Sprouts are a great way to add flavor and a nutrient packed live food to your salads, sandwiches, juices or smoothies, or other recipes. They also are the base for recipes such as raw chili, dehydrated breads, and buckwheat crispies.
You can buy many types of sprouts in most grocery stores. Most common are clover, alfalfa, broccoli, mung beans, lentils, radish and mixtures of several types often called a salad blend or a sandwich mix.
Even better is to grow your own. It is very easy to do and is very inexpensive. $5 of seeds will result in 5-10 batches of sprouts.
Here is what you need.
- One or more jars
- Sprouting lids or cheese cloth
- Seeds of your choice
That's it! You can get the seeds in the bulk or herb section of your natural food store or co-op. Or order from Amazon or other source. Sprouting Seeds
- First place 2-3 TBL of the seeds in your jar.
- Add a cup of water.
- Put the lid on and set it on your counter to soak for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- After the soak period drain the water.
- Set the jar on its side on the counter. It should not be in direct sunlight.
- Each day, morning and night, rinse the seeds by adding water to the jar and pouring it out. Then return it to the counter.
- After two or three days you should see the seeds beginning to sprout.
- Continue rinsing each day until the sprouts have reached your desired size.
- You can set your sprouts in the sun for a few hours to green them up once they are the size you want.
- Keep your sprouts in the refrigerator with the sprouting lid. Rinse them every day or two or when you use them. Use them within a week.
This is the basic method. For some purposes especially grains you may only want to sprout your seeds until a small tail is present.