Learn Growing Sprouts at home in this Sprouting Guide. It doesn’t take more than 2 minutes in the process, and you get nutrient-rich sprouts to eat every day!
If you’re heading towards having a healthier lifestyle–growing sprouts and adding them in your diet is one of the first few things you should do. Sprouts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you’ll ever eat. You can sprout year round, especially in the winter when fresh food is not plentiful.
Sprouting is super easy, takes 2 minutes each day and saves a lot of money than buying them from the grocery store. Plus, it’s incredibly fun to see the process of how seeds become plants.
Here’s how to grow sprouts at home
1. Buy your seeds
You may find them in smaller packages at a grocery store, but you can also buy them in bulk. Stick to the seeds that are most versatile and simplest to grow. For example, mung beans, lentils, clover, broccoli, fenugreek, chickpea, and alfalfa. Avoid alfalfa if you have arthritis or inflammation issues.
2. Get a container
A mason jar works well here. But you can do this in any container that is food grade or bowls.
3. Put the seeds in the container
Put the seeds in your container and add water to cover them amply. For bonus points, add a touch of liquid kelp or sea minerals for micronutrients. Soak for 4-6 hours, although if you forget them overnight, you’ll still be okay.
4. Drain the water
After soaking, drain the water off. Spread the seeds out in the container so that they have room to breathe and grow. If you’re using a jar, an excellent strategy is to cover the mouth with mesh or cheesecloth, secure it with an elastic, and set the jar upside down at an angle, with something under it to collect any water that drains off.
Rinse and drain the sprouts 1-2 times daily, with room temperature water. After rinsing, always make sure the sprouts are spread out a bit (a fork helps) and that you drain off all the excess water. If you can remember this rinsing step, you’ll be successful at this.
After a couple of days, once the seeds have sprouted tails, put them in sunlight for 2-5 days. They will green up. Every time you rinse, you’ll find you can rinse out some of the hulls. This isn’t necessary but just makes your sprouts a bit tastier. This rinsing gets easier after a few days when they’re close to being ready.
You can now start eating them. Use them in sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. A lot of options! Store them in your sprouter and continue to rinse them daily until you finish eating them. They will keep growing as you remove some to eat since they have more space. You can also store them in a breathable container in the fridge for 7-10 days. Be sure they aren’t wet when you put them in the fridge, or they may rot.