08 Jan Sprouts
Want powerful nutrients in a tiny package? Sprouts to the rescue!
Sprouts are a refreshing and power packed addition to just about any meal.
If you’ve been in the sprout game you may have noticed they can be a little pricey at the markets or just flat out unavailable… and if you are new to sprouts as a shining food star..
Then there is great news!
Did you know you can grow sprouts easily in your own kitchen without a lot of supplies or exuberant cost? Even in an apartment with few windows!
Having access to fresh greens is very important to me. This desire has made me aware of how challenging access to fresh greens can be, especially in the city where a garden is not an easy undertaking, or when working long hours or during the frosty winter months.
Therefore, I was elated to discover that little baby greens can pack a big green punch anytime, anywhere!
It can be as easy as sourcing some healthy seeds and a few things from around your house, and you are on your way to garden fresh goodness in just a few days.
You can also check out some of my favorite sources conveniently listed below to get started!
What you will need:
- Mason Jar
- Mesh Screen
- Sprout seeds
- Love and Care
Step by Step:
- Put 1-2 Tablespoons of sprouting seeds in a mason jar and secure the mesh screen.
- Add warm water to cover the seeds and let sit overnight.
- Rise and Shine! Strain out all of the water
- Rinse the seeds by adding fresh water, swishing and draining a few times.
- Drain them fully for the last rinse.
- Leave the jar tilted downwards.
- Place them in a clean place where the water can continue to drain.
- Rinse 2-3 times per day and leave the jar tilted for draining between rinses.
- Once the sprouts have come to life, you are ready to ingest the nutrients.
- Rinse one more time and place in an airtight container with a paper towel to maintain freshness. (I love glass tupperware)
*You can sanitize an old window screen and cut to fit over the jar to be held in place by the steel jar band
*There are several creative ideas for where best to sit the tilted jar. It will drain a little bit often so it needs to be somewhere a little water won’t bother. I like my wooden dish rack, also see recommendations below for a few other options.
*Mung beans and alfalfa are the most common seeds for sprouts. Other common seeds for sprouts include adzuki, cabbage, chives, red clover, fenugreek, garbanzo, lentil, mustard, peas, radish, and black sunflower.
Check out these sprouting kits and additional Lovelee resources:
Microgreens – Bamboo (More fancy – super cool)
Simple Sprouting Jar Kit (Simple and ready to go)
Sprouting Jar Kit – Wood Stand (Comes with seeds and cute eco-friendly packaging)
Organic Sprouting Seeds (Sprouting Seeds)