We covered growing sunflower sprouts in our last post. This time I will explain how to grow alfalfa sprouts. They are very easy to grow and cost effective! Two tablespoons of those tiny little seeds can fill a whole half gallon glass jar.
Select high quality organic seeds for sprouting and soak them for twelve hours. I usually soak mine in the evening so they are ready to go the next morning. This post covers alfalfa sprouts but the method will work for any small seeds like clover, broccoli, and radish. You can even mix them together. After soaking rinse the seeds twice and you are ready to grow!
Growing the sprouts is very simple. You have several options of what to grow them in. They make sprouting systems that you can purchase but I use a mason jar or even a sprouting bag (http://www.e3live.com/all_products/nut_milk_sprouting_bag.html). A sprouting bag is very simple to use. You hang it near your sink and simply rinse it several times each day to water your sprouts. A mason jar needs a lid that allows you to rinse and drain the water without losing any seeds. You can purchase one or fit some screen or cheesecloth under the ring of the jar. When using a glass jar make sure you keep it at an angle with the opening down so the extra water can drain out to help prevent mold. One tablespoon of seeds should give you approximately 1 ½ cups of sprouts.
Keep your sprouts moist and out of direct sunlight for the first four to five days. When they are close to the size you want for eating (1/2 to 1 inch) put them in a window for the next day or two so they can use the sunlight to turn dark green. When you are ready to harvest your sprouts (1 ½ to 2 inches) give them a final rinse and let them dry. There is no cutting or extra step involved with your smaller seed family. They will keep in your fridge for five to seven days. Store them in a container with a paper towel to absorb extra moisture and keep them crisp.
Sprouts are good in so many things. You can add them to salads and sandwiches, eat them plain, juice them, and use them into smoothies. Sprouts also make a great healthy snack for kids. How do you use your sprouts? Tell us in the comments below…
Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!