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How to Grow Your own Sprouts

Got a jar? Got some seeds? It's really that simple...

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Got a jar? Got some seeds? It's really that simple...

Start with a CLEAN Mason jar, or any other jar with a mesh or breathable lid. Fill with up to 2 tablespoons of sprouting seeds or beans. Choose from broccoli, alfalfa, peas, or a variety. Mine were a 5 part mix from our local co-op. They also make protein blends, or just stick with one type.

Ready for overnight soak.

Ready for overnight soak.

Cover seeds/beans with water and allow to soak overnight. In the morning remove any floaters, drain water, and place jar upside-down, at an angle, in a bowl to allow for drainage. This is when the magic starts, by rinsing daily, it keeps the seeds/beans moist and hydrated to allow for a quick growing session (only 5-7 days).

Ready to grow!

Ready to grow!

Patience will be needed...

Rinsing daily, 2-3 times per day and allowing for drainage will give them the perfect germ free environment to grow. Lucky for me I have a younger kid who enjoys this kind of thing, so he reminded me that they needed to be rinsed. If you only do it morning and night, it will work, they may just take longer to grow. They need a nice moist environment, so if your house tends to be on the dry side in the winter, they may need to be rinsed more often. I kept mine in the kitchen, on the counter, out of direct sunlight.

Day 2-3

Day 2-3

As soon as sprouts start to grow, just keep them rinsed and moist!

Day 4-5

Day 4-5

Depending on how big you want them, you can begin to eat them as soon as they start to fill the jar and get their green tops. Again, just keep rinsing daily and returning to the bowl at an angle to allow for drainage, emptying the bowl as needed.

Last day!

Last day!

Inside of a week you will have yummy sprouts and a great addition to your sandwiches, salads, or on top of anything! Eat the seeds with them for any extra punch of protein, or gently shake off the seeds using a strainer. Keep in the fridge for up to one week (although I don't think they will last that long). They may keep growing a bit, but the coolness of the fridge will slow them down. Start many jars a few days apart for a constant supply through the winter time, or anytime! Sprouting lids can be found at your local foods store, Amazon.com, or make your own from a piece of screen or wire mesh cut to size for your canning lid.

Ready to enjoy!

Ready to enjoy!

Experiment with different types of seeds and beans. Once I get my fill, I will start a batch of microgreens...follow me for that project later!

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Comments (12)

  • I do this with several types of sprouts. They are so much nicer than the ones you get from the store. And you can make so many varieties and mix in same jar.

      9 months ago
    • Yup! My kid ate some of them today with his pasta, trying to figure out which ones were ‘spicy’ i am thinking peppery, but we had a 5 part blend, and he said they taste like broccoli 🤣

        9 months ago
    • They are so good for you. It’s great to get kids on the right track on eating nutritious food.

        9 months ago
  • Really nice article and just shows that everyone can get involved!! They look yummy too. I grow sprouts but this seems a better and more convenient way. Thank you

      9 months ago
  • Nice post. I'll have to get me a lid and some seeds.

      9 months ago
    • My first batch ever i actually just used a nail and poked holes in a jelly jar lid, and used a tsp worth of seeds to see if it would work, then i invested in the lid and bigger jars :-)

        9 months ago
    • I have plenty of jars so I would just need the lid and seeds.

        9 months ago
  • I'm very interested in doing this too.

    Could I make my own breathable lid by piercing small holes in an ordinary tin lid?

      8 months ago
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