Healthy Homemade Sprouts January 29th, 2012
Being that it’s winter I am feeling the lack of good fresh produce this time of year. I have tried to make up for it by growing indoor herbs, but they never seem to survive in my kitchen. What I found has worked are homemade sprouts. It’s remarkably easy (and it works all year round), as well as being a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Materials you will need:
A wide mouth jar (like a mason jar)
Cheesecloth or fine mesh
Sprouting seeds (available at health food stores)
1. Place jar on cheesecloth to measure the size of cheesecloth you will need. Cut the cloth to 2” larger in order to be able to fold it over the edge of the jar.
2. Measure 1.5 tbsp of seeds. Place seeds in jar, cover jar with cheesecloth and elastic band. Add 1 cup of water to soak overnight.
3. In the morning drain the water and rinse the seeds, invert the jar so that any remaining water drains out. (use the bowl to hold the jar inverted at approximately 45 º)
4. Rinse the seeds twice a day (morning and evening). Keep jar inverted in between rinses.
5. Sprouts are ready in 3 – 5 days. Transfer sprouts to a container to be refrigerated until you are ready to use them.
6. Add sprouts to salads, sandwiches or wraps. Enjoy!
This method of sprouting works best with smaller seeds, such as alfalfa, red clover, canola, broccoli, radish seeds.
You can also find sprouting kits that contain the necessary equipment for making your own sprouts available at health food stores. Good Luck!