Originally Posted by mamaMAMAma
I'm a little confused. What do you call mixing the flour, water and yeast and letting it stand overnight before you add in the rest of the ingredients? Is that more like sourdough?
And sprouting is if you soak the grain, dehydrate it and then grind it?
Just want to get my terminology straight here...
Yes, sourdough is made by letting the flour, water, and yeast sit for one day or longer. Any time you let the yeast sit with the flour and water before cooking, the yeast starts working on and predigesting the flour.
Soaking grains neutralizes the phytates, but soaking does not equal sprouting. You usually do soak grains before sprouting, but with sprouting, after the soaking process, you usually drain and rinse and let sit for a few days while misting or rinsing periodically until the grains/seeds germinate.
A lot of great things happen when a seed germinates since it is going from a dormant phase into a phase that is supposed to support the growth of a new plant. Many grains increase their E and B vitamin as well as protein content substantially during the sprouting process. Also, the sprouts are full of enzymes that start the chemical process of creating a new developing plant, which can help with digestion.