Today I’m going to show you how to grow your own sprouts! All you need is a big jar, a piece of cheesecloth, a rubber band, and a towel. It’s like magic. You can sprout just about any kind of seed, bean or grain. This was my first attempt, and I sprouted black lentils and quinoa, because that was all I had in the house. I also threw in some brown rice. I had a feeling the brown rice wouldn’t sprout, and I was right. Next time I’m going try chickpeas and mung beans. You can even do vegetable and herb seeds. Radish sprouts are spicy and delicious.
Put some seeds in the jar. I used a half a cup, which pretty much filled a quart size jar once they had sprouted. I might use less next time. A quart of sprouts is a lot of sprouts.
Pour some water into the jar. Cover the seeds by about an inch or so, and cover the mouth of the jar with cheesecloth. Let them soak for a few hours or overnight. Pour off the water and give your seeds a good rinsing. Drain again. You want them to be wet but not standing in water. Place the jar on its side. prop up the bottom a little so the mouth of the jar is tipped down. Cover the jar with a towel and leave it alone.
Give the seeds a good rinsing at least twice a day, 3 or 4 times a day is ideal. Within a day you’ll see some seeds starting to sprout. They’ll be ready after about 5 days or so.
Then you can make my favorite sandwich– hummus, avocado, cucumber and sprouts, a pinch of sea salt and a splash of balsamic vinegar on a whole wheat pita.