Sprouts are an excellent addition to your daily or weekly meal menu. They are a fantastic source of vitamins, fiber, protein and anti-oxidants.  In only a few days you can are easily germinate seeds for sprouting to produce healthy bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts and broccoli sprouts to name just a few.  It is easy to learn how to grow sprouts at home in simple glass Canning Jars.

Home grown sprouts are delicious eaten raw in salads or on sandwiches instead of lettuce. Sprouts can also be cooked and used in vegetable dishes, casseroles or soups.

The most common sprout people are familiar with are the Mung bean sprouts. Mung bean sprouts are usually found in Chinese food. Other popular sprouts are alfalfa, lentil and broccoli. There are many other types of edible sprouts that are easily growing in jars at home.

What You Need to Grow Sprouts

You only need a few basic items to grow sprouts in a jar at home.

  • Seeds for Sprouting
    • 2 Tablespoons of Alfalfa Seeds in 1 Quart Canning Jar
    • 2 Tablespoons of Broccoli Seeds in 1 Quart Canning Jar
    • 1/4 cup of Mung Bean Seeds in 1/2 Quart Canning Jar
  • Pure filtered water
  • Glass Wide Mouth Canning Jar – separate jar for each type of seed.
  • Screw top ring Lid
  • Wire Mesh Screens (stainless steel or aluminum) is preferred or Cheesecloth
  • Dish Rack for Draining Jars

Rinse – Swirl – Drain and Repeat Method

The most common method for growing sprouts is the Rinse, Swirl and Drain process as shown in the above video.

  1. Wash and dry the jars, lids and wire mesh thoroughly.
  2. Add your seeds using a separate jar for each type of seed.
  3. Place the wire screen and screw on the lid securely
  4. Add pure filtered warm water. Fill the jaw half way. Tap the jar on the counter to help dislodge any seeds on top of the water or stuck to the sides.
  5. Let the jar with the seeds and water sit for about 8 hours. Either overnight or during the day. Do not put the jar in the light, dark is better.
  6. After about 8 hours, turn the jar upside down and drain the water out. The wire mesh will keep the seeds in the jar. Some people like to use this “Seed Tea” to feed their house or garden plants.
  7. Shake the jar to spread the seeds out so they are not all clumped together near the lid.
  8. Place the jar upside down on your dish rack allowing it to continue draining and so air can circulate for another 8 hours or overnight.
  9. After 8 hours, or the next morning, repeat the process. Add water, swirl and drain. Place the jar on your draining rack and check on your seed sprouts making sure they do not dry out.
  10. About 8 hours later, rinse, swirl and drain. Check your sprouts to see if they are ready yet. They may need another day of the rinse, swirl and drain process.

Harvesting Your Sprouts

When the sprouts are ready, dump them into a bowl of water. Swirl them around and you will see the seed husks rise to the top. Skim and remove the hulls from the top of the water with a tablespoon.

Put the finished sprouts back into a jar and drain them for another 12 hours. Place them in the sunlight for a few hours so they will “green up”. The light activates chlorophyll that adds the green color to your sprouts. Don’t leave them in the sun for too long or they will become tough.

Store your sprouts in the refrigerator in a jar with an air tight lid. They are now ready to eat and enjoy.

Sprout Growing Safety Tips

Cleanliness is very important for safety. Clean your jars, lids and wire mesh. Don’t forget to wash your hands before handling the sprout seeds.

Use 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant. One teaspoon to a cup of water is good. Use this to disinfect your jars and even your seeds before your begin Sprouting. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal solution to use. Be sure that the hydrogen peroxide is the 3% Food Grade type. This can be found at most health food stores.

Only use certified (pathogen-free) seed. Make sure that the seed you buy to sprout at home specifically states that it is certified pathogen free. Certified organic sprout seed does not mean the seed is pathogen-free, nor does it mean organically grown seed poses any risk of illness. Sources of Certified pathogen free seed is available from Burpee Seed Co. and Sprout People to name two sources.

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