Home grown sprouts

Growing your own sprouts in the convenience of your home can't get any easier.  You'll be sprouting on a regular basis before you know it!  Year-round, easy, and healthy - everything you need in a jar.  Now that you have your choice of seeds, you’re ready to get sprouting. 

First, you'll need:

Your choice of sprouting seed. 

Only use sprouting seed from trusted seed suppliers,  and when possible, use certified organic sprouting seed. 

 

A jar (i.e. mason jar, pickle jar).

Be sure to use clean and sanitary growing equipment.  Clean and sanitize growing jar between uses. You can use the mason jar rim lid or a rubber band to secure the jar.

                                            

 

A well-ventilated lid  (i.e. mesh screen,  or cheesecloth).  

You will need a well-ventilated lid to allow for sufficient airflow and drainage.  The holes must be small enough to prevent seed from falling out.  

Proper drainage and airflow are the top two requirements of growing fresh sprouts.  With poor water drainage, sitting water, and poor airflow, the sprouts will be spoiled and must be thrown out. 

A tablespoon (for measuring seed) and a small bowl or dish rack (for proper drainage). 

The growing jar will be placed upside down in the small bowl or disk rack to allow water to drain continuously. 

Fresh potable water.  

Clean, fresh, cool water is an absolute necessary! 

If you are not sure your water is safe for drinking, use filtered or bottled water.  

how to grow: 

  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize your growing jar prior to growing.  Place 1-2 tablespoons of sprouting seed in your growing jar.  The seeds should barely cover the bottom surface of the jar.  

  • Rinse your seeds with fresh, cool, potable (safe for drinking) water.  Fill the growing jar with cool water about half-full and rinse the seeds in a circular motion.  With the ventilated lid/cover secured to your jar, drain the seeds, and repeat rinse, removing all debris or floating matter. 

  • Soak your seeds in cool water.  Dry seeds are dormant, so you'll need to wake them up.  This soaking step wakes up the seed and activates their growth.  Cover the seeds with a few inches of cool water and leave the jar on your kitchen counter for 5-8 hours in room temperature (out of direct sunlight). 

  • Rinse the seeds.  Once your seeds have soaked,  drain your soaked seeds and run fresh, potable, cold water into your growing jar.  Rinse your seeds thoroughly and drain the water completely.  Do this one more time.

  • Rest the seeds.  Once you've rinsed and drained the water, place the growing jar upside down at a 45° angle in a bowl or rack.  This allows for air circulation and excess water to drain off.  Make sure your seeds drain properly as standing water can lead to mold and bacteria.  

  • Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Everyday, morning and night (a quick afternoon rinse wouldn't hurt also!), repeat steps #4 & #5 until sprouts are green and ready to eat.

  • Final Rinse.  Once your sprouts are ready to harvest, rinse and drain your sprouts one final time.

  • Final Dry.  Allow your sprouts to air dry for approximately 8-12 hours.  Then, place the sprouts in a sealed container and refrigerate.

  • Serve and enjoy!

Around 3-4 days, your seeds will want to shed their hulls (seed skins).  You can remove the lid, fill the jar with fresh water, and using a fork, gently separate the sprouts to allow the hulls to rise to the top for easy drainage.  

Once your sprouts begin to green, around the end of day 4 or 5, feel free to give them more light to enhance the natural process of photosynthesis, however, avoid long exposure to direct sunlight as this will dry out your sprouts.

Day 3-4: your seeds will begin to sprout

Day 6-8: your sprouts will be ready to eat 

Rules of Sprouting: 

  • Clean & sanitize your growing equipment 

  • Use only fresh cool water that is safe for drinking 

  • Maintain proper drainage after rinsing  (sprouts should be moist, not wet or sitting in water)

  • Keep sprouts out of directly sunlight and heat (sprouts should grow at room temperature).  Sprouts in heat will turn bad and sprouts in very cold temperatures will not grow.  

  • Maintain proper air flow.  Sprouts need room to breathe.  Don't overcrowd your growing jar and always use a well ventilated lid during growing.  

Food Safety: 
Similar to any fresh live food, sprouts could carry harmful bacteria.  As a home sprouter, there are a few things you can do to consume safer sprouts.  It's important to source your seed from trusted seed suppliers, preferably organic non-GMO seed.   Always buy seed that has been handled as a human food crop (not a farm planting seed crop) and is intended for human consumption.  Thoroughly wash your hands before handling sprouts.  Always use sanitary growing equipment and grow your sprouts in a clean environment.  From start to finish, only use fresh, clean, potable water (safe for drinking) at all times throughout the washing, rinsing, and growing phases of your sprouts.  Ensure your sprouts are well ventilated, and washed on a daily basis.  Once harvested, refrigerate  your fresh sprouts (dry before refrigeration) in a clean and sealed container. 

Need Sprouting seed? 

We conveniently packaged our favorite sprouting seed varieties in resealable zip lock bags for continuous sprouting on your own time!  Our seeds are sourced from our long-term trusted seed suppliers and are certified organic.  Click on the link below to order: