Sprouts are delicious, nutritious and fun to grow. I love to eat sprouts on sandwiches, in salads and in various meals (they are delicious with eggs). They also make a great snack on their own. Growing sprouts is easy, and very fast. Once you see how easy it is to grow your own sprouts, you’ll never spend money to buy them at the grocery store again.
What you need to grow sprouts
In order to grow sprouts, you will need two things: a seed sprouter and some seeds.
1. Seed Sprouter: Most places that carry seeds will also carry seed sprouters, or you can easily find one online. Mine is from Botanical Interests, you can buy one here… Seed Sprouter. I have also heard of people using a glass jar or a baggie for this same purpose (I am trying the glass jar method now and will update you when the sprouts are ready).
|A seed sprouter is used to grow sprouts|
2. Seeds: I got my seeds at the same time as I got the seed sprouter, they are seeds from Botanical Interests that are packaged for the purpose of sprouting. I recommend that you buy seeds that are specifically sold as sprouting seeds, or you buy certified organic seeds for sprouting. There are several different types of seeds that work well for sprouting, including all types of legumes and grains. I tried three different types of seeds, broccoli, alfalfa, and a sprout mix. Here are other sprouting seeds… Sprout Seeds
|Seeds used for growing sprouts|
How To Grow Sprouts
1. Rinse the seeds and soak them overnight.
|The first step to growing sprouts is to soak them overnight|
2. The next morning, transfer the seeds into the seed sprouter and gently rinse them.
|Rinse the seeds in the seed sprouter|
3. Stack the trays and put the lid on the sprouter. At this point, you will want to start to rinse the seeds twice a day. I left my sprouter in a nice warm room so the seeds would sprout faster.
|Sprouting seeds in a warm room speeds the process|
4. Watch them grow. The seeds will start to sprout very quickly. Mine had already started sprouting when I went to rinse them later that first evening.
|Day 1: Sprouting seeds doesn’t take very long|
Here are more progression photos as the sprouts grew, so you can see how quickly these seeds sprouted…
|Day 2: Most of the seeds have started to sprout by the second day|
|Day 3: The roots of the sprouts are growing long|
|Day 3 (evening): Sprouts are starting to grow leaves|
The instructions didn’t say anything about giving them sunlight, but I noticed they were looking a little pale once the sprouts started to grow leaves, so I moved them to a spot where they got filtered sunlight (do not put sprouts in direct sun).
|Day 4 (morning): Sprouts are really getting green now|
After moving them to the sunny room, the green really started to pop.
|Day 5: Sprouts are almost ready to eat|
Once the sprouts reached the top of the container, it was time to feast! I moved them into the refrigerator to keep them from growing any larger and to help keep them fresh.
|Day 6: Sprouts are ready to eat|
The first time I read the directions, I thought that growing sprouts sounded like a lot of work because you have to rinse them twice a day. But the sprouts grew so fast, I could practically sit a watch them grow. So, you only have to worry about rinsing twice a day for a few days. Sprouts are easy to grow at home, and make a great treat in the middle of the winter.
Do you grow your own sprouts?
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