Originally published by davidkeas.com.
We must all be prepared for the coming storm that the prophets have told us is on the way. God will overcome it, but we must still prepare our food supply, such as dried grains. We have been told: Brace For Impact! US Will Face Turbulent Times, Judgments & Darkness Ahead- God Knows the Time
Based on the references below, this is generally what I have done to make very young sprouts with no green growth yet suited for cooking. They have a higher protein level and more minerals absorbed from the water, which become more bioavailable than simply drinking the water and eating the ground grains, as is more traditionally done.
I put red beans in a jar, which are easier to sprout than Pinto beans, and lay it on its side with the lid on for the first two soakings, so the beans don’t get jammed in place when they swell. The jar is filled with a water / H2O2 mix, kept covered in darkness, and in a warm area for a total of 36 to 40 hours, and they begin to germinate after 24 hours. They must be rinsed a couple of times at a shorter interval with a mixture of water with hydrogen peroxide added, then rinsed every 12 hours until they are removed to cook. Trying to keep them sprouting while submerged in the water longer than, say, 40 hours can cause spoilage, so I prefer to stop at that point.
I put the seeds in a jar and fill it up with water and keep them covered in darkness in a warm area – 70 to 80 degrees F is optimal, but dropping down to 60 won’t hurt. I initially rinse them after three to six hours, then again after 10 to 12 hours. They then get rinsed every 12 hours until you give them a final freshwater rinsing and they’re ready to cook. These instructions are not rigid. You could simply rinse them every 12 hours. See the below references for various ratios of mixing hydrogen peroxide into water. I start with 1 tbsp of H2O2 per quart of water with about 1/3 of the quart container filled with the seeds. After the initial soaking, I may cut back the concentration of H2O2 a bit, say by one-third. I also like to use a spray bottle set to a stream setting to spray the hydrogen peroxide into the stream of water coming from the fixture into my container to aid mixing.
Mix Ratio of H2O2 to water
|Interval||Peroxide / Water mix (note: I have found our well water to be higher quality than the machine processed water available at our local shopping center. It stores much longer without mold forming. Even though the machine water claims to use UV light to kill pathogens.)|
|First Soak – 4 to 6 hours||1 tbsp to 1 quart — (or 14.7 ml to 1 liter)|
|Second Soak – 10 to 12 hours||1 tbsp to 1 quart|
|Third Soak – 12 hours||May cut back a bit on H2O2|
|Fourth and final soak – 12 hours||May cut back a bit on H2O2|
The above hours add up to 36 to 40 hours total.
I will start with a reference that recommends less hydrogen peroxide than my preference. They recommend 3ml of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide to 1 liter of water. That is about 1/4th of what I prefer to start the sprouts with, but it might be great for the second day or more economical for watering what you plant in the ground, which is the context of their recommendation. Even this more mild mix causes seeds planted to germinate faster and kills pathogens in the soil. As a side note: I sometimes cook my potting dirt in a sun oven to kill weed seeds in native dug-up soil.
I found this site incredibly insightful to understanding the why behind using hydrogen peroxide, which chemically is water that has an extra atom of oxygen:
Balcony Garden Web quote:
“Seeds have nutrients stored in them, and to convert them to energy successfully, they require a significant amount of oxygen. As seeds, when you plant them, absorb oxygen through their outer coating, it becomes essential that they can do it well. As the seeds mature, their outer shell becomes harder and harder over time, reducing the oxygen level they absorb. To help them in the process, you can use hydrogen peroxide to soften down the outer layer.”
The video below mentions a 1 to 10 ratio of H2O2 to water, which I think is too strong a concentration. Perhaps you could use something this strong if you were trying to sprout old seeds.
This video is geared toward planting the seeds in the ground, and they recommend a 24 hour soaking period for this purpose, which makes sense as too long a soak would make the delicate shoots susceptible to being broken as you planted them.
The below reference takes a different approach and recommends using the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide straight out of the bottle for a 5-minute pre-soak. I would only use this method if my seeds were contaminated with mold or bacteria. They also mention that the seed’s outer layer is where bacteria are most likely to reside. They also recommend squirting the seeds with water after this pre-soak to help brush off debris from the out layer of the seeds. Overall they follow the traditional approach of misting sprouts with a squirt bottle three times a day. This approach means you have to ensure your sprouts don’t dry out too much. The method I use is easier because you keep them submerged in water/H2O2 solution and rinse them at the appropriate interval.
Our family keeps a stock of hydrogen peroxide handy, especially in a post-COVID world where the medical establishment pushes dictatorial policies on good doctors below them, under threat of suspending their license. So many policy setters cannot be trusted anymore. People attempting to find better solutions than vaccines have used hydrogen peroxide as a nasal rinse using a glass bottle atomizer shown below as an immediate treatment for COVID. It has many uses and should be a part of your emergency preparedness locker. (One off-topic use I put my mister to with pure water is to re-moisten older bread I will put in the toaster 😀 – makes new bread out of old.)
(For educational use only)
Originally published by davidkeas.com.
Author: David Keas
David Keas grew up on the Central Coast of California in a little town called Los Osos. After graduating from San Jose State in 1983, he went into the Navy and spent most of his 15 years there doing aviation maintenance management which gave him the opportunity to design administrative and operational processes, which he enjoys. His last 20 years have been spent doing various different things with software and construction. He is drawn towards supporting government leaders in developing public policy. Visit his personal blog at davidkeas.com.