Then, after soaking the water was drained off through the pantyhose and the jars were left to sit on their sides. The seeds are still wet at this point so they continue to sprout. the sprouting seeds need to be rinsed two or three times a day simply by filling the jar up with water (through the pantyhose) and then immediately draining the water off through the pantyhose. The moisture keeps the seed sprouts growing and rinses a lot of the bacteria. If you set your sprouts in sunlight they will green up. Keep doing this until your sprouts are the size you want to eat them. I started eating my sprouts on day three but continued to rinse them and let them grow until day six. Personally, I thought they tasted better the longer they grew and the greener they got.
|Day two. These sprouting seeds have a small root showing after being drained from the initial soaking about 12 hours ago. I left my jars like this in a sunny window, rinsing three times a day.|
Sprouting is a great way to improve the nutritional content of seeds. Apparently, all seeds contain anti-nutritional factors called phytic acids. With only a few hours of soaking these anti-nutrients disappear and the seed begins to increase in protein, vitamin, and fiber quantity and quality. The nutrients continue to increase with several days of sprouting.
Check out Wikipedia for more information on this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprouting