Grow Crunchy Sprouts Indoors
Prepare jars of sprouts on a daily basis. This easy project is ideal for children, who love to watch the plants develop.
Time to Complete: 5 minutes each day
Varieties to Try
- red cabbage
- snow peas
- packets of beans or seeds
- sprouting jars with lids or tiered sprouters
- storage containers
Clean the Container
Proprietary sprouting jars with meshed lids and tiered sprouters are widely available from garden centers. Make sure you clean them thoroughly before each use. Then pour seeds into your jar (or sprouter), fill it with water, and leave the seeds to soak for 8–10 hours.
Rinse and Drain
After soaking, invert the jar over the sink and allow the water to drain out. Rinse the seeds again in fresh cold water and drain again. Make sure there is no water left in the bottom of the jar, and place it in a light area out of direct sun.
Rinse and drain the seeds with cold water twice a day to keep them clean and moist. Many seeds sprout and are ready to eat in four or five days. When they are ready, give the sprouts a final rinse, drain, and leave for eight hours to allow excess water to evaporate.
Store and Use
When the sprouts are dry, use them immediately, or store them in the refrigerator for up to five days. If any go moldy, discard them. You can also store the beans in a dark cabinet which will produce white sprouts that have a slightly different flavor to the green ones grown in light.