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Sprouting DIY at home
With this simple and effective 'how to' you can save money not only on your kit, but also on your sprouts!
So I'm standing in my kitchen and I'm wondering what to eat and prepare for the week to come. I'd decided to do a spontaneous rawtox and hadn't really taken much time to prepare. I have a spouting kit that's great for things like mungbeans, chickpeas, black and red beans etc but I'd had always wanted to sprout quinoa and I knew it was somewhat of a different process.
I'd seen plenty of kits available online for purchase and although they weren't silly prices, it still seemed a bit much for what it was. I thought surely I can make one of these! Can I? Well why not give it a try.
What you need:
1 clean second hand wide mouth jar with plastic lid
1 Spare plastic lid
1 Old but sharp knife
I pulled out some jars that I'd saved and started sizing them up. Checking out their sizes and types of lids. In order to do this safely I realised I would need to use one that had a plastic lid. I proceeded to find a shape knife that I didn't care too much for, and a hammer. On a cutting board I carefully placed the knife on the lid facing down as shown in picture (this is easier to do with 2 people although I did manage to do it alone). Softly tapping the knife down to cut, gradually moving around the entire circle. Taking it slowly to avoid an irreversible mistake. I then found a clean chux and cut it to size. A circle shape with an extra inch out from the size of the plastic lid.
As per the picture, add quinoa to the jar and fill with water. Use another lid to close and shake/rotate jar to ensure water and quinoa are evenly dispersed and all quinoa has contacted the water and not clumping. Remove lid, and place chux over jar opening and seal with the cut jar lid. Place on windowsill and leave until the following day.
The next day, leaving the cut jar lid fastened, empty the water through the chux. Remove lid and chux to replace water and then re fasten with chux and lid. Repeat this process each day until desired amount of sprouting is complete.