Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Growing sprouts from a Jar

We decided to grow Sprouts!

Growing Green for Earth Week!
We are growing alfalfa and bean sprouts using a jar

What You Will Need:
Quart sized glass jar (the kind used for canning)
Alfalfa seeds or any other sprout seed (I bought ours at Whole foods)
Screen, woven material or old pantyhose
Rubber band, string, or jar lid (just the ring part)

How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts:
It’s often best to start small and continue to grow sprouts. They quickly grow and you don’t want to have too many when you first start eating them.
Begin by placing 2-3 tablespoons of seeds into the glass jar.
Prepare the top of the jar by covering it with the woven fabric, screen, or hose. Keep the cover secure with a rubber band, string or lid ring.
Cover the seeds with water. Fill the jar with water to a height of 1-2 inches above the seeds.
Set the jar on the counter and allow the seeds to soak overnight.

After the seeds have soaked overnight, remove the water by simply turning the jar over and allowing the water to drain through the cloth. Ensure that all the water is out or it may cause the seeds to rot. Do not remove the seeds from the container.
Roll the container around to distribute the seeds all around the outside and let it remain on its side.
The sprouts will grow best in slightly warmer temperatures, but do not need sunlight at this point.

Rinse the seeds and jar everyday with cool water, twice a day if the temperatures are warmer. This step is important to remove any disease organisms or toxins that may accumulate in the jar while it sets. If a funky smell develops in the jar, you need to rinse it more often.
Continue rinsing for 4-5 days until the sprouts are ready to harvest. Typically the sprouts will be between 1-2 inches in length when they are ready to be harvested.
Simply give them a good rinse and shake away any excess water.

After 4-5 Days:
Spread the sprouts out on a tray or plate and place them in the sun for a short while, only 15 minutes or so. This allows the leaves to turn greener and important enzymes to become activated.
They’re ready to use immediately on salads, sandwiches, soups, dips – whatever you please!

Additional Tips and Advice
Not all water is fit to drink, much less grow sprouts. Ensure that you use quality water to keep your sprouts as healthy and nutritional as possible.

Use Organic seeds! If you are growing your own anything, make it as healthy as possible!!!

If you want to remove the brown seed coats, simply place the sprouts in a bowl of water, swish them around a little. The seed coats will float to the top where you can easily remove them.
To keep your sprouts fresh, store them in the refrigerator.

Grow your own Veggies makes them taste better!!!!

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