Sprouting is a such simple, fun, and cost effective way to grow nutrient dense foods for you and your family. I mean come on! This has to be one of the easiest of cooking/garden projects you can do with your kids that just may lead them to actually like sprouts! With school beginning oh so soon – mixed feelings with that one – sprouts are a perfect snack to pack in lunches, too- especially sunflower sprouts as they are super crunchy and have a sweet nutty taste.
And, would I be remiss if I didn’t say that sprouts are so amazingly good for you? Yes! They are power packed with anti-oxidant phytochemicals that add years to your life and thwart the ravages of time.
There are dozens of seeds you can sprout in just a few days that are delicious on salads and sandwiches. Buy a pack of seeds from a reputable organic supplier like Botanical Interests. I have a packet from them right now that I am going to tear into and get my alfalfa seeds sprouting today!
Cheesecloth, muslin, or nylon netting, quart jar, water, rubber band or string.
1. Put one tablespoon of seeds in jar. Cover seeds entirely with water. Place cheesecloth over mouth of jar and secure with a rubber band. Place jar on windowsill or countertop out of direct sunlight and soak over night or for 4-12 hours.
- Drain and rinse seeds and continue to rinse and drain seeds for one week or less (depending of seed variety and conditions). Make sure seeds are kept well drained to avoid mold and well rinsed to avoid rot. If the sprouts start to smell bad, toss out and try again.
- In 3-5 days your sprouts will be ready to eat and enjoy!! Store in fridge, well drained, in an airtight container or cotton bag for 3-7 days.