Sprouts are one of the healthiest things you can eat. Unfortunately, due to bad press concerning salmonella outbreaks, commercial non-organic sprouts are often rinsed with chlorine. A healthier, cheaper and relatively simple option is to sprout your own. Here’s how to grow sprouts.
BEST VEGETABLES FOR SPROUTING
Alfalfa, broccoli, radish, mustard, mung beans, chickpeas, green peas, and beets are all popular spouting vegetables. Almost any plant in which you might eat the stems and leaves are a good option. Plants from which you only eat the fruit (such as tomatoes and peppers) will not work. Avoid kidney beans, which are poisonous if eaten raw or sprouted. Amazon has a great selection of sprouting seeds.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Organic sprouting seeds of chosen variety. No matter which variety you choose, it is important that the seeds are labeled as “sprouting seeds” or “for sprouting” to ensure that they have not been treated. This article explains the method of sprouting in glass jars. However, there are also sprouters on the market that make the process easier like the Victorio 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter, which is what I use. I usually have about three of them going on the kitchen counter at any given time. With that being said, here’s what you’ll need if using the glass jar method:
Quart size glass jars
Cheesecloth (enough to cover each jar)
Thick, strong rubber bands (1 per jar)
Filtered or bottled spring water
Place approximately 3 tablespoons of sprouting seeds in each jar
Add about two inches of water to each jar. Usually, one part seed to at least three parts water is best. Sprouting seeds are sensitive to contaminated water so filtered or bottled water is preferred.
Place cheesecloth over the mouth of each jar securing with a rubber band.
Allow seeds to soak for six to twelve hours in a cool, dark place (overnight in a cupboard works well).
Drain and rinse thoroughly.
Place the jar on its side to spread out the seeds and drain off excess water. Keep away from direct sunlight.
Rinse again thoroughly two or three times per day or until the sprouts manifest fully. This will take approximately 3 to 7 days. Sprouts are best when still relatively small and just beginning to green.
Be sure to store the excess sprouts, covered in the refrigerator. Sprouts should be consumed within a week.