My family has become obsessed with growing sprouts to eat on sandwiches and salads so I’m excited to share with you how to grow sprouts!
This has become a fun little gardening experiment for us that yields results in just a few days. I highly recommend growing alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, pea sprouts or any of the other varieties out there. There are so many yummy options. Here’s how to grow sprouts at home.
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Supplies for How to Grow Sprouts:
- Sprout seeds: I started with a selection from my local health food store but you can also order seeds online.
- Jar with draining lid or sprout growing kit: I have the two pictured above.
- – Chef’n Countertop Sprouter Growing Kit – this little kit looks great on the counter and has it’s own tidy draining system. So far I have only grown alfalfa seeds in this jar and it has worked perfectly despite losing a few seeds while draining water on the first day.
4 Pack Sprouting Lids Stainless Steel – this set of four lids fit on any wide-mouth jar, such as a pasta sauce jar. It works great and is old school just like mom and dad used back in the 80’s. There is a huge selections of Sprout Growing Options online.
- A draining dish and towel (optional
- filtered water
- In a clean sprout jar, add approximately 1 tablespoon of seeds. The amount of seeds will depend on the type of seeds and the size of the jar but somewhere between a teaspoon and a tablespoon is the sweet spot. Less is better, you can adjust next time. In this photo I have alfalfa sprout seeds on the left and mung bean sprout seeds on the right.
- Fill the jar with fresh filtered (if possible) water and let the seeds soak in a room temperature spot for 6-10 hours, depending on seed type. The packet should give instructions on how long a specific type of seed should soak.
- After the specified time, carefully drain the water through the lid so as not to lose many seeds but its ok if you lose a few. Set the jar upside-down in a room temperature spot in your home out of direct sunlight. Yes, I know mine are on the window sill in the photo above, don’t do that. Too steamy. Notice that I have set the jar on a paper towel at a slight angle. This is good. It allows the seeds to breath and drain properly.
- Every morning and evening, refill the jar with fresh filtered water and drain. This will give the sprouts enough water to grow but not drown. After 3-4 days you will have delicious sprouts to eat on sandwiches and salads (alfalfa, pea, clover, radish, broccoli sprouts etc) or noodle and stir-fry dishes (mung bean sprouts.)
- TIP: if you want to “green up” your sprouts, on the last day, set them in the window for a few hours.
- Store your sprouts in the fridge, where they will last for 3-4 days.
- Repeat the whole process because now you are addicted now that you know how to grow sprouts!
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