Besides being so much fun to grow, sprouts are really good for you. They may help relieve symptoms of menopause and PMS, hot flashes, and are used by some cultures to treat cancer.
Only a few supplies are needed and it takes about 3-5 days depending upon the type of seed. Sprouts are grown indoors and take up very little space. You can buy fancy seed sprouters but I grow mine in mason jars.
Use only organic seed from a reliable source. I’ve purchased from both Hippocrates Institute and Perfect Foods. If you order from Perfect Foods be sure to tell Rebecca I sent you. :-)
Sprouts are a very affordable food source and pack a lot of punch. They are high in water content making them easy to digest. And, they are super nutritious!
Let’s take broccoli sprouts as an example. Broccoli contains sulforaphane. Raw broccoli has ten times the amount as cooked and broccoli sprouts have five to ten times the amount of sulforaphane as raw. Sulforaphane has many benefits including the ability to influence the part of human DNA that affects diseases.
How to Sprout in Jars
- Wide mouth canning jar
Screen top for jar
Choose one with openings small enough that the seeds won’t fall through
- Pure, chemical free, water for all steps where water is mentioned. I boil it in the kettle and let sit until it’s reached room temperature
Measure out appropriate amount of seed to fit jar
Place seeds in jar
Rinse with water
Pour pure water in jar, enough to cover seeds
Let soak for 2-3 minutes
Drain water off
Pour water in jar to 3 times the height of seeds
Soak for 5-8 hours depending on type of seed you’re sprouting
Turn jar upside down and place in a dark, fairly warm location
Let sit for 8 hours
Pour pure water in jar and gently rinse seeds
Turn jar upside down and and return to dark, fairly warm location
Repeat steps 13 and 14 until seeds have sprouted a pair of leaves that are starting to separate
Place jar in natural light, not direct sun, until the leaves green up
Gently remove sprouts from jar
Place in a bowl, cover with water, and skim off seed sheaths. This is not absolutely necessary. I do not do this step.
Put sprouts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll last about 5-7 days.
To watch a quick video on how to do it click the button below.
I hope you’ll give sprouting a try. It really is fun and easy. If you get stuck and need help contact me.
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