Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sprouting 101 (How to Grow Your Own Sprouts)

Growing your own sprouts is so easy and the health benefits are numerous.  Sprouts add flavor and crunch to salads, sandwiches, on top of veggie burgers, or are delicious by the handful on their own. (By the handful is the preferred method of my girls. They will finish off my sprouts faster than I can grow them!)

There are huge variety out there of seeds you can sprout. The ones I have enjoyed sprouting are lentils, raw sunflower seeds, chic peas, alfalfa, arugula and other various lettuce seeds. You can find more ideas here. In the picture below you'll find some recent lentil and alfalfa seeds that I sprouted. (And were subsequently devoured by my kids!)

Sprouting 101 (How to Grow Your Own Sprouts)
((Printable Directions))

Things you'll need:
wide mouth jar plus the outer ring
seeds for sprouting
sprouting seeds

1. Place about 2 tablespoons of seeds in your jar. Cover with at least 2 inches of water, then cover the top of the lid with some cheesecloth and screw on the outer ring of your wide mouth jar. (Save the inner lid for later.) Set aside overnight.

2. In the morning, drain your seeds through the cheesecloth. Turn the jar upside down and allow it to drain. I like to place my jar in a bowl up against the wall so it drains at a slight angle, allowing the seeds to cover the full side of the jar.

3. Rinse and swish the seeds around twice daily. Propping the jar up to drain as mentioned in step 2. Continue doing this for about 3-5 days until your sprouts begin to form. The sprouts are best when they are still small.

4. You can sort through the sprouts to pull out any that didn't sprout, but I just keep everything in the jar, place a slightly damp paper towel folded up inside, and store them with the lid and outer ring on. Store your sprouts in the refrigerator.

I'm not a big lunch eater, but lettuce sprouts make the perfect lunch along with some chia seeds, almonds, and a carrot. 

I'll also serve sprouts as an appetizer with assorted veggies and homemade hummus



  1. Love this Mama J! Wonderful information :)

  2. Sprouting is so much fun and it is such a great sub in when you need that something special. Great Job thanks for this.

  3. This is great in colder climates as well to have a fresh source of fresh veggies in the winter. great article.

  4. My mom and I have been sprouting since 1970 ! We love them any time of the year but winter is best when you live in a climate where the snow falls early and stays a long time. Try radish, pea broccoli ,and onion, Delicious !