Sprouting 101

Sprouting is really easy. I mean it’s super easy. The best part is that you don’t need any fancy tools to sprout. All you need is a large jar, cheesecloth, a decent rubber band and a trusty guide for soaking time and sprouting days. I like the one in The Raw Food Book

It’s pretty easy to follow and doesn’t have too many crazy things to sprout.

So this week I am sprouting alfalfa sprouts in one jar and a mix of green peas and French green lentils in an other.  I chose the pea and lentil mix because they both have the same amount of sprout days.

Step 1

Determine your quantities

1 TBSP Alfalfa = 1 CUP Alfalfa Sprouts
1 CUP Green Peas = 2 CUP Pea Sprouts
1 CUP Lentils = 2 CUP Lentil Sprouts

I used 2 tbsp of Alfalfa and a half cup each of the peas and lentils

Step 2
Cover your jars

Cut a double swath of cheesecloth large enough to cover the mouth of the jar. Hold it in place with a rubber band

Step 3
Soak your seeds – yes everything you soak is a seed!

Alfalfa = 4 – 6 hours
Green Peas = 10 – 12 hours
Lentils = 6 – 8 hours

Sometimes I follow the soak times and sometimes I just let them go overnight. This week I let them go overnight.

Step 4
Wash & Rinse

This is why you cover the mouth of the jar with the cheesecloth. Rinse the seeds with fresh clean water then place in a bowl at about 45 degree angle. You want them to drain to prevent them from getting moldy. You need to do this at least twice a day. Each seed takes a different amount of time to sprout.

Alfalfa = 5 days
Green Peas = 2 – 3 days
Lentils = 2 – 3 days

Step 5

Once your sprouts have reached your desired sproutiness you can enjoy in a salad, a sandwich, soup or on their own with a little lemon juice. I’ve heard of people having them in their smoothies.

I guarantee that once you have homemade sprouts you won’t want to spend your hard earned cash on expensive sprouts. Especially not when they are so easy to grow at home.

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One response to “Sprouting 101

  1. fun!! I did this once too….I just ordered a sprouter tray and will be blogging about it soon!! Hopefully, its even easier than this!!


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