First, what are sprouts? When I mentioned that I was growing sprouts to add to my wraps and eggs, I kept getting the same response: “Sprouts? You mean, like, bean sprouts?”
Well, not exactly.
Sprouts come from many different kinds of seeds that you can grow simply by rinsing them.
I first researched sprouting containers and systems, which seemed great, but at the time, I didn’t want to put $50 into something I might not even like or be awful at doing.
So, I got creative.
Amazon had a huge Handy Pantry organic mix of alfalfa, radish, and broccoli seeds that I could use for microgreens or in my garden if my sprout adventure was futile. Total cost was around $44. It is a giiiiaaaaant container that I am still using.
Next, I found a plastic take-out container and a shot glass.
I filled the shot glass halfway with seed, filled with water, and let sit overnight.
In the morning I rinsed them.
I spread them into the container evenly and covered the top with a dishtowel (sprout seeds need darkness).
When I finished work, I rinsed them again, using the lid to drain the water. Rinsing 3 times a day gave me the best and fastest results.
Rinsing two to three times a day, I repeated this process until I had growing sprouts!
This only took 2 days when it was warm, 3 when it was colder (my sprout adventure began in the Wintertime). I removed the towel and replaced with the clear lid so the sprouts could absorb some sunshine and do some photosynthesis. At this point, you want to leave room for air circulation, so I offset the lid and did not close it all the way.
By now, I had affordable sprouts that I could put in the fridge to keep fresh for a few days. You can get the seed hulls off by giving the sprouts a nice rinse in the container and skimming the hulls off the top since they float. This keeps your sprouts fresher longer!
Not only are they an excellent source of protein, but sprouts also have excellent vitamin content, are low in calories, and are reported to be an immune system booster.
Please take care to rinse your seeds frequently and drain them thoroughly so they don’t get bacteria or mold on them. If for any reason they smell funny or look ill, please discard them. Due to the nature of moist environments, proper care is needed for them to grow safely and healthy.
Add sprouts to wraps, salads, eggs, burgers, or whatever you can think of. Share your ideas, below!