Yields approximately 3 Cups (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts
Clem's Choice requires 2 steps. We send this mix in 2 bags: Lentils in one, Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard in another.
Step 1 - Sprouting your Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard
Seed Prep Measure out 1-2 Tablespoons of the Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard. More Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard means a spicier final mix. Rinse your seeds to remove dust or debris. Soak Transfer your seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary), or a bowl. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.
Allow seeds to Soak for 6-12 hours. Empty the seeds into your sprouter (if necessary). Drain off the soak water. You may use it - if you like - it has nutrients in it. Rinse thoroughly with cool (60°-70°) water. Drain thoroughly!
Always be sure to Drain very thoroughly. The most common cause of inferior sprouts is inadequate drainage. Most Sprouters look like they will not hold water, but even the best designed device does, so pay special attention to Draining.
Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses. This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top - in the corner of our kitchen, but where the Sprouter won't get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us. We don't mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light, because light just does not matter much. A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until a plant has leaves, light has little if any effect. Sprouts also happen to like air-circulation, so don't hide your sprouts.
Rinse and Drain again every 8-12 hours for 3 days. As long as you grow, you have to keep your sprouts happy!
Note: The Oriental Mustard, a wonderful little brassica plant, has a unique root structure. Brassicas will show microscopic roots starting around day 3. They are called root hairs and are most visible just before Rinsing, when the sprouts are at their driest. When you Rinse, the root hairs will collapse back against the main root, becoming invisible once again. These root hairs impress many people as mold - but they are not. Now you know! If you have a magnifying glass, use it to take a closer look. Ahhh, another of Nature's marvels. Live and Learn. Live to Learn!
8-12 hours after your previous rinse
It's time to start your Lentils. We do not Green the Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard sprouts, when growing them for this mix, so you only need one Sprouter. You can use 2 if you have them. Our instructions call for mixing the seeds all together, after soaking the Lentils. If you choose not to do that, good for you!
Rinse and Drain your Fenugreek and Oriental Mustard mix. Prep 1/2 cup of Lentils Rinse your seeds to remove dust or debris.
Transfer your Lentils into your Sprouter (if necessary), or a bowl. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all. Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.
Drain off the soak water. You can use it - it has nutrients in it.
Mix the Lentils into the Oriental Mustard and Fenugreek mix.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water. Drain thoroughly.
Continue to Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours. You only need to do it 2-3 more times.
Finishing All of your sprouts will be done during day 5 or 6. When the Lentils have sprouted tiny (1/16 - 1/4 inch) roots - we consider Clem's Choice done.
Harvest Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final Rinse. After the final Rinse we need to Drain very thoroughly and let our sprouts dry a bit. If we minimize the surface moisture of our sprouts they store much better in refrigeration, so we let them sit for 8-12 hours....
Mix and Refrigerate Transfer your crop to a large bowl and gently toss them all together. Serve them or transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice and put them in your refrigerator. We offer Produce Storage Bags that will extend shelf life substantially.
*Seed to Use
These Lentils yield approximately 2:1. The Mustard and Fenugreek mix yields approximately 4:1. Feel free to sprout more than these instructions call for - once you get used to the crop. Just use your Sprouting Device's capacity as a guide.