Don’t you just love the texture and crunch that you get from fresh sprouts? If you are anything like me, I would go and buy all these lovely plastic packs of sprouts from the supermarket, get home and prepare a wonderful salad for dinner. Yum… but then I would not get to eat the rest of the sprouts before they had passed their prime. I have wasted so much money over the years – finding these squishy little packs hidden in the back of my fridge.
Not any more. Now I grow my own sprouts and have them in a constant supply. And it is so easy even your children can join in the fun.
What you need:
Seeds to sprout – alfalfa, broccoli, radish, fenugreek, mustard, the list is endless.
Jars for sprouting.
Mesh cloth and string or bands to secure on jars.
With all seeds we need to soak them for 24 hours in fresh filtered water. I would just use a tablespoon of seeds first so you get to know how much you can eat. If you are just starting your sprouting journey I suggest you use alfalfa seeds, these are easy to sprout and taste great!
After you have soaked your little gems, strain the water away then rinse with fresh water and drain. I leave my jars up-ended on a wine rack so all the water can drain away. If water is left in the jar your seeds can start to rot before they get a chance to sprout.
Continue to rinse and drain your sprouts until they are the size you want. I grow my alfalfa for 5 -6 days before replacing the mesh with the lid and popping them into the fridge. Once you determine how much your family eats, you can start a rotation of sprouting so you always have them growing and in the fridge! I generally soak my seeds on Sundays and then another batch on Wednesdays so we have a constant supply.
Have fun with your new little indoor garden and share your favorite sprouts..