This was my first attempt at Sprouts and I am sooo excited to try different kinds. I started with Alfalfa Sprouts since they are well known… But I have broccoli, radish and wheat waiting for me!
This was pretty easy and fun watching it grow like a Chia Pet!!!! Here is how you do it.
I got my seeds from wheatgrasskits.com. Visit juicing_for_health.com for tons of nutritional information on alfalfa sprouts. Alfalfa is great for arthritis, high blood pressure and is considered an immune booster.
NIGHT BEFORE… Put 2 Tbs of Alfalfa Seeds in a Mason Jar with a lid that has a bunch of holes in it. I used my Magic Bullet Cup with a Shaker Lid. It worked perfect! Add enough water to cover the seeds. Tap the cup or jar so that all the seeds fall to the bottom. Let sit out of the sun.
DAY 1 (am)… Drain the water through the holes and tap the seeds so they spread out along one side of the jar like so… Put back on counter out of the sun, but put them on an angle to drain… I used a bowl with a paper towel to catch the drainage. Make sure you leave room for the air to move freely through the jar.
DAY 1 (pm)… Fill with water and drain them again. Remember to spread seeds along the side of the jar again. Put back on counter out of the sun.
DAY 2 (am)… It’s starting to GROW!!!!! Fill with water (I liked to spray a few sprays of Diluted Basic H just to make sure no bacteria was growing on them. I shook them up a little and then drained it. Then I filled it back up with water and drained it again to get the Basic H off. Put back on counter out of the sun, change the paper towel again, if needed.
DAY 2 (pm)… Fill with water and drain them again. Keep out of sun.
DAY 3 (am)… Fill with water. Drain. Put back on counter out of the sun, change the paper towel again, if needed.
DAY 3 (pm)… Fill with water and drain them again. They will be pretty thick by now. If there is no room in the jar, pull half out and place into a new jar and spread along the sides. Keep on counter out of sun.
DAY 4 (am)… HOLY MOLY SPROUTS!!!! Pull them out and put them in a bowl full of water. Swish your clean hand in the water to break up the shells. It will form a line all the way around the edges of the bowl. Then pull the clean de-shelled sprouts out of the bowl. You can even rinse under water to get some more of the brown shells off. Put them in the window sill to get a little sun and turn them green. If you think of it, turn them mid day so the sun reaches the other side. Keep them at an angle to drain.
DAY 4 (pm)… You should see a lot of green on them by now. Rinse one last time with Basic H, rinse the Basic H off and then they should be ready to eat!
THAT’S IT! It is so fun watching them grow!
Here is the quick cheat sheet guide.
Night Before… Soak, tap seeds down, let sit at least 8 hours
DAY 1 am… Pour water out and let it finish draining, keep out of sun
DAY 1 pm… Rinse, drain, keep out of sun
DAY 2 am… Rinse with Basic H, rinse again, drain, keep out of sun
DAY 2 pm… Rinse, drain, keep out of sun
DAY 3 am… Rinse, drain, keep out of sun
DAY 3 pm… Rinse, drain, split up into another jar (if needed), keep out of sun
DAY 4 am… Remove Shells, drain, place in the sunlight
DAY 4 pm… Rinse with Basic H, rinse again, drain, eat, enjoy!
Store in the refrigerator when they are ready! You can reuse a strawberry container from the store so it can get air flow.