I am not a health food nut. But I love sprouts. On a sandwich, the crunchiness and punch of fresh sprouts is better than any lettuce in my book.
Yet sprouts are expensive. I can pay almost $5.00 for a 2 ounce container of sprouts in the grocery store, only to have them go bad within a few days. Or I can make the 20 mile one way trip to the farmer’s market, which has very limited hours, but still pay $3.00 for a box. Or for just pennies, I can grow a quart of organic sprouts in my kitchen, guaranteeing freshness and availability.
Growing sprouts is a very simple process, and frugal as well. A quart of sprouts costs me pennies, and lasts for a while if refrigerated properly.
Here is how to grow sprouts:
1. Assemble your equipment.
You will need a quart sized glass jar (canning jars work well), sprout seeds, and a secured covering for the jar that will allow water to drain out. Cheesecloth will work well for this, or you can buy commercial covers that fit canning jars, as seen here.
2. Soak your seeds overnight.
For this article, I sprouted organic broccoli sprouts. I put about two tablespoons of seeds in the jar, rinsed and drained the water out, then filled the jar to cover the seeds and let it sit overnight.
3. Rinse and drain your seeds at least twice daily.
In the morning, drain off the soak water, then rinse the seeds in warmish water (so it still feels cool on your skin, but not cold), shaking the jar gently to get the water over all the sprouts. Turn the jar upside down and let it sit to drain the water off. I leave my jar in my dish drainer so that the jar will drain right into the sink.
Continue rinsing and draining until your sprouts are ready to go.
Day 1 you will start to see some shoots.
Day 2 most of the seeds will be sprouted.
Day 3 and 4 the jar will rapidly fill
Day 5, ready to harvest.
Storage of Sprouts
Sprouts keep best when refrigerated. I keep them in a zipper bag with a bit of towel in it to absorb moisture. The sprouts are crunchy and fresh well up to a week after “harvest”. I’m not sure how long they would last in days, as ours are always eaten within a week.
Laura Earnest is a working mom who blogs at SimpleProductivityBlog and Laura Earnest: Solutions for Working Moms. She finds herself becoming more frugal as an outgrowth of a quest to simplify her life.
Thanks for sharing Laura! I’ve always wanted to learn how to grow sprouts, and this post has inspired me to get started. How about you?