Exceptional versatility and nutritional value make sesame seed sprouts a worthwhile endeavor. The process is easy as long as you have a few minutes per day to tend to the sprouts. The most important things are cleanliness and proper preparation, since sprouts do carry some risk for development of bacteria such as E. coli if they are not handled correctly.
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Food Safety and Sprouts
- When properly prepared, sesame seed sprouts can be eaten raw; however, you can reduce the risk of bacteria by cooking the sprouts first.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling sprouts or sprouting materials.
- Sterilize the materials used prior to starting.
- Once you are ready, keep the sprouts refrigerated in a sealed glass jar or other airtight container.
- Do not consume sprouts if they have been sitting out.
- Eat sprouts within three days. Do not eat sprouts that appear moldy or smell rancid.
Sprouting Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds take two to three days to sprout. Start by soaking sesame seeds in a glass jar filled one-third full with seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and topped with water. After eight hours of soaking, drain the seeds and rinse them thoroughly before draining them again. From here, leave your seeds to sprout in a sunny window, repeating the rinsing-and-draining process every four hours or at least twice per day until sprouts form.
Sesame seed sprouts are easy to include in many dishes. They can be steamed, boiled, microwaved, or panfried to cook before adding them to raw dishes. Try tossing them on top of soup or salad, or use them in sandwiches, wraps and stir-fries.