How-To-Sprout Guide

Learn how to grow your own sprouts at home

Sprouting seeds at home is easy and fun! Follow the simple sprouting instructions below to jumpstart your sprouting and learn how to sprout seeds at home with better results!

Broccoli sprouts ready to eat

These broccoli sprouts are ready to eat!

    Why learn how to grow sprouts?

    Sprouting brings dormant seeds to life and unlocks powerful nutrient reserves, making sprouts one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. Sprouts offer a more concentrated flavor profile than traditional greens, which makes them a great alternative or complement to lettuce and arugula.

    Sprouts go great with sandwiches, on burgers and in soups, or in salads. You can also blend sprouts into smoothies or even use larger sprouts including mung bean sprouts to make a stir fry or dishes like pad thai. Sprouted grains, beans and legumes can be cooked as normal or dried and made into flour or bread.

    In addition to health benefits, sprouting seeds in a jar is fun! It's super easy to grow sprouts at home and requires only about 5 minutes a day. Sprouting let's you enjoy the reward and excitement of growing your own food at home even when you don't have space to grow large plants or vegetables outdoors.

    Broccoli sprouts seeds after soaking, before sprouts emerge

    Broccoli sprouts seeds after soaking, before sprouts emerge

    Sprouting instructions: 7 steps to perfect sprouts

    1. Add 1-2 tablespoons of your chosen seeds to your sprouting jar or wide-mouth mason jar.

    2. Fill the jar halfway full of water (tap water is OK), covering seeds with an extra 1-2 inches of water on top.

    3. Leave sprout seeds to soak for 8-12 hours or overnight.

    4. Pour off the excess water.

    5. Place jar upside down or at an angle so the excess water can drip out.

      (If you’re using the 4-piece sprouting set, use the adjustable metal stand to drain the sprouting jar on top of the ceramic tray.)

    6. Rinse and drain the seeds 2-3 times a day for the next 4-5 days.

    7. Sprouts are ready after 5-6 days or when leaves begin to turn green.

      TIP: You can set the sprouts into bright light or indirect sunlight on the final day, which will increase chlorophyll production and stimulate photosynthesis. The result is sprouts that are extra green and have a stronger sprout flavor.

    What sprouts varieties should you grow at home?

    The best sprouts varieties for beginners are alfalfa sprouts, radish sprouts and broccoli sprouts. These are easy and quick to grow and have a mild sprout taste (although depending on the variety some radish sprouts have a spicy flavor). Here are links to my favorite organic alfalfa sprouts seeds and organic broccoli sprouts seeds from Nature Jim's.

    If you want to try growing bean sprouts, you don't need complicated machinery or a bean sprouter. Consider starting with mung bean sprouts or lentil sprouts and check out my guide to growing bean sprouts in a jar. Many of the instructions for how to grow bean sprouts apply for sprouting lentils as well.

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    Happy sprouting!

    Get started growing your own sprouts at home!

    The sprouting jar sets from Sproutify Supply Co. are designed for quick and easy seed germination and come with a standard size wide-mouth sprouting lid, which you is reusable with other wide-mouth mason jars you may already have.

     These alfalfa sprouts are ready to eat