Sprouting at Home: Mason Jars on your kitchen counter
Day 0 is on the left and Day 5 on the far rightSprouting at Home: Mason Jars on your kitchen counter
Sprouting at home is a fun and easy way to add fresh greens to your diet every day. By starting a new jar every day and reusing the harvest jar, you can have a constant supply of sprouts. Here’s how:
Step 1: Gather your supplies
Get 16 oz mason jars, cheesecloth, rubber bands, and two tablespoons of seeds for sprouting (such as alfalfa, mung beans, or lentils).
Step 2: Soak the seeds
Fill one jar with enough water to cover the seeds and soak for 8-12 hours. This helps the seeds absorb water and makes sprouting easier.
Step 3: Drain and rinse
Once the seeds have soaked, drain the water and rinse them to remove any dirt or debris.
Step 4: Cover the jar
Place the cheesecloth over the top of the jar and secure it with a rubber band. This allows air to circulate and keeps unwanted guests out.
Step 5: Keep the jar in a warm place
Place the jar in a warm location, such as a windowsill or near a heat source. The warmer the environment, the faster the seeds will sprout.
Step 6: Rinse and drain regularly
Rinse the seeds with fresh water 2-3 times a day and be sure to drain the water each time. This helps prevent mold and spoilage.
Step 7: Start a new jar every day
Until the first jar is ready to harvest, repeat steps 2-6 with a new jar of seeds every day. This way, you’ll have a jar of sprouts ready every day of the week.
Step 8: Watch the magic unfold
Within a few days, you’ll start to see tiny sprouts growing from the seeds! The length of time it takes to sprout will vary based on the type of seed and temperature, but most seeds will sprout within a week.
Step 9: Enjoy your sprouts!
Once your sprouts are ready, remove the cheesecloth and give them a final rinse. Then, add them to your favorite dishes for a burst of fresh flavor and nutrition.
And once you’ve harvested the sprouts from the first jar, reuse it for your next batch. By starting a new jar every day and reusing the harvest jar, you’ll have a constant supply of fresh sprouts for your meals. Give it a try and see for yourself how easy and fun sprouting at home can be!