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Sprouting 101 | How To Grow Sprouts at Home


Are you among the people who crave sprouts first thing in the morning or someone who can’t have enough of them? Well, I certainly am among the ‘ones.’ With the drop in temperatures and arrival of the season of ringing-bells with a certain man dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh, and with it comes the season of tucking away your summer garden stock and stuffing the winter greens. 

With potatoes and winter squash going off the racks and tomatoes, Lacto-fermented vegetables, and other dehydrated veggies taking up space and lining your pantry, nourishing and keeping you warm throughout your favorite season. Though these veggies act as your solace, they may lack crucial fresh food enzymes, so the solution or remedy to the problem is sprouting seeds as they are super healthy, inexpensive, and nourishing with required enzymes. Sprouts add a crunchy texture to your homemade sandwiches or a scrumptious veggie salad.

More On The Topic

Sprouts are the beginning of full-blown seeds. However, they aren’t much different in shape and taste than the early stage little green pops speckling your garden come spring. The seeds start to grow when kept in water and moisturized and begin turning into sprouts with tiny tails. The seeds prove to be pretty hard to eat and digest, whereas the newly grown sprouts are pretty delicious and nourishing easy-to-digest food. These sprouts contain enzymes, certain nutrients and chlorophyll, and a freshness that you can’t get from a regular winter fare. While going for grocery shopping, buy seeds marked as ‘sprouting.’ Different seeds give different tastes, and flavors like fenugreek will provide you with the taste of maple syrup, whereas radish seeds will taste spicy. 

Equipment You Need

Sprouting is all about saving money and staying healthy and nourished. Hence it would be best if you had some decent equipment to work with. Here are some must-have pieces of equipment:

    • a canning jar with wide-mouth
    • a quart-sized canning jar
    • a sprouting screen

There are quite different kinds of seeds that you can sprout, thereby offering a wide variety of different kinds of seeds for your innovative and delicious dishes.

Sprouts contain a considerable amount of nutrients, offering you an opportunity to have your meals boost up with a significant yet straightforward addition; however, while looking for seeds to sprout, purchase the ones designated to sprout rather than for planting so as to ensure that you bought the edible ones.

How To Do Sprouting Of Seeds?

For nutritious fresh sprouts, all you need is to spend 2 minutes of your day taking care every day of delicious, healthy, and cheap sprouts.

Before you with the procedure, make sure to sanitize all of the sprouting equipment. Boil jars in clean or filtered water for about ten minutes and any other metal parts. Remember not to boil any plastic screen lids. Wash screen lids with lukewarm water and soap and then dry them thoroughly.

Soak Overnight Firstly, pour about 3-4 tablespoon of seeds or more in your quart jar (this depends on the quantity you want) in the evening, place the sprouting screen, and screw on the canning ring. Then, pour two cups of non-chlorinated water through the sprout screen and swirl, drain, and cover or seal the lid with 2-4 cups of water so as to cover them but with an extra inch. Keep a jar with sprout seeds on your countertop overnight out of the direct sunlight and wait for sprouts to grow until the morning. You can go on and experiment with the amounts until you think of what works for you.

Draining and Rinsing

Drain out the water the next morning and remove any floating seeds spotted. Repeat this process of rinsing, swirling, and draining. Once drained thoroughly, place seeds in a bowl on a sideways angle (in a somewhat cool place that is not in direct contact with sunlight), allowing the jar to stay at an upside-down angle.

Doing It A Second Time

You are required to pour water for about two to three times through the screen, then swirl the water in the container around so as to rinse off all the seeds or sprouts, drain well and put the seeds back in your bowl and place the bowl back on a side angle in the previously positioned angle. You will notice your sprouts growing by a bit every day until your entire quart jar is filled with full-blown green sprouts. This procedure can take about three to five days. 

Here Comes The Storing

When you are satiated with your sprouts’ length and color, remove the seeds from the container, and then dry the seeds. Keep the seeds in a sealed container, and they are ready to be stored in a refrigerator as you want your delicious sprouts to be as dry as possible, you need to make sure that you do it till the end of the drying cycle. Storing them and drying them whole will stop them from growing further and simultaneously slow down their spoilage; they are usually kept up to about five to six days, as sprouts should be fresh for about a week. 

Ready To Be Served And Eaten

Here comes the ending of the procedure, you can use sprouts in sandwiches, falafel, tacos, mix with other green veggies to make a savory salad, or as a crunchy soup-topping.

Like with any other food product, there are vital guidelines or practices to pay attention to while growing these delicious and fresh sprouts. Given below are some updated guidelines:

    • Firstly, buy seeds of decent quality, which are from a reliable source.
    • After that, sanitize all of the sprouting equipment before starting the procedure.
    • Use filtered, non-chlorinated clean water
    • You need to be a bit diligent rinsing off the seeds daily; rinsing them about three to four times each day is recommended.
    • The next step is to drain the jar of water right after rinsing the seeds thoroughly till dried completely. Place the matured seeds in a somewhat cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight, as warmer temperatures encourage bacterial growth. However, bacteria can also be found where temperatures are slightly cool; it is less conducive.
    • After getting your desired shape, color, and size, dry the seeds fully by draining the seeds using paper towels
    • Now store the matured seeds in a dry and clean container in your refrigerator and eat them within a week, and discard sprouts with a foul smell.