There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and seemingly also absolutely nothing happening. Coronavirus has changed all of our lives and it seems like every day something else is changing. I’ve always been a person who likes the process of figuring out how to do things myself and have been sprouting for years. With the shortages in grocery stores and limited budgets of a lot of people, it’s a great time to learn some new things–like how to grow your own sprouts. Sprouting is easy, quick, and much more affordable than buying a tiny pack at the store for $5. Look below for what you need to get started growing your own sprouts today.
- Clean water
- Sprouting jars with lids
- Sprouting seeds
Start with the items listed above. I’m a sucker for clean water, and living in the city our water is treated with chemicals so i use an Alexa Pure filter. I bought the one pictured above from http://mypatriotsupply.com, but just a heads up they are on a really big shipping delay right now due to the pandemic. If you have to use tap water for now it’s not the end of the world.
Sprouting jars make sprouting really easy. They are clear to allow light to get in and have a mesh screen on the lid to allow for rinsing without losing the seeds inside. I grabbed each of these jars at different times from our local organic grocery store but they can easily be found online. If you don’t the ability to purchase one yet, you can use any clear glass jar and fashion a top out of cheesecloth or a coffee filter and a rubber band.
Sprouting seeds can be found online in abundance. I haven’t seen them in locally in any grocery stores so you may need to order them online. They might seem expensive but you only use a tablespoon each time so they last forever. Order non-GMO seeds if possible.
To get started, take a heaping tablespoon sprouting of seeds per jar and place them in the jar. Fill the jar with an inch or two of water and allow the seeds to sit for 12-24 hours in the water. If you find seeds floating at the top of the water, these are bad seeds and will not sprout. Remove them if you can. The bad seeds wont make you sick but they will add an unpleasant crunch to your sprouts when they are done.
Drain the water from the sprouts and place them in a cool dark place. Check on them at least twice a day by taking them out, rinsing them, and placing them back in the dark. The amount of rinsing required will vary by time of year and the climate you live in. Hotter, dryer climates may require additional risings to ensure some moisture stays in the jar. The goal is to keep the sprouts clean and damp, but not have them sitting in water that can go stagnant.
After just a few short days you will notice a lot of growth in your sprouts. When this happens, bring the sprouts out of the dark area and allow them to get some light while continuing your daily rinsings. It only takes a few days total for your healthy and nutrient rich sprouts to be ready to add to salads or other dishes.
At all times, but perhaps even more so now, we need to take care of ourselves. Sprouting has a long history of use when access to other fresh foods may be limited, and is a great way to get necessary vitamins into your diet. Give it a try and you might find you never spend $5 on a pack at the store again.