My first sprouts are ready to go! These are hard red winter wheat berry sprouts. They sprouted for 3 days. I rinsed them 3-4 times a day throughout the process, using luke warm water. I read that hot water can kill sprouts and cold water can shock them also.
I had filled three different mason jars with three different levels of sprouts (see my post on The Sprouting Process) just because I was curious as to how many could actually fill a jar to capacity. The jar that started out about 1/3 full was nearly filled up at the end. The sprouts smelled pleasantly sweet and grassy or earth. The other 2 jars, filled about 1/2 and 2/3 full, must not have gotten good enough air circulation because they were producing a sweet sweet smell that was almost sour, definitely a type of fermenting smell. I decided to get rid of those 2 jars just to play it food safe.
So just to begin understanding a little bit more about the wheat and how it works, I decided to try a very simple basic sprouted grain recipe. I found this recipe on ezHealthyDiet.com for making bread using nothing but the sprouted wheat and a crock pot.
All you do is puree 1 cup of sprouted wheat in a food processor until it can be shaped into dough, then place in a crock pot and cook at low for 8 hours.
This is the “dough ball” after cooking for 4 hours. Halfway done! It smells good and wholesome.I can’t wait to try this later.
Update: FINISHED crock pot sprouted grain bread!
Wow, wow, wooweewoow! Haha, pardon the excitement, but I was absolutely floored at how delicious this bread came out. I chowed down on it with my friend before remembering to take a photo and here’s what was left. It was crusty on the outside, dense but not dry on the inside, and sweet like brown sugar. Seriously?! For just one ingredient, this was crazy impressive. It made a bread roll about the size of a dinner roll, which would easily serve 2 due to its denseness (the original website I found the recipe on said it served 4, but I’m not sure…) The time involved to make the bread in this method was not necessarily worth it, however, I need to investigate if you can make a bigger quantity. For one piece about a dinner roll size, it took 8 hours to cook in the crock pot. If I were to use 2 cups of pureed wheat instead of one, would it still cook through? How much longer would it take? Can I do this same kind of bread in the oven? What are the benefits of cooking at the crock pot speed for so long? These are all questions I will research and test this week. This was a perfect introduction to the cooking with sprouted grains though, as I really got to see how one single ingredient can take shape into something so nourishing and delicious. My final recipes will contain as few ingredients as necessary to preserve the flavor and integrity of each whole food that I use.
This has also really inspired me to go the way of dehydrating bread crisps or something along that line, where’s my Excalibur??? Will Sprout Out Loud Foods end up being a sprouted grain baked goods company or a sprouted grain raw foods company??? Only time will tell…