|Fresh homegrown sprouts|
The supplies needed for growing sprouts are minimal. Sprouts are high in nutrients, which will vary somewhat depending on what type of sprout, but most sprouts are high in vitamins A, C and B.
I used a wide mouth canning jar, organic sprout seeds, water, a tablespoon for measuring and some lids with screens. Some people also use cheesecloth as a screen, but I prefer these plastic jar toppers that can be easily cleaned. Since there is some risk of bacteria growing with sprouts, I make sure to keep everything as sanitary as possible.
|Sprout-Ease - Econo-Sprouter Toppers Set - 3 Piece(s)|
They are dishwasher safe or can also be disinfected with bleach or hydrogen peroxide and fit both Kerr and Ball wide-mouth canning jars.
|Kerr 0519 wide mouth jar quart, 32oz (case of 12)|
|Ball Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jars, Silver Lids pack of 12 (32 OZ)|
Easy DIY Instructions for Growing SproutsI usually start my sprouts in the evening since to get them started they should initially soak overnight. Measure out the sprout seeds and pour into a jar. Since it is easy to start a new batch, I tend to grow my sprouts in small amounts that we can eat within a day or two.
Measuring sprout seeds
Add 4 parts warm (not hot) water to 1 part seeds. For this batch I used one tablespoon of seeds, so I added 4 tablespoons of water.
|Measuring water and pouring into the jar|
Add the screen top. For most types of seeds, start with using the smallest screen lid. The medium size screen can be used for wheat and bean sprouts. Let the sprouts sit at room temperature in a dark place overnight.
The next morning, drain the water from the sprouts. The screened jar topper makes it easy. Although for this particular batch, I just poured the water down the drain, it is very nutritious and can be used in soups, teas or for watering your plants.
|Draining water from sprouts the first morning|
Next rinse the sprouts under tepid running water.
|Rinsing sprouts on the first morning|
Replace the strainer cap and drain out the water. The strainer cap makes it easy to drain the water while keeping the seeds.
|Draining water after rinsing the sprout seeds|
Set the jar at an angle over a bowl or some other container to allow any water to continue to drain and provide air circulation. Set the container in a relatively dark place at room temperature. I just leave mine in a corner of the kitchen counter.
|Setting the sprout jar at an angle over a container|
|Cover growing sprouts with a dish towel to keep them in the dark|
Rinse the sprouts every morning and evening in tepid water. The photo below was taken as I rinsed and drained the sprouts the 2nd morning. You can see they are already beginning to germinate.
|Seeds starting to sprout on the second morning about 32 hours after starting the sprouts|
On the third day, many of the seed hulls will separate from the sprouts so then switch screen tops to the one with the medium sized screen to allow the hulls to be rinsed away. The hulls are perfectly edible, but removing them helps to prevent mold problems. I also moved the sprouting jar from the dark location it was in for the first 2 days to a location near a shady window where the sprouts could get some indirect light.
|Sprouts on Day 3 placed in indirect light|
After a day exposed to indirect light, the sprouts will begin to show some green. Remember to continue to rinse and drain the sprouts each morning and evening.
|Sprouts Day 4|
After another day of indirect light and a total of 4-5 days after I started them, most of the hulls have been rinsed away, the sprouts are starting to form green leaves and they are ready to eat.
|Sprouts Day 5|
Nothing like some fresh sprouts on a pita bread sandwich.
|Fresh sprouts on a sandwich|