Growing wheatgrass at home is easy!
Wheatgrass is easy to grow at home, and the benefits are fantastic for your health. In this article, not only will it inform you of the step by step process of growing your wheatgrass, but it will also give you a few recipes you can try out. It is an excellent way of sneaking in nutrition into your cooking. This is great for people who do not like the taste of wheatgrass in juice form. By combining it into what you are cooking or baking, it will not only add color to your dish; it will also give you all the goodness, vitamins, and minerals that come with it. Wheatgrass is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, Vitamins A, C, and E. This superfood is said to eliminate toxins in the body, helps in digestion, and boosts metabolism. It can also lower your cholesterol and boost your immune system, which is very important these days.
Steps on how to grow your own wheatgrass at home
Soaking the grains:
- Buy a pack of wheatgrass and make sure that they are organically grown. You do not want to consume anything that has been treated with pesticides
- Pour the grains into a plastic container with a lid, poke small holes in the top to make draining easier later.
- Fill the container with water, about one to two inches above the surface of the grains.
- Close the lid.
- Let the grains soak for 15 to 20 hours. This is to soften the outer layer of the grain to start the sprouting process.
- After 15 to 20 hours, drain the water, tilt the container to its side and let the water flow out of the holes of the lid.
- Place the jar in a horizontal position for 15 hours in indirect sunlight.
- After 15 hours, add water, rinse and drain.
- Leave the grains in the jar for another 45 hours, you will see sprouts growing on the tips of the grains.
Day 1 in the growing tray
- At the sprouting stage, prepare your growing tray, combine 60% soil to 40% organic compost.
- The tray should have holes at the bottom for proper drainage; if the soil is inadequately drained, your entire crop might grow molds.
- Place at least an inch of soil in your tray.
- Spread your grains evenly on top of the tray.
- Water the tray thoroughly.
- Place the tray in indirect sunlight.
- Water daily.
- After five days, your wheatgrass would have fully grown. This is the right time to harvest the grass for juicing. Your grass would have grown 5 to 6 inches.
- It is possible to cut the grass and allow it to regrow for a second time, but the blades will not be as thick and lush as the first harvest.
- You can plant your wheatgrass every five days to ensure a steady supply of wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass Muscovado Bread
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
⅓ cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon salt
3 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 oz juiced wheatgrass
1/2 cup or Muscavado sugar
1 cup sunflower seeds
1.In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey, wheatgrass
2. Add 5 cups white bread flour, mix together. Let set for 30 minutes
3. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt and muscovado sugar
4. Mix in 2 cups whole wheat flour.
5. Lightly flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until it is no longer sticky. If it still sticks to the surface of the board, you can add up to a cup more of flour
6. Add the sunflower seeds
7. Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a dishtowel. Let it rise until it has doubled in size.
8.Divide the dough into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow it to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
9. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.
How about a healthier cookie? Try the Whetgrass cookie recipe. It's not your typical cookie but it is a good way to add a bit more nutrition into your dessert!
- 4 oz wheatgrass juice
- 200 g butter
- 400 g wheat flour
- 1 TSP baking powder
- 8 TSP brown sugar
- 50 ml of milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1, Mix all the dry ingredients
2. Add butter and mix well.
3. Add milk and wheatgrass juice. Knead until you get a smooth dough
4. Flour your board and roll out your dough
5. Using a cookie cutter, cut out your cookie shape.
6. Place your cookie dough on a tray a few inches apart.
7.Place some pumpkin seeds on top of the cookies
8. Bake in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees F
9. Let cool and serve.
We have all heard of squid ink or spinach pasta. Why not wheatgrass? It's a great way of sneaking in a whole lot of nutrition into your food. You can use this pasta with your preferred pasta sauce.
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 TBSP Water
- 1/2 TSP Salt
- 1 oz wheatgrass juice
1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt
2. Make a well in the middle of the flour/salt mixture
3. Add egg
4. Add Wheatgrass
5.With an Omega Nutrition System, change the juicing cone for the blank cone, choose your preferred pasta nozzle
6.Put dough through the chute and cut noodles to preferred length
Wheatgrass dumpling wrapper recipe
This recipe will give you a delightfully green dumpling wrapper. It goes well with seafood or pork stuffing. The added wheatgrass juice will bring more nutritional value to this dish.
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1/4 TSP Salt
- 1/2 cup boiling Water
- 1/4 cup wheatgrass juice
1. Add 2 cups flour and 1/4 tsp salt to a bowl.
2. Slowly pour in 1/2 cup boiling water. Mix.
3. Pour in Wheatgrass juice
4. Once the flour is mixed in, firmly press down on the mixture to stick together.
5. Keep on folding in the dough over, pushing down and turning over to work the dough until it can be shaped into a ball.
6. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over it. Continue to press and fold the dough to work in the oil.
7. Shape the dough into a ball
8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 1 hour.
9. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface.
10. Roll out the dough to about 1/4″.
11. Cut into 3" rounds.
12. Stuff with prepared filling and cook as desired.
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