DINNER READY SPROUTS WITH EXTRA RINSING
HOW TO GET CLEAN, DINNER READY SPROUTS
No matter how clean the environment is in your kitchen, there is always a little bacteria in the air in our homes. These bacteria will not bother your sprouts, as they are created for much harsher condituins out in the wild. Your daily rinsing have cleaned most of the bacteria out of the sprouters, but before you eat your sprouts, you need to clean them a little more.
HARVESTING YOUR SPROUTS
The first step to dinner ready sprouts is to harvest the amount of sprouts, you wish to eat right now. Because your sprouts will keep best in the sprouter so you should let them stay there until it is time to use them in your dinner.
When you are ready to eat the sprouts, you just take the amount of sprouts you can eat right now from the sprouter. Harvesting is stressful for the plants as they loose moisture, so rinse the sprouter with the remaining sprouts. This will remoist them and let the rest of the little plants continue their growth until you are ready to harvest them too.
WHOLE SPROUTS = HEALTHY SPROUTS
One tip about gentle harvesting…Sprouts are fragile plants and they do not take well to injury. So be careful that your sprouts not are crushed by hard water jets or impatient hands when you harvest from them. Even small injuries in the stems or leaves will open the individual plant to bacteria attack. But if you handle the sprouts with gentle fingers, they will keep fresh and happily grow for you.
The ‘harvested’ sprouts are easy to clean for hulls. I simply placing them in a large bowl with clean water and gently stir around them by hand. The hulls will fall to the bottom or rise to the surface of the water. You just change the water several times until the sprouts are clean.
REMOVE BACTERIA WITH LEMON
When the sprouts are free from hulls, I fill the water bowl again. This time I only let the water just cover the sprouts. Then I mix lemon juice in the water 1 part juice to 6 parts water. I typically use lemon juice concentrate, as it is the low pH, which cleans the last germs of sprouts.
After the lemon bath you can rinse with fresh water to remove the lemon taste. Now the sprouts are completely clean and ready for your fresh, green recipes.
AN IMPORTANT TIP ABOUT LEMON
Only let your sprouts stay in the lemon water for up to 10 minutes as the citric acid is also hard on sprouts. For this reason you should not clean your sprouts using this method during their growth. They should only be rinsed with clean water untill you are ready to eat them.
DING DING WITH THE DINNER BELL
Now that you have cleaned your sprouts well, you are ready to beautify your food with them. I recommend that you add the sprouts just before serving if the food is hot or even warm. The heat will make the sprouts less crunchy, but will add beautiful colours.