Growing sprouts in a jar....how many of you do this? I am going to try it, and will share how it goes.
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Good MORNING…It is only -11 out this morning, when last Saturday it was -30. Warming up. Yes, I am a positive thinker and look on the bright side. Another morning of cold, and then it is going to warm up. But I will tell you, I am tired of this cold weather. We live in Iowa, and it will change. I found this article and looked interesting and something to grow now. How many of you do this? I am going to give it a try.
The easiest way to grow sprouts! By Su Reid-St. John
Sprouts are one veggie we think everyone should be growing at home. Not only do they add fresh flavor and crunch to salads, stir-fries, sandwiches, and wraps, but they’re also a great source of antioxidants. The easiest way to grow them is in a mason jar. Just follow seven steps to grow your own sprouts.
What Are Sprouts?
Before a plant “grows up,” it starts as a sprout. Eating 5- to 7-day-old seed sprouts of beans, broccoli, and other vegetables is incredibly good for you—even more nutritious than the full-grown plant.
Bean sprouts (also called mung bean and soybean sprouts) have long been popular in many Asian cuisines or as a filling. They are full of health-giving nutrients, protein, and fiber. Extra crunchy, they taste great stir-fried with finely chopped garlic, ginger, a little soy sauce, and a splash of sesame seed oil.
Broccoli, cauliflower, radish, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables are also great as sprouted vegetables; in fact, many people who don’t like to eat these vegetables when full-grown actually enjoy the sprouts, as they don’t have a bitter taste and are slightly sweet.
Microgreens are different than sprouts. They are also tiny, but they are the immature greens of arugula, radish, basil, and other plant seeds; their tiny leaves emerge within 10 to 20 days. Our colleague Robin did a test growing both microgreens and sprouts!
Sprouts grow much faster, making them the ultimate convenience food! Just follow these directions for the easiest way to grow sprouts at home.
How to Grow Sprouts in a Jar in 7 Simple Steps
Gather your materials. Aside from the seeds, there’s a good chance you’ve already got most of the materials somewhere in your home. Seeds can be ordered online or purchased at your favorite local garden shop.
Seeds (popular choices include alfalfa, broccoli, radish, soy, mung bean, and lentil)
Quart-size mason jar
Muslin, cheesecloth, or other fine mesh
Soak your seeds. Add a tablespoon of seeds to the jar and cover with a couple of inches of cool water. Cover the jar with a piece of muslin or cheesecloth and secure it with the rubber band. Let the seeds soak overnight.
Drain and rinse. In the morning, turn the jar over to drain the water through the cloth. Remove the cloth, rinse the seeds with fresh, cool water, and drain one more time.
Pick a good place. Give the jar a little shake to spread the seeds out, then set it on its side in a cool, dark place. Tip the jar to allow excess water to drain out and air to flow in. (Try propping it up in a bowl or dish drainer on a folded towel to keep it in place.)
Keep the seeds moist. Each morning and evening, rinse and drain the seeds to keep them moist, then return the jar to its spot.
Add sunlight. In 2 to 3 days or so, you’ll notice tiny light yellow leaves beginning to sprout. Move the jar to a place that gets indirect sunlight (direct sunlight will heat up the jar too much), and continue to rinse the sprouting seeds a couple of times a day.
Harvest and enjoy. Your sprouts are ready to eat when the leaves turn green and grow to the size you want—this usually takes around a week, give or take a couple of days, depending on the kind you’re growing. Rinse them one final time and either pat them dry with a clean towel and store them in a container in the fridge…or go ahead and eat them!
If you are a true sprout-eating fan, consider gathering some additional jars and starting a new crop every few days. That way, you’ll always have fresh sprouts on hand.
And if growing sprouts has whet your appetite (literally!) for indoor gardening,
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/how-grow-sprouts-jar-7-steps-sprout-heaven