How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

Back in the depths of winter I was paging through the Sow True Seed catalog for seeds for my new veggie garden (which I will share about soon) when I noticed they had a sprout growing kit.  I love sprouts and had been buying them often for salads and sandwiches.  They are ubiquitous in California health fare but here in the Midwest, not so much.

I decided to splurge on the kit so that I could grow my own.  For about $15 it included the materials (plastic sprouting jar, 2 screens for draining water, rubber band) and two bags of of sprout seeds that will last me a while.

Not pictured here is the second bag of sprout seeds and a second screen.

Not pictured here is the second bag of sprout seeds and a second screen.

The process couldn't be any easier:

  1. Put 1 Tbsp. of seeds in the jar
  2. Cover the top of the jar with the screen wrapped with rubber band
  3. Fill the jar with cool water and let the seeds sit for a couple hours
  4. Dump out the water through your screened jar and rinse the seeds again, swishing them and dumping out the water right away
  5. Leave the jar semi-upside down in a bowl or something to allow it to drain but not cutting off the air supply
  6. Going forward, rinse the seeds and dump the water twice daily, allowing the jar to drain upside down in between
  7. You'll have full grown sprouts in a few days and they'll keep in the fridge at least a week

The photo above shows the seeds sprouting after only a day or so!  The process goes so quickly that I neglected to take a photo when they were do (sorry) but, rest assured, they turn out like full grown sprouts are supposed to!

Since you can grow a ton of sprouts (they fill the whole jar once they are grown) with just 1 Tbsp of seeds, the two bags could easily last 4 or 5 months if you grew them every week of two.  Sow True Seed also sells big bags of sprouting seed separately if you already have the supplies you need.  Sprouts in the store here cost about $2 per pack so growing your own makes a lot of money sense if you buy and eat them.

Lastly, the health benefits of sprouts are well known.  When a seed is sprouted, the "good stuff" becomes more readily available to the body- from antioxidants to fiber to protein, sprouts are just plain good to eat.