Growing Alfalfa Sprouts

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by admin in Growing Sprout Tips


Growing Alfalfa Sprouts is an easy process and can be very rewarding! You only need one simple piece of equipment: A one-quart mason jar with a stocking or cheesecloth stretched over the top and secured with a string, rubber band, or metal ring. You can grow alfalfa sprouts with this one jar in 6 easy steps!

1. SOAK THE SEEDS
Place 2 tablespoons of sprout seeds in the jar and cover with room-temperature water. The jar should only be about a quarter of the way filled. Soak the seeds overnight.

2.DRAIN
Drain the jar after soaking the seeds. Do not remove the cheesecloth or stocking, just let the water drain out through it. The seeds will be wet and will tend to cling to the insides of the jar. Roll the jar around, shake it a bit, until the insides of the jar are covered in seeds, allowing the seeds to spread out along the insides of the jar so that they can be exposed to the air. The air temperature should be between 70˚-80˚F for maximum results.

3. RINSE
Rinse the seeds twice a day. This is important for keeping bacteria, and fungus out of the seeds as they grow. After you pour water into the jar (through the stocking or cheesecloth), repeat step 2.

4. TRANSFER
At this point, your sprouts will begin to grow and may fill their original jar. If this happens, simply put half of the seeds into another quart-sized mason jar, cover with cheesecloth, and continue the process!

5. SUN
After 5-6 days, once the sprouts are the desired size, spread them out and put them in direct sunlight for 15-25 minutes. This will allow the green shoots to appear

6. STORE
After the sprouts look like you want them to, finish draining, dry them, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. Enjoy!

44 Comments on “Growing Alfalfa Sprouts”

  1. Yogi Bear

    This is my first time comment at your blog. Good recommended website. Sprouts are awesome!!!

  2. Emily

    I love growing sprouts! They are so tasty and nutritious in my breakfast sandwich and this article was a great read. Thank you! :-)

  3. Ming

    Fine article, fine blog, I bookmarked your blog, it is worth reading this. I enjoy growing sprouts, they are so nutritious! Thank you.

  4. Bev

    Hi, it’s a great article. I really love growing sprouts!

    I love adding sprouts to my salads, sandwiches, veggie wraps, stir fries, soups and as a garnish. Sometimes, I sneak a small handful of alfalfa or red clover sprouts into my smoothies as their flavor can’t be detected once blended.

    Though the initial costs of sprouters and seeds can be a little steep, the cost per batch of sprouts is quite low and much more economical than the cost of buying wilted, gross sprouts at your local grocer.

  5. Troy

    Hi, it’s a great article, and good info. Have you tried sprouting for smoothies? Sounds weird, but very tasty and nutritious!

  6. Capn' Hook

    Hi, it’s a nice article, and very nice review. I have a similar article in my link about how to grow sprouts. I give some recommended sprout lengths for harvesting and different uses for sprouts.

  7. Jackie Smolski

    Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? A raw foods diet can put you on top of the world! Sprouts are a yummy way to ingest more raw foods – the nutrients are up to 50 times the actual vegetable it grows into when it is still a sprout! And great dietary fibre too. My link gives info on growing sprouts at home, so you can grow your own superfoods inside, no soil needed!

  8. Ronald Jung

    I was originally looking for information on what to plant in my fruit garden. I’m not sure how but Google showed your blog and I found it might be worth reading so I decided to read it. I am happy I did because I came away with something to think about.

  9. admin

    Thanks Ronald, your blog on growing tomatoes upside down is relevant to growing sprouts indoors – more raw foods that you know are organic because you grew them yourself! And no need for a garden either (although they are good too)! Thanks for your comment!

  10. Ben Drovin

    Growing sprouts for your health is brilliant! The nutrients are out of this world… I have a whole list of types of sprouts to start with, in my link.

  11. Clinton Dolder

    Why don’t you check out my link to find out how to grow sprouts without daily rinsing?!

  12. Stevie Hardinson

    Hey, I grow alfalfa sprouts too. Far better than the shop bought stuff that has lost a heap of nutrients from sitting on the shelf!

  13. Stanford Penner

    Hey, great stuff! I have a similar blog to this. Head on over!

  14. Imagen

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  15. Massy

    Thank you for another good post. I haven’t sprouted in awhile now… I should get back into it, they are just so much better than store bought!!

  16. Kirk Corrie

    Hey, plant based whole foods are so good for you, aren’t they? I’m not a veggie, but I’m always on the lookout for great healthy foods, so you’all aughter get sprouting! :-)

  17. Ollie Seta

    Great article, ta!!!!

  18. Tim Schnarr

    You should try juicing alfalfa sprouts. Mix with orange and apple juice (fresh of course) for a REALLY nutritious and yummy drink…

  19. Garrett Nulty

    Have you seen my link to an article on “Sprouts as Medicine”? It’s the benefit of an alkaline environment that can get the body healing itself, as double Nobel Prize winner Dr Otto Warburg shows.

  20. Gazza

    This article shows that growing sprouts is easier than you think. Much quicker than growing the full veggie and more nutritious as well!

  21. Sharell Vaulet

    I found another site which gives the benefits of sprouts, including all the vitamins and trace minerals they have compared to normal vegetables. It’s in my link. Your blog is really helpful, thanks!

  22. Idell Homburg

    Yo i love your blog, found it while randomly surfing a couple days ago, will keep checking up. I think it’s important to take your own health into your own hands. Doctors generally just treat symptoms and throw drugs at you, which the body finds alien, so stores them as toxins, which end up causing worse disease down the track!

  23. Yolande Starcic

    Alfalfa is great for 99.9999% of people, however it can aggravate systematic lupus erythematosis, an inflammatory disease. So unless you have this, you should be pretty right with alfalfa.

  24. Josephine Worner

    Sprouting is an important part of healthy eating and living, I reckon.

  25. Hugh Baugus

    Great article!

  26. Isadora Wescott

    You can get the soaking AND sprouting time of a heap of different seeds in my link. Thanks for your article!

  27. Dee Federowicz

    You know, sprouts aren’t just a normal superfood, they can be a great meal in themselves. Some of the salads you can make with them are awesome! :)

  28. Lesley Burt

    “Wheatgrass Expert Michael Bergonzi Reveals Growing Sprouts Tips” is the article I’ve linked to. It looks like you can join their “community” for free and get free expert webinars on this subject.

  29. Lois Tavolario

    I’ve linked you to a basic overview of sprouting. Can’t have too much info on sprouts! ;)

  30. Leigh Felkins

    My link gives some useful info on sprouts. Thought you might like a peep! :)

  31. Dylan Smead

    I found a good comment on the health benefits of sprouted foods, in my link!

  32. Erick Friis

    It’s so easy and cheap to grow your own healthy sprouts!

  33. Rusty Drorbaugh

    I love growing wheatgrass and juicing it, actually.

  34. Drew Trieger

    Checkout this video of mysterious sprouts growing in containers! ;-)

  35. Brittany Elf

    Growing alfalfa sprouts in a jar is pretty quick and easy too.

  36. Shiela Fusha

    Great blog! Sprouts are so worthwhile…

  37. Ozell Mcshea

    I really like growing bean sprouts in a hemp bag, like this video shows.

  38. Christopher Rickel

    Found a video on growing leafy sprouts in an Easy Sprout Sprouter which you might like….

  39. Erik Mandolfo

    I’ve linked to a you tube video of sprouting which I think you might like.

  40. Juan Sigurdson

    Sprouts are so economical and nutritious! Thanks for your site – it complements mine perfectly.

  41. Sulema Chepiga

    I’ve learned that sprouting at home is a simple way to lower your food costs, increase the amount of raw food in your diet, and assure yourself that the sprouts you eat are safe.

  42. Nancie Mabry

    I’ve read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

  43. Hassan Priefert

    I love your site! I’m interested in growing sprouts too…

  44. Reynaldo Bueggens

    Your web site is awesome! I appreciate you for putting this up online and making growing sprouts easy for the average reader!

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