"Sprouts are filled with essential vitamins, proteins, and enzymes that cleanse, rejuvenate, and heal the body, sprouts just might be the perfect food." The Sprouting Book by Ann Wigmore.
I love sprouts in my salads and have recently started adding them to my smoothies. I have always purchased sprouts from the store, but I will not do that anymore. It is great to grow your own sprouts, because you know exactly what's in them and how they were grown. It is also a wonderful feeling to know that you grew your own food.
Growing your own sprouts is very simple. If I had known how simple it was, I would have been doing this a long time ago. One can grow sprouts in jars, sprout/nut milk bags, in trays with soil, etc. For this post I will share with you the jar method.
Since this is my first time sprouting, I decided to do something simple (alfalfa sprouts). I purchased the seeds from a natural health food store. Alfalfa sprouts are the easiest seeds to sprout.
Soak seeds over night. Rinse, invert and let water drain, by placing in a dish rack or bowl. Always store the jar inverted. Make sure to cover the jar to keep it from being exposed to light. I covered mine with a towel. Rinse the sprouts 2-3 times a day and let drain.
2 days later ~
My final day (4 days later) of sprouting, I left the jar uncovered so that sprouts could get light and develop the chlorophyll/green portions on the sprouts that you see.
Sprouts are ready. I will store in the refrigerator and eat them as soon as possible. The fresher the better.
Try growing your own sprouts. You will be glad you did!
Have a great week!