How to Grow Sprouts in Glass Jars
Don’t let living in a sectional title property stop you from growing your own food! With minimal effort you can grow and harvest fresh sprouts which give you a live enzyme boost and jazz up your salads, soups and sandwiches… Yum!
What you need:
- Large glass jars (one for each type of sprout you plan to grow)
- Sprout seeds – buy these from your local nursery
- New cheesecloth or thin kitchen cloth cut to size to cover the jar mouths
- Elastic bands to secure the cloth over the jar mouths
What to do for each sprout jar:
- Rinse your glass jar
- Rinse 45-100ml of sprout seeds (make sure they are clean) and place them in the jar
- Pour warm water into the jar, enough to cover the seeds and let them soak for 6-12hrs (small seeds) or 24hrs (large seeds)
- Once the required time is up, secure the cloth over the mouth of the jar with the elastic band and turn the jar upside down to drain (you can do this over the sink by placing your jars on a clean drying up rack. Make sure that the jars are in a warm place but not in contact with direct sunlight as that will fry your little seedlings.
- Rinse seeds 2-3 times a day and allow to drain.
Troubleshooting: If you see mould or slime – throw your seeds/sprouts away and start again.
Smaller seeds may be ready in 2 days whilst larger ones may take between 3 and 5 days to sprout.
Once ready, rinse and store in airtight container in your fridge ready for use. Use soon after harvesting to avoid them going off. Remember these babies are preservative free!
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