Probably you have already tried or seen in the supermarket more than once jars with bean sprouts, a product widely used in salads and dishes of all kinds. What is not so common yet, but gains popularity every day, is the consumption of sprouts and sprouts of all kinds of seeds. Here, we will see how to make lentil sprouts at home and you will see that they are cheap and easy to obtain.
How to sprout lentils?
The sprouts are, as its name suggests, sprouts grown from all types of seeds. Recently they have become popular with great speed, since they provide a whole series of advantages regarding their consumption in the form of seeds. On the one hand, the germinated sprouts have a great nutritional value and are very easy to digest, so their nutritional properties are much better used than if we just eat the same food in the form of seeds. In addition, they are usually very rich in antioxidants and some of them contain protein concentrations comparable to those found in meat.
It should also be noted that the process of germination tends to reduce the amount of gluten in the food, so they can be easier to digest for those with mild intolerance to it. Be very careful, however, if you suffer from severe intolerance to it, since germination does not eliminate gluten completely.
How to get lentil seeds?
To prepare your lentil sprouts, the first thing you will need, as you can imagine, is lentil seeds. Some specialized stores sell seeds prepared to be germinated, treated in a way that prevents the appearance of bacteria in the germination process.
However, you can also carry out your sprouts with completely normal lentils, although you should take special care in the germination process of lentils to avoid that the necessary humidity causes the appearance of unwanted pathogens. In the process that we explain below, we take several security measures to avoid this, but if in any case you have doubts, cook your shoots before consuming them and thus eliminate any contamination hazard.
Steps to sprout
Once you have the seeds of these legumes, follow these steps to make lentil sprouts :
To make your lentil sprouts, you will first need to make your own homemade seed germinator. To make this germinator, choose a glass jar, which does not need to be very large, but it is recommended a sufficient size to contain enough shoots to consume several times. Empty it completely and wash it thoroughly with hot water and soap, paying special attention to the interior. Let it dry when finished.
Add the lentils to the glass container. Keep in mind that lentils will greatly increase the volume they occupy when they germinate, so do not fill it beyond a fifth of its capacity. When you have carried out the process several times you will see what exact quantities are best suited to your consumption rate.
Add water to the container until the lentils are completely submerged. Close the bottle with a gauze that transpire, fixing it around the mouth with a rubber band. If you do not have gauze, you can use the original plastic cap of the bottle, but first make a lot of small holes with scissors, and wash it properly.
Let the lentils rest in the water all night, and when the day comes, empty the water through the gauze, leaving the boat tilted so that the seeds dry, and leave it in a dark area. When the night comes again, fill it with water again.
Repeat this process of submerging the seeds overnight and drying them during the day every day, always without removing the gauze. This allows them to maintain an adequate level of humidity, and at the same time the change of water prevents the appearance of bacteria. When the buds have a length of 1 cm, you can take them out to an area where they receive sunlight so they begin to take out leaves. From there, they are already edible germinated sprouts. This whole process should take about a week.
Tips for the cultivation of lentil sprouts and sprouts
Take care of hygiene as much as possible, especially if you work with common seeds. As we have already said, the germination process needs a humidity that is also an adequate medium for the development of bacteria and fungi, and the most scrupulous hygiene possible is the best method to combat it. The purchase of specialized seeds is also an option, but it is notably more expensive.
Remember to cook your germinated sprouts before consuming them whenever you have doubts about their condition and do not keep germinated sprouts more than 4 or 5 days in the fridge, especially in the warm season. As the germination process is not so long, you will soon have the times taken to produce your sprouts at the same rate you consume them.