How To Make Sprouts At Home For Baby Food
Hi and a big salute to all mothers.
It takes so much of effort to set everything right and even more effort to get the feel of satisfaction that everything has been set right.
After I had shared the home made baby food of sprouted cereals on this baby blog, I had a feeling that something is left behind. I wanted to include the method of germination of the cereals too in that post. I had left it untouched because the post would go on never ending. So here is it. The process is without the sprout maker device. I never bought any sprout maker since I had learnt the art of sprouting the cereals with out it.
Basically, the process of germination is very simple. It involves soaking the cereal in water for a certain period of time, draining the water and storing the cereal in a closed container for another period of time for the sprouts to appear. The method of germinating for all the cereals I have done is the same; but the time period is different for each. That is the basic idea.
I have tried sprouting only 3 of the cereals; wheat, ragi and green gram. I usually push this work for weekends. Not that I have ample time during the weekends; but it is a belief in me that weekends are more of free time. So you would read further in terms of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
How To Sprout Green Gram:-
This is the easiest and can be done in a jiffy. Hassle free process when it the turn of green gram. I usually take about half a kilo of the quantity.
– On Friday morning, clean and wash the green gram. After cleaning, soak it in water in a vessel. The water level should be much above the green gram level. After about 4-5 hours check the water level again. The green gram would have bloated and absorbed most of the water. If so add more water. (so, soaking around 12 hours)
– The same night, I mean Friday, before retiring for the day, drain all the water out. Wash the green gram well and spread it in a wide container. This container has to be closed tightly. Leave it overnight.
– Next morning, Saturday, there will be white sprouts on the green gram. (It looks cute. About 12 hours for the sprouts to appear)
There you are with the sprouted green gram. Expose it to sunlight for about 3 to 4 days. It is ready for storage now.
How To Sprout Ragi:
Ragi when soaked in water gives a weird smell which I do not like. Well, it goes off when dried under hot burning sun, so no worries. I take only half a kilo at a time for sprouting.
– On Friday night, wash the ragi and soak it in water for the entire night. Remember to take a big vessel and lots of water. (Because I never come out of bed on the midnight to check if the water is all absorbed or still there).
– Next morning, Saturday morning. Drain the previous night’s water, wash the ragi well and add some fresh water and leave it soaked again the whole of the Saturday morning. (So, about 24 hours of soaking.)
– Saturday night, drain all the water and spread the wet ragi in a wide container and close it tightly.
– And, Sunday morning there are tiny sprouts on the ragi seeds. It seems like they are breathing. (Ragi too takes about 12 hours for sprouting.)
Dry the sprouted ragi under sunlight and store it in an air tight container.
How To Sprout Wheat:-
Wheat is the messiest of all. I hate doing this. But I compromise for the sake of my baby. So weird!!!. When wheat is soaked in water, it gives a smell which feels like hell in the nostrils. And to add to it, wheat needs 32 hours of soaking (2 full days and 1 night).
– Begin the soaking on Friday morning. You will have to change the water by afternoon so that the smell does not prolong with the same water.
– By Friday night, drain the water. Wash the already soaked wheat to remove the weird smell due to soaking. And soak it again in fresh water. Remember, it is already night, so add enough water well above the level of wheat.
– Saturday morning, repeat all that you did on Friday morning; washing and re-soaking in fresh water. (about 32 hours of soaking)
– Saturday night, put everything into a sieve and drain all the water. Wash the wheat thoroughly before spreading it on a wide container. Close the container and leave it over night.
– Sunday morning you will be happy to find sprouted wheat. They are very tiny and hardly visible when the wheat is dried. (12 hours for the sprouts to appear.)
Some sprouts get sticky and get attached to other wheat cereals. That is how it is. If you wait for some more time, you will be able to see longer sprouts. I do not prolong. Just finish it off by putting it in my terrace under the sunlight. Once dried, the smell goes off.
Done. Sprouting of all the three, Green Gram, Ragi and Wheat:)
And this again became a very lengthy post. Hope it was helpful.
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