As part of my efforts to eat an organic clean food diet I’d been wanting to try sprouts for a long time. When I go to the pita store I always load up on the sprouts but I could never find them at the local grocer to buy for home. While at the health food store the other day I stumbled upon a sprouting jar for under $10 and some organic alfalfa seeds that I’m sure will last me FOREVER!
So for under $30 I was setting myself up to have fresh organic alfalfa sprouts for quite some time – infact this was so successful I think I’m going to get a few more jars! I was amazed at just how simple the process was and how quickly my jar was jam packed full of sprouts. As a caution after reading many articles about sprouting they talk about bacteria growning duirng the process – I rinsed my sprouts with filtered water each time and made sure to keep the broken up as much as possible. If you are still unsure you can cook them – they will lose some nutrients – but this will kill the bacteria. Please do not eat your sprouts should they smell funny or have an odd taste.
Here’s the process I used:
- 2 tbsp of alfalfa seeds + 6 tbsp of filtered water. Pour over seeds and rinse well. Drain water. Add 6tbsp of filtered water and let seeds sit for 12hrs or over night.
- Rinse seeds well with filtered water, drain and set jar in indirect sunlight – beside the sink is perfect. Let seeds sit for 12 hours.
- Repeat the rinse and drain cycle every 12 hours or so for 3-5 days and you should have a nice amount of sprouts.
- When the green leaves appear and the brown seed parts are starting to fall off you’re ready to harvest.
- Transfer to a large bowl and fill with filtered water. Loosen sprouts with your hands. The brown seeds will separate and you can scoop them away with a spoon. Repeat rinsing until you’ve gotten as many of the brown seed pods as possible – toss them in the compost.
- Refigerate your sprouts and eat them within in a few days for optimal freshness.
This was my first attempt at sprouting anything and it seemed to go off without much of a hitch. Would you ever try growing your own?