, 2012
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I thought you only soaked nuts, not sprout them, but apparently its possible, but not easy: http://www.growyouthful.com/recipes/sprouts.php

Beans/Seeds however are sproutable. I found this link (I thought there should be tons because I'm always reading about it, but couldnt find much that were helpful...sorry!)

http://www.ehow.com/how_2309824_sprout-seeds-jar.html

http://rawfoodswitch.com/raw-food-equipment-reviews/sprouting-guide-sprout-seeds-bean-sprouts/

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on June 04, 2012
at 06:02 PM

ps: lentils are the only thing I've been able to sprout, I then freeze them for later use (hubby eats them not me)...

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on June 04, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I don't know anything about sprouting nuts, but with seeds of all kinds do this: Take about 4-6 tablespoons of seeds and put them in a quart jar. Swish them around with some water a couple of times dumping the water out and putting fresh in each time. Then, after you dump the water out for the last time, you can either leave them in the jar, or put them on a damp pieve of newspaper or doubled-up paper towel (or even a cookie sheet) and cover with another damp piece of paper towel (or newspaper). Put them in a dark spot, like a cupboard. The next day re-dampen the paper towel (kinda damp) or if in the jar swish and dump the water out again. YOu do this for a day or two until you see the little sprouts coming out. That is pretty much it. To slow down the sprouting if you dont' want to use them right away just put them in the fridge in a tupperware or what-have-you. There are a lot of good websites online, just Google "how to sprout" or similar phrase.

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