You’ll need the following tools:
- One mason jar, preferably a wide mouth far.
- One tablespoon of seeds. I’m using the alfalfa seeds for this example.
- A small piece of cheese cloth.
- A rubber band or mason jar lip to secure the cheese cloth around the mouth of the jar.
You can also buy sprouting trays online. After I started growing a lot of sprouts, I decided to purchase trays, but this isn’t necessary — especially if you’re just starting out or don’t plan to eat sprouts on a daily basis.
First, you want to soak the seeds in some water for about 10-15 minutes. Many folks skip this step but I like to prep the seeds before placing them in the mason jar. This gives them a chance to plump up a little bit and allows me to rinse them thoroughly afterwards.
While the seeds are soaking in the water, sanitize the jar that you’re going to be using. I like to do this especially if my jars have been sitting in the cupboard for a while. If you’re pulling your jar straight out of the dishwasher, skip this step.
I submerge the glass jar in boiling water for about a minute. Be careful doing this and use tongs to safely submerge and remove the jar from the boiling hot water. Let the jar cool for a few minutes before using this.
Once you’ve rinsed the seeds, pour them into the jar. Fill the jar to fully submerge the seeds. I always use filtered clean water. Cover the mouth of the jar with the piece of cheesecloth. Either place a rubber band to secure the lid or use the jar lid to do this.
Slowly drain the water from the seeds. You don’t want your seeds to be sitting in the water for more than 10-15 minutes. As soon as you drain the water of the jar, discard the water from the bowl.
Place the jar back into the bowl and let it rest in a dark cool place. Sprouts are a fan of darkness and don’t thrive in light. Repeat the rinsing process twice a few for 3-5 days.
After 3-5 days, you’ll have beautiful delicious sprouts! Add them to your salads, on your sandwich, or throw them in your smoothies. Whatever you do, they will add a crunch of freshness to your dish!