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When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen. I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also liked them. I quickly realized that I should be growing my own sprouts!
There are so many great reasons to grow your own sprouts. It is convenient to grow them right in your own kitchen. It is more cost effective and eco-friendly than driving to the store and purchasing commercially grown sprouts. Commercially grown sprouts have also been associated with some bacterial contamination (like salmonella), which although is a very low risk, can be better avoided by caring for your own sprouts. And sprouts are nutritious – they have been grown for over 5,000 years!
Sprouts come in many varieties. Popular seeds that are often found that the grocery store include alfalfa, broccoli or clover. You can also sprout different kinds of legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc), grains (such as wheatgrass or barley), and micro-greens (such as cabbage, beets, or arugula).
Beet sprouts! Aren’t they pretty?
Alfalfa is a good introduction to sprouting, has a mild flavor, and it is generally easier to find than other varieties. You can find so many different kinds of seeds as well as blends of seeds, each of which has their own set of instructions. If you can’t find sprouts at a local health food store or garden center, check online. You may want to try smaller quantities of seeds to see which you like best, before committing to buying a larger bag.
You will also need sprouting supplies. This can be something like a tray system or bag, or as simple as sprouting lids that you use on a canning jar. I use a glass Ball canning jar, and a set of lids with various mesh sizes. You can also trying simply using a bowl, as long as you can adequately drain the seeds.
~ For your first step, soak the seeds for 8-12 hours. 2 tablespoons of seeds will yield about 4 cups of sprouts – just remember that each type of seed varies.
~ Rinse and drain well. Continue to rinse every 8-12 hours. The water from rinsing the seeds are full of nutrients, and great for watering houseplants! Keep the alfalfa seeds in indirect light.
~ The seeds will begin to sprout quickly – you should see some growth within a day or two.
~Within about 5-6 days, your sprouts will be turning dark green and are almost ready to eat! At this point, you can move the sprouts so that they get more light (indirect), to help them “green up”.
~ Store your sprouts in the refrigerator about 8-12 hours after the last rinse. You can rinse the sprouts in a bowl to remove hulls (as they will rise to the surface), but it is not necessary. Make sure the sprouts are well-drained and reasonably dry, and then place in a bag or other sealed container, otherwise they will dry out.
Sprouting is a great activity for children to participate in. Since sprouts grow so quickly, it is a teaching tool to show kids the process of growing. My kids like a toasted pita pocket or toasted bread with some mayonnaise and sprouts.
Sprouts are a very versatile food – you can make sandwiches, salads, and so much more with sprouts.
Sprouts are wonderful to eat and incorporate into salad. Easy to do and fun to watch grow.
Such a healthy spring food! Great that you make your own! This is a fun thing to do with your kids too and I really love the crunch of sprouts in salads.
I don’t even see the sprouts in the market so I would have to grow them myself. I need to find the seeds but it is great that they are ready in about a week or less.
Sadly, I don’t have a green thumb. I was doing well this spring with a bunch of cilantro indoors with a grow light, but then, all of a sudden, I started getting mold and mushrooms. I even tried catnip once for my kitty – and they never grew. 🙁
Beet sprouts?? I never knew they existed and I LOVE beets. Those look so yummy. Going to have to give them a try.
I have never grown any sprouts before. We don’t have great soil here but I don’t have a green thumb. I so wish I could.
We love sprouts, favourite being Chickpeas. Off late we have not been growing our own sprouts. But motivated looking at your post. We eat sprouts with a general sprinkling of spices.
I’d love to grow my own sprouts! I actually really enjoy eating them myself so this would be great for me to do!
My Mom used to grow these sprouts when we were little! I remember enjoying them on my salad. Thank you for reminding me about this delicious and healthy snack.
We don’t have a gardening space at home to grow any vegetables but it’s a good thing that you can start seeding sprouts with only a small jar. It’s also nice to involve kids so they will learn how easy the process is.
I might have to try these. I could put them in my sandwiches. My daughter does like to grow stuff!
I love that you can even sprout beet seeds! I need to get these jars and start sprouting.
I would love to try growing sprouts at home. I need to get some of those mesh lids.
You are so right, these are so easy to do. I have a neighbor who has a real sprout farm, though, and so I buy my weekly amount from him. Isn’t that cool?
I always hear so many wonderful things about sprouts, I have to look into giving this a try.
I’ve always wanted to grow my own sprouts. Thanks for the guide
Learning to grow sprouts at home is an amazing way to increase your nutrient status without having to drop a ton of cash.
Growing sprouts at home are shockingly simple and you don’t need any fancy or expensive equipment to get started. Thanks for sharing this
This is so fascinating. I love easy peasy growing projects especially ones you can eat!
I love this! I should start growing some sprouts with the kids. I think they would really enjoy watching them grow.
I never think to eat sprouts. They look easy and fun to grow though. My kids would enjoy that.
I think I really need to try these, this is such a really healthy food. I love it!
I’ve never try this before, they look so easy to grow though. Thank you so much for sharing this guide.
It seems so easy to grow sprouts at home, and I need only few things. Maybe I should try!
I am totally loving this and would love to grow sprouts myself! So cool an definitely grabbing what I need to do this. My aunt used to always make me sandwiches with sprouts and they were sooo good! Thank you for sharing and bookmarking to come back to make some for me and my family.