“How do you store sprouted grains, and how long do they last?” asks Sue for today's #AskWardee. I'm sharing my answer below!
Would you please tell me how long dehydrated sprouted wheat grains last? What is the best way to store them? Since it is drier here in the winter, I would like to sprout and dehydrate a lot of grains.
Let's say you want to make cookies or muffins. Prior to Traditional Cooking, you'd just get your ingredients, mix, and bake. Right?
But NOW, people like me say “No, no, no, no, no, no…. you need to SOAK THAT!”
Which means a delay. You can't just go into the kitchen and make cookies. Or can you?
Yes, you can! One of the grain prep methods is sprouting. You sprout your whole grain berries, dehydrate until dry, and then make sprouted flour to use for those cookies!
You're doing all the work up front. So then when you say, “I want to make cookies” you can actually … just bake them. No delay.
This is why I *love* sprouting and why we talk about it a lot inside Traditional Cooking School.
Sprouting is just 1 of the grain prep methods to make grains more digestible and nutritious.
It's better than soaking but not quite as good as sourdough. However, it allows you to make your baked goods FAST because if your grain is pre-sprouted, it's already prepped. Just mix and bake.
Storing Sprouted Grains/Flour
The process of sprouting converts the oil in the berries, making it less volatile and less susceptible to rancidity. Therefore, sprouted grains are somewhat easier to store.
You still store them the way you store your other grains — as airtight, dry, and dark as you can. Stored well, grains will keep many years. Sprouted grains are the same.
Sprouted Berries: Store airtight and as cool as you can, and they'll keep for months. If storing longer, use cold storage or store in oxygen-free containers, such as vacuum-sealed.
Sprouted Flour: Grind only what you need to use. Store any unused flour in the fridge or freezer. Sprouted flour will keep in cold storage for a few weeks to a few months.
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Do you love having sprouted grains around for quick baking? How do you store sprouted grains and sprouted flour?
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