How to Grow Sprouts at Home

Sprouts, the young shoots of germinated seeds, offer a wealth of health benefits due to their rich nutritional profile and high bioavailability of essential nutrients. Packed with vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, sprouts provide a potent nutritional boost. The process of sprouting enhances the bioavailability of these nutrients, making them easier for the body to absorb.

Additionally, sprouts are rich in antioxidants like flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which help protect the body against free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. Including sprouts in your diet can thus contribute to better overall health and well-being.

Sprouts are easy to grow right at home! This is much easier than trying to find sprouts in stores, and sprouts can be very expensive. You only need a few things to get started!

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What You Need

Sprouting seeds (e.g., alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, broccoli)

A wide-mouth glass jar or sprouting jar

A mesh sprouting lid or cheesecloth and a rubber band

Water

You can purchase a seed jar kit like this on Amazon.

How To Grow Your Sprouts

Soak the Seeds

  • Place 1-2 tablespoons of seeds in the jar.
  • Cover the seeds with water, filling the jar about halfway.
  • Secure the mesh sprouting lid or cheesecloth with a rubber band over the jar opening.
  • Let the seeds soak for 8-12 hours or overnight.

Drain and Rinse

  • After soaking, drain the water through the mesh lid or cheesecloth.
  • Rinse the seeds with fresh water and drain again. Ensure all excess water is removed to prevent mold growth.

Start the Sprouting Process

  • Place the jar at an angle, mouth down, in a bowl or dish rack to allow drainage and airflow. There are stands for sprouting jars that keep them at an angle.
  • Keep the jar in a well-lit area, but no direct light.

Rinse and Drain Daily

  • Rinse the seeds with fresh water twice a day, in the morning and evening.
  • Drain well each time and place the jar back in its angled position.

Monitor Your Sprouts

  • Over the next few days, you’ll see the seeds begin to sprout.
  • Most sprouts are ready to harvest in 4-6 days, but this can vary depending on the type of seed.

Harvest and Store

  • Once the sprouts have grown to your desired length, give them a final rinse and drain well.
  • Remove the sprouts from the jar and let them air dry for a few hours to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Store the dried sprouts in a covered container in the refrigerator. They typically stay fresh for up to a week.

Tips for Success

  • Temperature: Keep the sprouting jar at a moderate room temperature (65-75°F). Too much heat can cause mold, and too little can slow growth.
  • Light: Avoid direct sunlight until the final day. On the last day, expose the sprouts to indirect sunlight for a few hours to develop chlorophyll and turn green.
  • Cleanliness: Ensure all equipment is clean to prevent contamination. Rinse seeds thoroughly each time to maintain freshness.

By following these easy steps, you can enjoy fresh, nutritious sprouts grown right in your own home.

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10 Comments

  1. Tara Pittman says:

    That stand would make it so easy to drain the water. I will be trying sprouts.

  2. What a fantastic guide on growing sprouts at home! I’m inspired to try this healthy and sustainable practice in my own kitchen. Looking forward to adding fresh, homegrown sprouts to my meals soon. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I need to give this a try. Sounds easy enough to try out too. Love it! I’d love to have my own sprouts growing.

  4. Melanie E says:

    I’ve not grown sprouts for ages. I never tried growing them in jars. I had better get saving some so I can try this way. Way a great idea.

  5. Sprouts are such a powerhouse of nutrients and antioxidants. Growing them at home sounds like a great way to ensure freshness and save money. Thanks for sharing these benefits!

  6. I will try it this way as well for it looks efficient in so many ways.. been a while since I attempted to grow sprouts

  7. Melissa Cushing says:

    I am so loving this and am thinking of growing my own sprouts. they are really yummy on a sandwich and growing them looks so cool too!

  8. I love sprouts or bean sprouts. I haven’t tried growing them, though. I’d like to try. Thanks for the tips!

  9. This is such a great post, I have some sprout seeds and a few other seeds I have yet to grow. Thanks for sharing this post

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