Growing Alfalfa Sprouts
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!