If you remember my last post (countertop lettuce stub), you'll remember that I've been growing things on my counter lately. Something that I grow fairly regularly on my counter is sprouts. My family loves them and the great thing about sprouts is that you can use them in or on anything; sandwiches, wraps, sushi, salads, garnish... You name it!
Growing sprouts is very low maintenance. It requires a mason jar, water, and a sprouting lid. I purchased a set of three sprouting lids (different sized holes) a few years ago online. (Purchase different sizes because seed size varies.) The bonus to growing sprouts on your counter is that the list of sprouts (and flavors) is endless: broccoli, alfalfa, chia, clover, lentil, kamut, quinoa, spring salad, sunflower... Just to name a few. My family's favorite is spicy radish. There is also a long list of benefits to eating sprouted grains like some of the previously mentioned. Growing sprouts at home can also be cost effective. A small bag of sprouting seeds (even organic) that allows you to grow seeds multiple times can cost about $4.00 (or more), roughly the cost of one package of store bought sprouts. The only downside, that I can think of, to countertop sprouts (and not store bought), is that they take a few days to grow!
The method for growing sprouts is the same for all seeds, the length of time to grow and the soaking times to begin the process can vary, follow package directions.
1) Choose your seeds and measure into mason jar (usually two or three tablespoons of seed)
2) Add water (usually 1 cup, but can vary) and allows to soak according to package directions
3) Drain the water and allow the seeds to rest at an angle (allowing the water to drain), I use a small dish to let the jar rest and catch the water drips
4) The rest of the process is fairly simple: rinse the seeds/sprouts every morning and evening as they grow
5) Once the seeds have sprouted, I use the lid with the largest holes to rinse, shake, and drain the seed casings (repeat process a few times) and then store in my fridge in an airtight container to eat and enjoy!
DAY ONE: In this picture, I'm soaking the lentil mix for 8 hours. I usually start soaking them around lunch time and then drain them before I go to bed. My 8 hour measurement isn't precise.
DAY TWO: You can actually see the seeds starting to sprout and the jar resting at an angle for drainage.
DAY FOUR: Growing!
DAY SIX: Ready to harvest.
You can see the seed casings have floated to the top.
Ready to enjoy!