Sprouting Basics

Sprouting Basics

Here's what you need:

  1. A jar, 1 litre to 4 litre (1 qt. to gallon) size, depending on your appetite for sprouts.
  2. A bowl or something that allows you to invert the jar at an angle.
  3. Some screen or netting with a rubber band
  4. Fresh water. If you would drink the water than it is fine to use!
  5. Seeds with good germination, preferably grown organically for human consumption.
  6. There are also numerous other methods such as a SproutMaster Tray or Hemp Bag. It's as easy as following the directions provided!

Next, Soak the seed:

If you have chosen to sprout in a jar you can soak the seed in the same jar. If not, any sterile container will do. Use about one cup of water to every tablespoon of seed.

Soak Times:

  • Broccoli and related plants cabbage, kale, radish etc. 2-3h
  • Other small seeds 2-6 hrs.
  • Large seeds peas, lentils, grain, etc. 6-12hrs.
  • Mucilaginous seeds cress, arugula, chia, flax, basil - do not soak, just mist to keep moist.

Remember, these are ideal soak times but if in doubt soak less rather than more. If you do over soak, just carry on. Sprouts are very forgiving!

Rinse and drain 2 or 3 times each day with fresh cold water and invert the jar on angle to allow excess water to drain.

And lastly. . . Enjoy!

For the last rinse, to sort out loose hulls, unsprouted and hard seeds, pull sprouts out of the sprouting container and put into a large bowl of cold water. Swirl to separate out what you do not want. The hulls and hard seeds are fine to eat, but some prefer not to eat them. Skim off the hulls. Remove sprouts by the handful back into the sprouting container and drain. Use a strainer to collect straggler sprouts as you pour the water out of the bowl. Garbage what remains at bottom of the bowl. Drain and grow as usual for the rest of the growth cycle. Put the container in the fridge with a lid. Optional: put folded paper towel on top of the sprouts in the jar. Put lid on and refrigerate turned up side down. This removes extra moisture for longer storage. There are as many ways to grow sprouts as there are varieties of seed. Do what works for you and make it your own!