Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Sprout Buckwheat Groats

Step 1: Place the buckwheat groats in a strainer and rinse thoroughly. Place in a large, glass Pyrex bowl with a lid and cover with filtered water. Soak overnight, about 8 hrs.

Step 2: Pour groats into a strainer and rinse thoroughly to remove all of the slime.

Step 3: Let the groats drain over the sink until they stop leaking then set them back over your Pyrex bowl and put the lid on. Now you have to let them do their magic : ) Just rinse them under cool water 1-2 times a day to keep them moist. Let them drain for a minute and put them back on the Pyrex bowl with the lid on.

Step 4: Enjoy your beautifully sprouted buckwheat groats : ) You can let them sit too long and their tails get so long. I try to stop them just when you see the tails starting to grow. You can see I did NOT do that with these, woops!

I like to dehydrate these so they're ready to use. I have made my granola with them dehydrated and not and it turns out so much better when these are a little dried out first. Besides, I can keep them in the freezer once they're dehydrated and have them ready to add to my recipe. I dehydrate them at 105 for 6-8 hrs.

Check out a recipe for them HERE and HERE. They are so full of nutrition and definitely worth the time.

Click HERE for a printable version.



Permission to Mother said...

I've been waiting for more detailed info on buckwheat sprouts. So thank you for this post!. How much dry buckwheat did you start with?

TheFitnessFreak said...

I started out with about 2 cups. I like to make it the base for my granola so I do quite a bit at the same time. Just make sure to cover it with water about an inch over the groats because it does swell. Have fun with it!

Nicole said...

Great post and helpful pictures. I wanted to make buckwheaties cereal this week. I will be breaking out the ole dehydrator!

TheFitnessFreak said...

I'm so glad it was helpful Nicole! Buckwheat cereal is oh so yummy :D

ben said...

I was thinking of just soaking the buckwheat overnight (2 cups of milk for 1 cup of grain), for a porridge in the morning.

What is the advantage of sprouting the grain?

TheFitnessFreak said...

When you sprout groats they become a vegetable instead of a grain. That transformation makes them easier to digest. Soaking them helps break them down and soften them so it's a must before making them into porridge. You should soak them in water just like stated above, then rinse and make your porridge. You can skip the sprouting as it is not necessary for that application. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the lesson, incredibly helpful! After I have left them to soak then rinsed them, how long should I leave the groats to sprout before being ready to dehydrate?

Thanks again :)

TheFitnessFreak said...

You want them to sprout just until they have tiny little white sprouts sticking out. Good luck!