We LOVE growing sprouts in our home. They add so much nutritional value, they are extremely inexpensive & we LOVE the added fresh flavor they bring to just about any dish! Especially during the colder months it is nice to get such a summery fresh flavor.
Sprouts are way easier than you think. I know I was way intimidated by them before I started growing them. I have found buying the right supplies made it less stressful for me. It was worth the extra cost and really it is so very minimal. So let’s get right to it…I want me some sprouts! 😉Click To Tweet
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What is Needed for Growing Sprouts
- Something to grow the sprouts in (I use these trays) you can use mason jars too but I found trays way easier!
- Sprouts – We use alfalfa & salad mix, the most. But you can sprout any vegetable or grain you want. I often sprout my own whole wheat for sprouted grain bread. I do that a little bit different though so I’m not going to go into that in this post.
Steps To Take to Grow Sprouts
- Soak sprouts in water overnight (for most sprouts I use 2 Tbsp per tray and just enough water to cover them)
- The next morning dump your sprouts into your trays and rinse them.
- Set them out covered.
- You will want to repeat the rinsing process 2 – 3 times a day, even after they start sprouting.
- This keeps them moist so they can grow.
- Once the sprouts have grown to the top of the tray (usually 4-5 days) you will continue to rinse them 2-3 times a day but you will leave them uncovered for 2 days. Then they should be nice and green and are ready to harvest.
How to Harvest Your Growing Sprouts
- Fill a really large bowl with water or thoroughly wash your sink and fill it 1/4 of the way full with water.
- Put your sprouts in the water. How much of your sprouts you wash at once depends on the size of your bowl. If you are using the sink a whole tray of sprouts or even more will fit.
- Wash your sprouts. You will want to get your hands in there and swish, swirl and agitate the sprouts about.
- This does several things. It cleans the sprouts, it removes the hull (the seed skin) from most of the sprouts & it separates them.
- I then remove as much of the sprouts as I can (you won’t get them all) and lay them out on a clean towel or paper towels. Make sure they are completely dry before you put them in the refrigerator.
Storing Your Sprouts
- Line Tupperware with a sheet of paper towel. I personally like rectangular shaped Tupperware like this Rubbermaid to make it easy.
- Put a layer of sprouts on the paper towel.
- Repeat layers like you would a lasagna. So paper towel, sprouts, paper towel, sprouts, etc. I finish with a layer of paper towel on the top. This helps absorb moisture.
- Put your lid on and store in the refrigerator.
How to Use Your Sprouts
On anything and everything! 🙂 Seriously, sprouts don’t have to stay cold or raw. We often cook with them. Try them in one of the following.
- Stir-fry – Add to your stir-fry the last 30 seconds of cook time.
- Soups – Again after you’ve put your soup to simmer add the sprouts the last 30 seconds before you remove from the heat and serve. It would be delicious in this Vegetarian Quinoa Chili.
- Sandwiches like this Chicken Pita Recipe
- Salads – warm or cold salads like this Turkey Burger Salad or Grains and Greens Salad. I also really like just having a sprout salad – SO good! I just have a bunch of sprouts on my plate and put some homemade ranch on them and enjoy!
- Casseroles like Chicken and Rice Casserole
- On top of a pizza … so yummy!
- Dinner bowls like Chimichurri Steak Bowl, Rice & Bean Haystacks or Asian Noodle Bowl
- On top of Oatmeal, like this Healthy Oatmeal
- In smoothies
- In omelets
These are just off of the top of my head. I’m sure there are tons of other great places to use sprouts.
Sprouts are totally worth the wait! Rinsing the sprouts each day really only takes a minute so they are super easy to maintain and grow. They don’t last indefinitely though so make sure you use them up in the first few days.
If they ever get slimy or smell funny, don’t use them. They’ve gone bad. Alfalfa sprouts and most “microgreen” type of sprouts should never be fuzzy. If they are fuzzy it is probably mold. Don’t eat them.
If you want to have a rotating stock just start growing new ones either when you leave out your current batch to green or wait until you harvest your sprouts to start a new batch.
Start experimenting now and enjoy your sprouts!
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