A Wheat Berry, a Little Water – Walla! A Yummy Sprout!
How to sprouting and germinate wheat berries:
What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup wheat berries
- Wide Mouth Jar (or something similar)
- Nylon Net or Cheesecloth + Rubberband (to cover the jar & keep the cover in place)
- Rinse ½ cup of wheat berries.
- Put the wheat berries in a wide-mouth quart jar. Don’t put too many berries in one jar – ½ cup per wide-mouth jar.
- Add 2 cups of room temperature water.
- Place nylon net or cheesecloth over the jar opening.
- Use a heavy rubber band or the metal jar ring to hold the nylon or cheesecloth in place.
- Soak 12 hours, then drain.
- Thoroughly drain the water – shake a bit to remove most of the water.
- Place the bottle in the cupboard, in the dark. Some people use a paper bag to keep the light out, but still near the sink to remind them of their sprouting project.
- It needs the air (fairly warm air) – so don’t cover the opening with a solid lid.
- Each morning and night rinse the wheat berries with room temperature water, drain again.
- 36 to 48 hours after the first soaking, Walla! You have germinated wheat or if you continue the process for a day or two more you have sprouted wheat.
Note: Sprouted wheat is often bitter, so you may enjoy it more if you just germinate it.
Storing Wheat Sprouts
Replace the nylon net or cheesecloth with plastic wrap or the metal jar lid to help keep it moist but not wet.
Store in the refrigerator.
Use within 5 days.
Things To Do With Sprouted Wheat
The following are some suggestions for things to do with your newly sprouted (or germinated) wheat.
- As an addition to homemade bread – whole, chopped or blended in a blender (wonderful nutty flavor).
- Addition to cereal (preferably whole grain cereal like oatmeal or cracked wheat cereal.)
- Stir into cooked rice (preferable brown rice).
- Added to rice pilaf.
- Kneaded into pizza dough.
- Chopped and added to cookies.
- Added to muffins, pancakes, waffles (preferably Dr. Grandma’s.)
- Added to casseroles, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, meatballs, pasta sauce, mushroom and sprout sauce.
- Added to sandwiches (try tuna, avocado, chicken, egg).
- Sprinkle on yogurt.
- Sprinkle in salads. (Use unflavored yogurt, mix in blue cheese and sprouts.)
- Sprinkle onto stir-fry.