Saturday, April 7, 2012

How-To: Growing Sprouts


Did you know you can grow your own sprouts, in your kitchen, in a mason jar?  It's basically that easy and only takes about 10 days until they're ready to be thrown on a salad or sandwich.  The most popular sprout may be alfalfa which is what I grew my first time around.  Come to find out though there are many many different seeds that can sprout into these crunchy edible garnishes.  And each of them have a different flavor whether it be zesty, spicy, earthy, you name it.  You can grow leafy sprouts, bean sprouts, and even nuts! Give it a shot.  You can get sprouting seeds at health food stores including Whole Foods, your local nursery (mine had 3 varieties) or you can order them online from Sprout People.

What you need:


-1 Tbsp of sprouting seeds
-1 quart-size mason jar with ring
-1 - 6 inch x 6 inch square of cheesecloth (I doubled mine in thickness)




First, put a Tbsp of your sprouting seeds in the mason jar and fill halfway full with lukewarm water. Place the cheesecloth over the top of the jar and screw on the ring. Let them soak overnight in the water.





Strain out the water the next morning by just tipping the jar over in the sink.  The water will come out the cheesecloth but the seeds with not.  Fill back with lukewarm water, swish around a couple times and pour the water out again.  You will do this "rinse process" twice a day...just morning and night.  You will start to see you sprouts emerge and grow over time.  You don't want excess water in the bottom of the jar so if you need to leave the jar on it's side on a kitchen towel for awhile, that will help drain out all the water. 




The container should not be in the sun.  I've heard it's best in darkness, but mine was just on the counter under the cabinets and it did fine. When the sprouts are about 1.5-2 inches long or have their first little green leaves they are ready to be used! Rinse the sprouts and pat them dry on a paper towel.  Store in the fridge for up to a week!




8 comments:

  1. looks simple enough!! can all seeds be sprouted using this same technique in the mason jar? i would love to try this.

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    1. The best way to ensure they will sprout is to find specific "sprouting seeds" at your Whole Food stores or online. Although, it would never hurt to try what you have on hand! Please let us know what you try and what works

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  2. I am so trying that. I love your strainer and your cloth. adds alot of spark to your photos.

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    1. Thanks, Connie! Let me know if you try the sprouts and which kind

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  3. My kids love having their own bottle to grow their own sprouts. Easy and simple way to do something together.

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  4. I have used this method many times. I use a Bounty paper towel soaked in water and leave it in the jar if I can't rinse daily. Prevents drying out on you. Good Luck and Happy Healthy Eating

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  5. I lost my screens for the Mason jar lids long ago and was hoping I could use cheesecloth. So excited to revive sprouting.

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