Since I became interested in growing my own food, I have been curious about sprouts. I love them! I buy them all the time. But, until recently I was never able to grow them myself. I worried about e. coli, all the rinsing, getting the right container, etc. Maybe it was laziness, I just don’t know what kept me from just giving it a shot. I’ve been hoarding different types of sprouting seeds and have read plenty of instructions and blog posts about it.
Finally, I’ve sprouted my own sprouts – and I love it.
A new year and it is time to fulfill a resolution from 4 years ago! I purchased a very cool jar from Mom’s Organic Market that has mesh on the top to make it really easy to rinse the sprouts. Equipped with the right container, I overcame another obstacle: disinfecting the seeds. All you need to do is soak the seeds in a 2% bleach solution (ie 1 tsp bleach to 1 cup hot water) for 15 minutes.
First I tried a “sandwich mix” – but I didn’t like that the different seeds had different sprouting times. My second attempt was with alfalfa sprouts and it was wonderful. I’m also planning on trying broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts, and more! It is so much fun to do and these sprouts are tastier and much cheaper than the ones you can buy in the store.
Here is the step by step process:
What You Need
- Seeds (I suggest finding sprouting seeds – I used organic seeds from Botanical Interests)
- Towel (I used this to keep the sprouts from direct sunlight until they sprouted – but not necessary)
- Measure 1.5 tablespoons of sprouting seeds.
- Disinfect your seeds by soaking them in a 2% bleach solution (1 tsp bleach to 1 cup hot water) for 15 minutes.
- Rinse well!
- Fill jar with enough water to cover seeds three times their depth with cool or room temperature water.
- Let soak overnight (8-12 hours).
- Pour off water and rinse with cool/room temperature water.
- Shake the jar gently to spread out the seeds.
- Away from direct sunlight (this is where I used by towel), let your jar sit.
- Rinse the sprouts 2-3 times a day by filling the jar and draining well.
- Harvest your sprouts when they are 1-2 inches long – it usually takes about 4-6 days.
- If you let your sprouts drain thoroughly, you can store them in the refrigerator in your produce drawer!