I have been meaning to write this post for months and months!! My apologies for keeping this knowledge to myself and not sharing it on the blog sooner. I finally figured out how to grow my own sprouts and I have to share it with you!
Kyle and I both love all kinds of sprouts- sweet crunchy sprouts, spicy sprouts with a little zing, and fresh lemony sprouts. They make the best addition to sandwiches and salads because of the great flavor, texture, and added fresh crunch!
What keeps me from simply buying sprouts at the grocery store is #1 the fear of contaminated sprouts since they are often involved in food borne illness breakouts, and #2 the price- those little guys are expensive!!
So, I finally decided to try making my own. And I am so glad I did!
All you really need is a large jar of some sort and the seeds. I find that the Ball Jars work really well because of the 2-piece lids. To find the best seeds, I just searched online and found a great looking blend from Amazon.
Step 1: Rinse your seeds. Put 1-2 TBS of seeds in a large jar, and rinse them with water several times. You really want to keep your seeds clean to avoid any harmful bacterial contamination. Keep your hands clean and try not to touch the seeds when you rinse them.
Step 2: Soak the seeds overnight in water, about 1-2 inches covering the seeds.
Step 3: Drain out all the water from the container. I do this by using a coffee filter as a lid and poking a few holes in the filter to let the water drain out. Store the container upside down or at an angle so that any residual water can drain throughout the day. You don’t want your seeds to get water-logged and ideally, you want them to dry out through the day.
Step 4: Store your seeds in a cool, dark area. I keep mine on my kitchen counter away from any windows. Rinse the seeds at least once per day (some sources say to rinse them twice which I try to do, but sometimes I forget and they still turn out) and let them drain by keeping the jar upside down at an angle. Try to spread the seeds out along the sides of the jar so they don’t clump so much.
Step 5: Continue daily rinsing and draining the seeds. When you rinse them, you will notice the hulls of the old seeds that have sprouted floating to the top. Try to scoop these out and throw them away because they can get moldy.
Step 6: After 5-7 days, your seeds will have all sprouted. Place the jar in the sunlight for one day to let the sprouts turn green. Then, they are ready to eat!
Store your sprouts in the fridge. They stay fresh for about 1 week.