Before I moved out to the country, my ability to grow my own food was fairly limited. I had potted herbs galore, but past that, veggies weren’t really an option. One food I learned to grow at home was alfalfa sprouts. In fact, now that we’re starting our little farm, we have these on hand all the time! It only takes a matter of days, it’s simple and incredibly delicious. All you need is a mason jar, sprout seeds, and a piece of cloth, fine mesh, or one of the fancy lids that I used. (I got my lid at Natural Gardener in Austin, TX).
A couple notes before getting started: I highly recommend you purchase USDA Certified Organic Seeds. A lot of seeds are treated with chemicals and you do not want to ingest them. Also, if you’re a sprout fanatic, maybe get two jars going and stagger them so you have fresh sprouts every couple of days.
- Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of seeds into the jar
- Fill the jar with water until the seeds are suspended and covered an inch or two
- Let them soak 8-10 hours
- Drain/strain the water out of the jar
- Rinse the seeds and give them a swirl then drain again
- Leave the jar tilted upside down so that the water can drain out the jar (Leave a paper towel underneath or, what I do, is leave it on my dish mat to drain)
- Rinse and drain twice a day (AM and PM) for roughly 3 days or until sprouts are full-grown
- When the sprouts are ready, remove from container and rinse thoroughly to remove seed hulls
- Store in a closed container in the fridge for several days.
These are great in salads, sandwiches, and tacos! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Let me know how it goes… or in this case, grows!