Learn how to grow sprouts at home with these step-by-step instructions! It’s a much cheaper and fresher alternative to store-bought sprouts.
In order to grow sprouts in a jar, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Seeds: To grow a batch, I use 1 tablespoon of seeds, such as alfalfa sprouting seeds or broccoli sprouting seeds. I like to buy these organic seeds from Amazon.
- Jar: Preferably one with a wide mouth, such as a mason jar.
- Cheesecloth or sprouting lid: Either you could use a small piece to cover the mouth of the jar (and a rubber band to secure it) or get a sprouting lid that works great with a mason jar you already have at home.
How to Grow Sprouts in a Jar
Once you have the items above, it’s easy to get started:
- Soak the seeds: First, you want to soak the seeds in some water for about 10-15 minutes. This gives them a chance to plump up a little bit before rinsing them.
- Sanitize the jar: While the seeds are soaking, sanitize the jar that you’re going to be using. 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.
- Rinse the seeds: After the seeds have had a chance to soak in water, pour them in a sieve and rinse them under cool water.
- Prepare the jars: Pour seeds into the jar. Fill the jar with filtered water to fully submerge the seeds. Cover the mouth of the jar with the piece of cheesecloth, using a rubber band to secure it in place. Finally, drain the water from the seeds.
- Place jar in a bowl: Place the jar into the bowl as shown in the pictures below and let it rest in a dark cool place. Sprouts are a fan of darkness and don’t thrive in light.
- Repeat rinse for 3-5 days: Repeat the rinsing process twice a few for 3-5 days. After a few days, you’ll have beautiful delicious sprouts!
- De-hull the sprouts: Once the sprouts have grown, it’s time to de-hull them. Place them in a bowl of water and gently press them down to completely submerge. The hulls will rise to the top. Drain and repeat the process a few times.
How to Store Sprouts
To store the sprouts, be sure to drain them completely. I like to place them on a towel to get any access water out or spin them in a salad spinner. Store them in the refrigerator in an air-tight glass container lined with a paper towel. They will last 5-7 days.
How to Enjoy Sprouts
Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy sprouts:
- Add them to your salads for a little crunch.
- They make a delicious topping in sandwiches
- Blend them in your smoothies
Growing sprouts at home is so easy, and once you do it a few times, it will become a routine part of your week.