Sprouting Wheat

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

how to sprout wheat berries

I’ve heard that sprouted wheat is like 500 times more nutritious than actual wheat, and wheat is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, so talk about super food! I have a recipe for wheat bread using sprouted wheat as an add in and my first time sprouting was a wild success! I’m hoping I’ll have similar results with the bread…

sprouting wheat

Before you go to bed, rinse 1/3 c. wheat berries really good and let it soak in a bowl of water.

sprouting wheat

In the morning, divide the soaked wheat berries into 3 Mason jars (pint or quart) – about 1/4 c. each.

sprouting wheat

Put a layer of cheese cloth over the opening and secure with a ring. Set jars on their sides.

Each morning until the wheat sprouts, fill the jar up with water (through the cheese cloth) to cover the wheat. Swish around to rinse the wheat and dump water out. (The cheese cloth allows you to rinse and drain without losing any of your berries.)

After a few days your wheat will have sprouted and you can enjoy in bread, on sandwiches, or plain by the handful.

Wheat is either dead or alive and you’ll know it’s dead if it won’t sprout. If you buy wheat in sealed buckets, it’s most likely dead, so get some fresh wheat for sprouting.

Sprouted wheat is something I’m going to work on incorporating into our diet to get my kids’ bodies used to eating healthy food!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle August 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

I love sprouts of any kind (almost, those huge soybean ones are a challenge), and my kids would get such a kick out of sprouting these… where do you get the wheat berries, and what does it end up tasting like? Do you have to cook them, or can you use them in salads? So interesting, thanks!

2 Sue D August 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I have done alfalfa sprouts a long time ago. We were actually thinking of growing a patch of wheat–this would be something to try–thanks for the how to.

3 The Redhead Riter August 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Where can I get wheat to sprout?

4 Kelsey August 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

We buy wheat in bulk, but I’m sure you could buy them at any health food store or regular grocery store that has a bulk foods section. They taste just really fresh, kind of lettucy or like alfalfa sprouts. You can use them in salads or breads or on sandwiches or wherever. They’re yummy!

5 Brynna August 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thank you for this! I’ve been grinding my own grain for years now but have never tried sprouted grains. I’ve often wanted too but for some reason every other blog post I’d read on the topic made it sound much more complicated. Thanks to your post I’m going to try it next week!

6 Dean August 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm

We sprout wheat and other grains for use in many ways. I find that if you only sprout the wheat for a few days it’s best in baked goods, a little longer and it’s super sweet and yummy for snacks and then if it gets too long it’s best ground up in a smoothie. Just barely sprouted white wheat makes fantastic pancakes!

7 Kelsey August 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Throwing it in a smoothie is a great idea Dean. I’ll try that this week. Thanks!

8 Jill August 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Will you be doing any recipes for sprouted wheat bread? This may sound dumb, but do you just incorporate the sprouts in the dough or is there some process to it that I don’t know. I’m really interested in doing this myself. Thanks for the instructions!

9 Kimberly R August 23, 2010 at 8:44 am

Looking ofrward to some of those bread recipes. You mihgt just have this girl doing some sprouting of her own.

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