DIY: The Beginner’s Guide to Sprouting
Do you buy sprouts a lot? Sprouts are nutritious and can serve as a delicious garnish to your soups, salads, and sandwiches. Next time, you need sprouts, save yourself a trip to the supermarket, and make them yourself. All you need is a little prep and time.
What are sprouts?
Sprouts are greens that are formed a few days after seeds have germinated. They’re usually only about an inch or two long. In addition to being a good source of fiber, they also help boost blood circulation, digestion, and even your immune system. What’s more, they can prevent premature aging as well!
Ready to start sprouting? Here’s what you need to do.
1. Gather your materials:
You’ll need a mason jar, a cheesecloth or sprouting lid, and seeds (we recommend starting with alfalfa or broccoli seeds).
2. Soak the seeds:
Soak at least three tablespoons of seeds in about 2 cups of spring water or filtered water in a large mason jar for a minimum of 8 hours.
3. Drain the water:
After 8 hours, use your cheesecloth (or sprouting lid) and drain the water from the jar.
4. Rinse the seeds:
You’ll then have to lightly shake the jar, fill it with water, swirl the jar, and drain the water out again. Do this twice a day.
5. Let the seeds rest:
Keep your jar at a 45-degree angle, so the seeds can cling to the sides of the mason jar. Make sure that your jar is kept away from direct sunlight.
6. Watch your sprouts grow:
Based on the type of seed you used, you will have sprouts within a few days (usually between 4 and 6 days).
7. Air dry your sprouts:
Once your seeds have sprouted, transfer the sprouts onto a clean paper towel and let them air dry for at least an hour.
8. Transfer to a container:
Once the sprouts are completely dry, you can transfer them to a container. Make sure to use your sprouts within 7 days.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of how to do this, you can try sprouting other varieties of seeds including pea, bean, clover, and lentil!