Sprouts are a great addition to your diet for their many health benefits. They are high in various vitamins, nutrients and enzymes that the body needs. The sprouting process also improves the protein and fiber content of the beans, nuts, seeds and/or grains. In addition to the many health benefits of sprouts, they are also easy for the body to digest.
Rather than buying them at the store, it's very easy to grow your own sprouts at home. This way you will always have fresh sprouts on hand to add to your favorite dishes. Plus, you will save money by doing it yourself which is always a bonus.
Sprouting seeds can be found online at various retailers including Amazon, Burpee and mountainroseherbs.com. They can be purchased as individual types of seeds or mixes of several different kinds. Sprouting trays can also be purchased online and at various stores including Williams-Sonoma and take up very little space in the kitchen.
What you'll need:
- Sprouting seeds
- Sprouting tray
- Mason jar
- A small piece of cheesecloth or muslin
- A rubber band
What you'll do:
Rinse two to three tablespoons of sprouting seeds with clean, cold water and place them in a Mason jar. Fill jar with clean, cold water and cover with a small piece of muslin or cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band. Soak the seeds for eight to 12 hours.
Drain the water from the jar by turning the jar upside down over the sink. After drained, remove the cloth and spread the seeds evenly in a thin layer over the sprouting trays. Rinse the seeds with cold water and drain. Place the lid on top of the tray. If using more than one tray, stack the trays together and place the lid on top.
Store the sprouting trays in the kitchen out of direct sunlight or in a warm, dark location like a cupboard. Twice a day, rinse the trays of seeds with cold water. Drain off any extra water that has gathered in the trays and the base. This will prevent the seeds from going moldy.
Once the sprouts are a few centimeters long, they are ready to eat. This usually takes two to seven days depending on the sprouts you are growing. Store sprouts in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator. Rinse thoroughly before eating.
The whole sprout including beans and shells can be eaten in a variety of ways. Add them to sandwiches, salads, soups, pizzas or your other favorite dishes so you can enjoy their many health benefits.