Lentils: something I really don’t eat. However, my chickens can’t get enough of them!
Vitamin packed and so easy to grow, that if you fail at this… nope, na! You can’t, just trust me.
Scroll down to the bottom to watch a quick video on how to get these going.
Lentil sprouts are nutritious and worth while to grow for your animals. As I never eat the things, I will not just randomly recommend them for humans, but I hear good things other than the nutrition side.
You see, like a basic straight-up pinto bean, we can’t just throw one in our mouth, chew without expecting some problems, and then reap a ton of nutritional benefits. We have to cook or sprout these veggies to even enjoy them.
Just like drinking egg yolks provides you with so much less protein than cooked eggs: same goes for lentils.
Your body spends so much time and calories working on digesting this food, that in the end, you will end up passing the foods through your digestive track and they’ll be mostly undigested.
If anything, you’ll hurt and be gassy.
To counter that, we cook, or in this case, we sprout!
Here’s what you’ll need
Besides the jars, you’ll need some kind of mesh-like material. I have used old potato sacks, holes made in plastic lids, and lately marble nets? Yep, I keep it cheap.
Warning: Do Not Over Fill These Jars!
Start the first time with three table spoons full of lentils.
1: Put lentils in jar
2: Fill with water, about half of jar.
3: Let them sit for about 24 hours
4: Cover with mesh material
5: Use the ring and lock down the mesh material (store lid wherever you want)
6: Pour out old water
7: Rinse once more and place on a strainer. No sun required
8: Wait 12 hours and then rinse, repeat step 7
Do this for about 4-5 days. Every single day, you’ll see the tails get longer and longer. I don’t recommend going much further than that, because the tails start wrapping around each other and by this time, you’ve gotten the nutrients unlocked and multiplied for your needs.
Now, it is up to you. Feed these directly to your chickens or store them. Either way, you now have an awesome way to sprout lentils. After that? Start ding multiples. That way you’ll end up with plenty of jars in different stages of growth to feed to your animals and will never run out of supply.
This isn’t a main source of food, but it is a much more natural way to feed the chickens between whatever you buy them, scraps, and grazing.
Nutritional benefits: Contain vitamins A, B, C, and E. Zero fat, protein, folate and potassium, some healthy carbs.