Technique: Sprouted Wheat
How to Sprout Wheat Berries to make Sprouted Wheat Flour:
1. At a local health-food store, purchase at least 2 cups of wheat berries. If your goal for this flour is to make bread or muffins, buy Hard Red Wheat Berries. If your goal is to make pastries, cookies or cakes, buy Soft White Wheat Berries. Either variety will work well to thicken a gravy or casserole.
2. In a two-quart sprouting jar, pour 2 cups of wheat berries. Return the mesh lid to the jar.
3. Fill the jar 3/4 full with filtered water and soak the berries overnight or for 8 hours.
4. After soaking, drain off the soaking water. Rinse the berries by refilling the jar with water and allowing it to overflow until the foam subsides. Drain off the water again and rest jar upside down at a 60˚ angle in a large bowl or like I use above, an old dish rack. When you tip the jar, allow the wheat berries to rest along the full length of the jar, carefully not to fully cover the mesh lid. If using a bowl, make sure the mesh end of the jar is not flush against the bowl. It needs breathing room to prevent mold on the berries.
5. Rinse the wheat berries morning and night until the berries just barely begin to sprout. The little wheat berries look a bit like a brown version of a very small olive with a little pimento sticking out, when they are ready to be dehydrated.
6. Once sprouted, the wheat berries need to be thoroughly dried to prevent mold using either a dehydrator or an oven, both set to 150˚. I use a dehydrator because it can take 10-24 hours to dry the berries, more time than I would like to keep my oven running. Pour the wheat berries onto a mesh dehydrator tray or oven sheet pan, as seen above.
7. Spread the berries evenly using a spatula or your fingers. Dehydrate in the oven or a dehydrator for 10-24 hours at 150˚ until fully dry. Bite down on a kernel to test for dryness. It should be crunchy. Allow to cool fully before storage.
8. Sprouted wheat berries may now be ground in a grain mill using the same technique as un-sprouted wheat berries.