When I was growing up my dad liked alfalfa sprouts on his sandwiches instead of lettuce and I always added some to my salads from the salad bar… but I honestly can’t remember eating them at all in the past 15 years. As I became more interested in Juicing for health and detoxification, I became more aware of the high concentration of nutrition of sprouts. (click HERE for more information on nutrition in alfalfa sprouts) What’s really interesting is that once I started growing sprouts to snack on and use in my juices – my husband said he LOVES them! Just eats them by the hand full right out of the sprouter (he especially loves the radish sprouts since they are spicy!)
Growing sprouts at home is super-duper easy. They basically grow themselves, they take such little effort! And they are so much cheaper to grow at home than to buy sprouts at the store (they are $3.99+ for one of those little clamshell containers at my local grocery store!) There’s just a few supplies you need to get started sprouting.. And they are all available on Amazon.com and if you are a prime member you get free 2-day shipping (I recommend being prime to everyone, it’s such a great deal!!)
You need seeds to Sprout, I love the alfalfa sprouting seeds from the Sprout House:
and You’ll need something to sprout them in, I use the Victorio VKP10144-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter
and I’m sure you already have measuring cup/spoons… and you’ll need water. When I started sprouting I used regular tap water, but now I use filtered water, of course filtered is better of course but tap will work fine 🙂
Sprinkle 1/2T of sprout seeds in the tray of your sprouter (you can fill every tray at all at once or fill a tray each day for a more spread out harvest) Except the very bottom solid white tray that’s where the water will fill up after it trickles down. And you only use the lid that came with your sprouter if you want to store your sprouts in the tray in the fridge. I keep my lid on the bottom of the sprouter so I don’t loose it!
Stack all the trays and pour 2c of water in the top tray, (if you are starter a tray every day, keep your newest tray on top) the water will trickle down through each tray and fill the reservoir in the bottom. Let your sprouter sit in a low to moderately lit area, not in direct sun light. Ours sit on the right side of our kitchen window next to the sink, not in direct sun.
Once a day, dump out the water from the bottom reservoir and put another 2c in the top tray (to trickle down through all the trays). Repeat emptying and pouring every day until your sprouts are ready in about 4 days (you will know they are ready when they are as tall as the tray!) You can store them in the fridge for about 4-5 days, we like to eat them fresh from the tray as a snack, in our green juice or in a salad. As you empty one tray, refill it with more seeds for a continuous supply of sprouts!
To roughly estimate the cost per tray of sprouts.. a container of sprouting seeds is about $15 and will yield 80+ trays of sprouts, that’s $0.18/tray and if you want to factor in the cost of the sprouting unit into your first 80 trays of sprouts it costs $0.40/tray! Which is so much cheaper than the $4/container of sprouts at the store!!
So, now your all excited to start sprouting, RIGHT? It’s so simple and cheap there’s no excuse to not do it! And you can grow sprouts year-round in any kitchen, anywhere! Now, get your stuff ordered and get to sprouting and keep me updated! and of course I’m always here to answer any questions you have!! Happy Sprouting!