Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Friday, June 17, 2011

Grow Your Own Sprouts

With all the recent news about the safety of store-bought sprouts, it's time we just grow them ourselves! It couldn't be easier and only takes a few days!

You will need a one-quart jar, a piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band or a screw ring to hold the cheesecloth on. I use a combination of Mung bean, lentil, alfalfa, broccoli and radish seeds, enough to cover the bottom of the jar. There is no need to remove the cheesecloth to add water or drain, just run the water right through the cheesecloth. It is important to rinse and drain the seeds twice a day!

Day 1 PM:  Place seeds in jar, affix cheesecloth, rinse and drain the seeds, cover with water and let sit overnight.

Day 2 AM:  In the morning, drain water, rinse and drain seeds, roll jar around to distribute seeds evenly, cover and set aside.


Day 2 PM:  Rinse and drain seeds, roll jar around to distribute seeds evenly, cover and set aside. There will already be sproutage! :)
Day 3:  Rinse and drain the seeds in the morning and in the evening rolling the jar around to distribute the seeds evenly, cover and set aside. Watch them babies grow!

Day 4:  Rinse and drain the seeds in the morning and in the evening rolling the jar around to distribute the seeds evenly, cover and set aside. I'm always amazed at how fast they grow!
 Day 5:  Rinse and drain the seeds in the morning and in the evening rolling the jar around to distribute the seeds evenly, cover and set aside. Almost done!
Day 6:  Rinse and drain the seeds in the morning, looks like they are done to me! Expose sprouts to light for a few hours to green them up. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. If you don't use them all up in two to three days, rinse and drain well to keep them fresh and crisp.
Enjoy your homegrown sprouts on a salad or my favorite is a sandwich made with homemade multi-grain bread, homemade spreadable goat cheese, sprouts and a little salt and pepper! YUM!

11 comments:

edenhills said...

Oh, that really looks good. I've thought about trying to do the sprouts myself, but you make it easy enough to do.

Teresa

Candy C. said...

Hey Teresa!

With all the wacky weather we have been experiencing around the country I figured this was one crop we could all harvest reliably!

Donna O said...

Sprouts are def on my "to-do" list :0). Thanks for sharing. I "found" you via MJF :0)!

Candy C. said...

Thanks for visiting Donna! I LOVE the MJF website! Hope you try growing sprouts real soon!

Cathy said...

Candy, Is there anything you don't do? You are amazing. Cathy

Melody said...

I have been wanting to do sprouts forEVER! My only hangup was not knowing what seeds to use. I haven't bothered Googling it yet, but this post has definitely given me the kick in the pants to just DO it! :) Thx for that!


PS-- I also found you thru MJF. Mom sends her mags on to me, and I finally decided to go to her website. I'll never leave!! :)

Candy C. said...

Melody,

Definitely give it a try, you'll love your own homegrown sprouts! I agree about the MJF website, LOVE IT! :)

Heidi said...

Oh Wow,
I am so glad you mentioned this post in this week's gardening post Candy. I have wanted to sprout my own seeds for a while, but I didn't know what to do. Thank you! Your sandwich looks fantastic, I bet it tastes amazing too. Do you grill that yummy homemade multigrain bread?

Candy C. said...

Heidi,
It seemed like a good idea for the people who need a gardening "fix" in the middle of winter! :)
We like to toast it before making a sandwich sometimes, yum!

aka Jules said...

I'm soooo glad I found you... and this sprout blog... A few weeks ago, I got some mason jars and a sprout lid to start my own... and then I found you! Synchronicity!

Candy C. said...

aka Jules,
Glad I was "around" to help with your sprout growing! :)