We usually are not a big spout eating family, but now that the hubster is expanding and experimenting with his lunch he packs for lunch every day, sprouts just bumped up on the ‘what the hubster will eat’ list.
Sprouts are actually REALLY easy to grow at home.
What you need:
- A large WIDE MOUTH mason jar
- a screw on lid with a screen – I made my own using some light screening material I found at the craft store, or you can use cheese cloth. You can also buy pre-made screened lids at your local health food store if you want to
- sprout seeds
How to grow your sprouts
- Place one to two tablespoons ( a thin layer) of seeds in your jar, and cover with warm water with about 2 inches extra. Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours or more.
- Drain the water, using your screen & lid
- Rinse the seeds by adding water to the jar, swishing the seeds around, and than drain again. I sit mine on a dish drainer for a few minutes before laying it on it’s side to allow growth.
- Do this twice a day, every day until your sprouts are the desired size. It can take up to seven days for the sprouts, depending on the kind of sprout you’re growing. I look for them to be small and just turning green.
- Store the sprouts in a baggie or covered bowl with a paper towel inside to absorb excess water. They should last you about a week.
Different types of beans you can sprout:
alfalfa, bean salad, mung , green lentil, clover, buckwheat, broccoli & radish
I’ve only tried the mung bean sprouts and we love, but I think I’m ready to venture out and try some other ones.
Would love to get some comments back from you if you sprout..
If you do, what kind is your favorite?