How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

Avocado Sprout SandwichI never really liked sprouts.  But every once in a while I would eat some because they’re healthy.  And by every once in a while I mean once every 9 years.

A little while ago some friends invited us over to their house for a light meal, and as we were chatting before the meal, somehow the subject of sprouting came up.  When my friend asked me if I grew sprouts and I responded that I didn’t really care for them, I noticed a change of expression on her face.  Good one, Jen.  

Thomas Edison once said, “You will have many opportunities in life to keep your mouth shut: You should take advantage of every one of them.”  I should listen to him.

Thankfully, my friend is very gracious … and the meal was absolutely delicious – sprouts included.

Along with some mouth-watering soup, she served some really yummy bread and several sandwich fixings that included a fabulous vegan cheese sauce/spread and her homegrown sprouts.  I was quite surprised when I found that sprouts served this way (in the sandwich with the vegan cheese sauce) were not only bearable but really was quite tasty!!!   I even went home thinking I should start sprouting; I could actually enjoy eating sprouts this way.

And so that’s what I did.  For the past couple of months, I’ve been learning how to sprout and discovering those bitter little baby plants don’t taste so bad after all.

How to Eat Sprouts If You Hate Sprouts

1. Start with some good bread.  (My friend served delicious homemade wheat bread.)

2. Spread mayo on one slice of bread.  (I don’t remember what kind of mayo we had at my friend’s house, so I use Skinny Mayo from the New Measure Weight Loss Program.)

3.  Spread a thick layer of cheese sauce or cheese spread on the other slice of bread.  Here’s the healthy cheese sauce recipe I use.

4. Add sprouts, sliced tomatoes, and sliced avocado.

5. Put sandwich together and enjoy!

Sprout Nutrition

Sprouts are enzyme-rich and loaded with minerals and vitamins (including some anti-aging antioxidants). They also offer chlorophyll.

How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

I’m only a beginner at sprouting, so the following isn’t an experienced and comprehensive tutorial on how to grow sprouts.  It’s just what I do and what works for me. If you’d like more info on sprouting, check out The Sprouting Book.

1. Choose your seeds.

What Seeds to Use for Sprouting

 

Some of the easiest sprouts to grow are alfalfa, fenugreek, radish, broccoli, onion, cabbage, and mustard seed.

2. Place seeds in a large glass jar.  

There are several “sprouters” available, but I’ve not tried them.  I just use a 2-quart glass jar.

Cover the opening of the jar with a piece of (new and clean) mesh screen secured with a jar ring or a rubber band.  You can pick up a piece of mesh screen (also called hardware cloth) from your local hardware store or on Amazon.

You can also use a sprouting lid.  I’ve never used one, but they look really cool!

3. Soak.

How to Grow Your Own Sprouts

Add water to the jar and soak seeds in water overnight.

4. Drain, rinse, and drain.

The next day, drain the water off the seeds. (This is why you top the jar with a mesh screen – so you don’t lose any seeds when you drain them.)

Rinse the seeds with fresh water and drain well.

5. Rinse daily.

Rinse the seeds twice daily until your seeds begin to sprout.  Be sure to drain well.

Some people place the jar on a rack to drain after rinsing them.  And some people put the jar in a dark place until the seeds begin to sprout.  I just place my jar on the kitchen counter.

How to Sprout6. Place in sunny spot.

When your seeds begin to sprout, place in a sunny spot.  (Continue to rinse them twice daily.)  The sunshine will make them turn a bright, healthy green.

Your sprouts will be ready to eat in 3 to 7 days, depending on the type of seeds you choose.

How do you know when your sprouts are ready?

For the sprouts mentioned above, they are ready when their first leaves begin to turn green.  For more information about other types of sprouts and sprouting in general, check out The Sprouting Book.

Have you ever eaten sprouts?  Have you tried growing your own?

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How to Grow Your Own Sprouts
 
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  1. Place seeds in a large glass jar.
  2. Cover the opening of the jar with a mesh screen secured with a jar ring or a rubber band.
  3. Add water to the jar and soak seeds in water overnight.
  4. The next day, drain the water off the seeds. Rinse them with fresh water and drain well.
  5. Rinse the seeds twice daily until your seeds begin to sprout. Be sure to drain well.
  6. When your seeds begin to sprout, place in a sunny spot. (Continue to rinse them twice daily.)

    Your sprouts will be ready to eat in 3 to 7 days, depending on the type of seeds you choose.

You don’t really need a recipe for the sprout sandwich (just add fillings according to your preference), but here’s a recipe for you if you’d like ….
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Sprout Sandwich
 
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  1. Spread mayo on one slice of bread.
  2. Spread a thick layer of cheese sauce on the other slice of bread.
  3. Add sprouts, sliced tomatoes, and sliced avocado (and a little more cheese sauce if desired).
  4. Put sandwich together and enjoy!

 

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  1. Pamela Crandall says:

    These sound so easy to make! I didn’t know that! I’m back to eating healthier and am looking forward to trying these. I follow you on Pinterest also, because everything is so delicious!! Thanks for all your hard work, Jenny!! <3

  2. JoAnn Rachor says:

    Great experience. Great friend. :) Love those sprouts. I grow them a gallon at a time, especially during the winter-early spring until the greens are popping up in the garden. Very good Jen.

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