Storage and Sprouted Pulses
When buying dried pulses they should look plump and shiny and stored in a cool dark place in an airtight container. Although they can be kept for up to 12 months, they toughen over time, so unless you are regularly using larger amounts in cooking, its best to buy pulses in smaller amounts (500g-1kg packs)
Sprouted pulses are those that have germinated, meaning they have started to grow. They can be bought, but they can be expensive and have a short shelf life.
Lots of pulses can be sprouted, the benefits of this are that once the seed has germinated, its nutritional value increases substantially. They can then be used in salads and sandwiches to add a lovely crunch and different flavours.
Pulses can easily be freshly sprouted at home in the amounts needed using a jam jar with a piece of muslin secured over the top by an elastic band.
Douse the pulses in water in the jar before immediately draining through the muslin lid each day, making sure they stay well drained or they could start to ferment, it will take around 2-4 days for the sprouts to grow depending on the size of the pulse.
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