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Many people today have troublesome issues with processed grains, but one way to enjoy grains is through sprouting. Our ancestors knew to sprout and ferment grains before eating them to neutralize the enzymes that cause digestion problems. Germination changes the starch into sugars, making the grain easier to digest.
After the Industrial Revolution, we gradually lost this knowledge as big companies and corporations took over the production of foods that individuals used to have control over. Today, you can take control over how your food is prepared by sprouting and fermenting the grains yourself, ensuring you have optimum nutrition for your family.
Sprouted and fermented grain can be used in a variety of ways, including breads and fermented beer and other beverages. Essene bread is a popular food that is made from sprouted grains. You can also dry the sprouted grain and freeze it to use in other recipes.
How to Sprout Grains
Sprouting grain is easy and simple. The sprouting process itself takes about 2-3 days. Equipment needed is minimal: a glass jar with a mesh lid or cheesecloth secured with a rubber band around the mouth of the jar.
- 3 cups any whole grain or a mixture of half and half—wheat berries, rye berries, spelt berries, oat groats…
- Put the grain in the jar and soak with water 12-24 hours at room temperature.
- Drain the water and discard.
- Cap with a mesh lidor cheesecloth, secured with a rubber band.
- Turn the jar upside down over a bowl or measuring cup—something that secures the jar from tipping over and allows it to drain. Do not let the grain sit in water because it will rot instead of germinate.
- Twice a day (morning and evening), for 2-3 days, rinse the sprouts with water. If the weather is hot, rinse more often during the day to keep the sprouts from becoming moldy or drying out.
- When you see little tails growing from the grain—congratulations! They have germinated!
- Use the sprouted grain with 2-3 days of germination and keep rinsing.
- OR—dry them and store in the freezer. You can grind them in a grain grinder for flour!