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Sprouting grains

Sprouting grains does take a bit of time to do, but it really simple! Plus the nutritional value, taste, and texture make any effort worth it!
Prep Time5 mins
resting time1 d
Total Time1 d 5 mins
Course: grains
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall salad ideas, how to sprout grains, sprouted barley, sprouted grains
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • mason jar, sprouting lids or cheesecloth.


  • 1 cup barley or other grain of choice I have also done white wheat and rye with great results on both
  • water enough to cover the grains with about 1-2 inches over.


  • Rinse your grains well.
    Place in a mason quart canning jar.
    Add enough cool water to cover the grains about 2 inches over.
    Allow the grains to sit in the water about an hour. It is good to cover your grains, just so no bugs happen in. You can either use a sprouting lid, like I did, or even cheesecloth.
    Rinse, fill with water again to cover and allow to sit another hour.
    Rinse again and tip your jar upside down to drain. I balanced mine upside down in a small bowl. The jar will need to be covered with a sprouting lid or cheesecloth tied on with a rubberband.
    The grains will need to sit like this for about 12-36 hours. This will depend on the temperature of your house and the grains.
    I like to use mine after I see the small sprout starting to poke out. The grains will be nice and tender at this point. You can let them continue to grow if you prefer, up to about 1/4 inch.
    For the salad I created with this recipe, I boiled about 4 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt. Once it came to a boil, I added the grains and allowed them to boil about 5 minutes. Once it had boiled for the time, I drained and added to the salad.
    Whatever you don't use right away, refrigerate for safety. I have never had anything happen, but better to be safe!
    Now, sit back and enjoy any way you prefer!! You deserve it!