The Sprout Garden Tray Method:
•Use ¼ cup of small seeds or ½ cup of large seeds. Soak for 8-10 hours and then drain.
•Transfer seeds to the sprouting tray, the one with a center hole and several tiny drain holes on the bottom edges. Spread the seeds evenly so they have plenty of room to grow.
•Rinse and drain, gently agitating the seeds so they all get exposed to water. Cover with the cover tray and repeat rinsing and draining process twice a day.
•Once your seeds have sprouted ¼ to 1-inch tails, they are ready to eat! Optionally, for sprouts like alfalfa and broccoli, place in direct sunlight for a few hours for added “greening”.
•You can have several sprout crops growing at once. Just stack the sprout tray and cover it to create your own sprout tower. Try timing it right so when one crop is consumed, another is ready for harvest!
•Store sprouts for several days by drying them with a paper towel and placing in an air-tight container in your vegetable bin. Sprouts risk freezing if stored wet.
The Sprout Jar Method:
•For a quart jar, use ¼ cup of small seeds or ½ cup of large (double the seed amount for a half-gallon jar). Pour seeds in jar then fill with water and let soak for 8-10 hours.
•Drain out all the soak water. Place jar in a bowl out of direct sunlight. Place your bowl and jar in a space with good airflow. Stagnate air may cause your sprouts to spoil.
•Rinse seeds 2-3 times daily. Keep jar at an angle to allow air to flow in and out of the jar through the sprout lid. This also allows excess water to drain.
•When sprout "tails" are between ¼ and 1 inch in length, they are ready to eat! Thoroughly rinse before eating and remove any debris such as discarded hulls.
•Place sprouts such as alfalfa, broccoli, and clover, in direct sunlight for a few hours. This optional process is called "greening" and it allows the sprouts to acquire chlorophyll through photosynthesis, which gives sprouts added color and nutrients.
•Store sprouts for several days by drying with a paper towel and placing in an air-tight container in your vegetable bin. Sprouts risk freezing if stored wet.