GROWING SPROUTS – EASY, INEXPENSIVE and NUTRITIOUS
Yes, you could go out and purchase a SPROUT KIT. But those of you who have known me for a while know that I am a thrifty lady. I like to use and reuse things I have at home. My friend, Barb, told me it was easy to grow sprouts and she was right. It is also much more nutritious than what you buy in the store. God only knows what are in those sprouts and how long they have been sitting at room temperature.
Glass wide mouth jar.
Wide mouth lid with fine mesh screen. I bought mine at a health food store for $1.50. You could use cheesecloth and a rubber band.
Sprouting seeds. Broccoli, alfalfa and radish are the seeds that I am using right now.
1. Measure and put in jar 1-2 tablespoons of broccoli seed or your seed of choice. Two tablespoons will fill the jar with sprouts.
2. Fill jar with water and place screened lid on or cheese cloth secured with a rubber band.
3. Let jar filled with water and seeds set for 8 hours.
4. Drain water out of jar. Set on counter near sink and out of direct sunlight. 2-3 times a day fill the jar with water and drain again. You don’t want the seeds setting in water. Just rinse and drain.
5. Around the third or fourth day you will see the seeds starting to sprout. Keep up rinsing and draining.
6. Once you see most of the seeds sprouted (my broccoli seeds took about 6 days until done) I spread the sprouts out on a paper towel & placed them by a window so they got more light. This will help them GREEN UP a little more. I let them in the brighter light for a couple of hours. NOT DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
7. Now place the finished sprouts in a bowl of cold water, swish them around. You will see seed husks floating around. I scoop them out with a little sieve or just use your fingers. If you don’t get all of the husks out, no big deal you will just have a little more fiber. Drain the water from the bowl. My salad spinner works great for getting all the water out.
8. I place my sprouts on a paper towel and roll them up and place in a zip lock bag and store in the refrigerator.