Did your mom ever buy a plastic container of what looked like grass, when you were little? Mine did. It was a tiny tub of bean sprouts. And my mother would load sandwiches with those wirey sprouts. Oddly enough, as a little one, I really liked sprouts. I’m betting your family will, too; especially if you make your own. There really is something special about making your own (whatever) to grab the intrigue of your family members. My children love treats, but they love brownies, tea, tacos, etc., so much more if we make them together. Bringing your family into the process of creating allows them to take value in a thing. Isn’t that what the Lord does with us, too? He gives us our destinies but then also invites us in the process of discovering them, walking them out, and fulfilling them. But why eat grassy looking beans and lentils that you grow in your kitchen?
A little history lesson on lentils and beans – they contain phytic acid (which isn’t always bad). BUT, if you find yourself with an upset stomach after eating lentils or beans, it would be worth it for you to experiment with sprouting. The benefit in sprouting lentils and beans is that you remove phytic acid by doing so. You also increase Vit C and various B vitamins. If you struggle with digesting other nuts and legumes, you may also want to consider soaking them. Soaking can also help with digestion and even sweetens some nuts like walnuts.
So how do you sprout lentils?
Very easily. Depending on the amount of lentils you’re wanting to sprout, you will typically use a large mason jar. First, take about 1/4-1/3 cup of dried lentils and place inside the mason jar. Fill the mason jar with filtered water. Allow the lentils to soak for at least 12 hours. After that, you will drain the water and rinse the lentils. Remove the metal covering of the jar lid and replace with either cheese cloth or a thick paper towel (my choice is Viva!) and cover the jar. Lay the jar on its side to allow the lentils to spread out and evenly sprout without crowding. You will rinse the lentils at least twice a day until they have reached completion. It took my lentils about 2-3 days until they were sprouted to the length I desired.
If you look at the image (above) you can see how the lentils have begun to sprout inside the mason jar. The cheese cloth (or paper towel) allows for air to reach the lentils and aid in germination while not letting them dry out.
The final product should look something like this (below).
You can eat sprouted lentils raw (as they are in the final state), added to a salad (raw), to a stiry-fry, soup, or even blended into a dip (ie: sprouted garbanzo beans can be used to make sprouted hummus).