Sprouts truly are a wonder food, full of nutrients and vitamins essential to a healthy, vegetarian diet. Though small in size, sprouts pack a big nutritional punch and are a great source of protein, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. If the nutritional value hasn’t already sold you on these green goodies the super simple sprouting process will! Using only a mason jar and seeds you can have fresh homegrown sprouts in only five days! Here’s how to do it!
You Will Need:
1 Quart Sized Mason Jar
1 Stainless Steel Screen (About .50 cents from any hardware store)
2 Tbsp. Sprouting Seeds (I used a mix of alfalfa and broccoli)
1 Sharpie Marker
Place the screen over a piece of scrap paper on a hard surface and using the sharpie, trace the inner circle of the jar lid
Using the scissors, cut the circle out of the screen, making sure to cut it a little smaller than the rimmed lid
Place the wire screen inside the rim of the jar lid and screw back on jar (pictured top right)
Once you have made your jar it’s time to sprout! Measure 2 tbsp. of sprouting seeds and place in jar
Clean the seeds by filling the jar with water, swishing them around, and straining out the water. Do this until the water runs clear.
Next, fill the jar with cool water and let the seeds soak for about 8 hours (I like to do this step before going to bed so I don’t have to use a timer) Times will vary depending on the type of seed you are sprouting. After the 8 hour period drain the water.
Now it is time for the rinsing stage. Every day, 2 times a day, fill the jar with cool water, swish around, and drain thoroughly. I like to do it once in the morning and once before bed. Repeat this step for 5-6 days until your sprouts are fully grown.
Rinse sprouts to remove excess seeds and enjoy. Yep, it’s that easy!
Special thanks to my co-worker Mutsumi for introducing me to the wonderful world of sprouts!