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Old 10-04-2015, 09:04 AM
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We often receive questions on how to sprout, and if it's difficult to do.

Short answer: It's super easy, and HIGHLY nutritious.

I used a super cheap seed mix for the photos below. You can buy seed mixes at your local pet shop, or online. Let your imagination run wild and have some fun with it.

Here are a few online places:
https://sproutpeople.org/just-for-pets/bird-seed-mixes/
A-HIG32272 Higgins Sunburst Soak and Sprout 3 oz - HIGGINS
The Sprout House Certified Organic Non-gmo Sprouting Seeds Holly's Mix - Mung, Adzuki, Green Pea, Red Lentil, French Lentil, Green Lentil 1 Pound: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food The Sprout House Certified Organic Non-gmo Sprouting Seeds Holly's Mix - Mung, Adzuki, Green Pea, Red Lentil, French Lentil, Green Lentil 1 Pound: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food


I start off with pouring the desired amount of seeds/sprouting mix into a SS strainer that will fit into a bowl filled with water, and add a few drops of pure lemon juice. (Some people use GSE GSE01000 Grapefruit Seed Extract Liquid Concentrate 2 oz. - VITAMINS/HEALTH AIDS instead)





(I use the empty Blueberry Container to keep my sprouts in once they have sprouted, and place them in the vegetable section in my fridge).

Soak the seeds/sprout mix overnight at room temperature. The entire sprouting process is done at room temperature.

The next morning simply lift the strainer with the seed mix out of the water and rinse gently but thoroughly.

Do NOT submerge them in water again.

Rinse several times throughout the day. The important thing is not to let them dry out.

After only a couple of days you will see the seeds have plumped, and some may have began sprouting already.



Continue rinsing, until all (or most...because not all will) have sprouted.



Sprouts WILL continue to grow very slowly, even once they've been refrigerated. And they don't keep very long either. I make enough so that my fids can enjoy them for 3 days at the most. If you detect an unpleasant odor, discard them.



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Re: Sprouting Made Easy

Thank you for posting the links, photos and easy to follow instructions, Wendy, and a very special Thank You to Hunter for demonstrating how irrisistable a fresh bowl of sprouts are to a parrot.
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Re: Sprouting Made Easy

Great thread, Wendy!!! Easy to follow instructions, great pics and extremely helpful links.
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Re: Sprouting Made Easy

Never thought of using a seed mix from the pet store. My next adventure will be doing so thanks!
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Re: Sprouting Made Easy

I actually finally had some luck sprouting after reading this. I chose grains and seeds and had luck the next day. Going to just do some pumpkin seeds separately since they seem to take a bit longer but I was surprised that it worked!

I used a mason jar with cheesecloth under the ring instead of the top since my strainer wasn't fine enough for the quinoa, though it still got kind of stuck in the cheesecloth.
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Thanks. I never realized how simple it could be.
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