Sprouts make everything taste more fresh. Something about adding sprouts to anything makes you feel extra healthy.😊 The downside is that sprouts are expensive when you consider how much you get in a little package at the farmer’s market or grocery store. Rightfully so though, as they take time to make. Because of this, I decided to bite the bullet and order a sprout maker so that I could make my own sprouts at home. The last thing I wanted was another contraption to sit on my kitchen counter, but I decided it was well worth it. I had already tried the jar method with zero success. So here I am, showing you how to grow sprouts at home, with a contraption.
What You Need To Grow Sprouts:
- Seeds – I chose Alfalfa Sprouts since they are one of my favorite type of sprouts, but you can buy any sprouts you prefer. I buy the Food To Live Organic Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds.
- Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter Model VKP1200 – There is an older, all white version of this model if you happen to see it. Apparently it does not work as good, so go with this green one. Even if you are like me and are tempted to get the all white one because it matches your kitchen better. 😜
Health Tidbit: Alfalfa Sprouts contain a good amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, folate, vitamin k, and magnesium.
How To Grow Sprouts:
1. First, soak 2 tablespoons of alfalfa sprouting seeds (or whatever seeds you are using) in a small bowl of water for 8-12 hours.
You can do this before going to bed so that they soak throughout the night, or in the morning so that they soak throughout the day. This simple process gives the seeds a jumpstart prior to adding them into the Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter.
2. Secondly, drain & rinse the seeds in a fine mesh strainer.
3. Now, divide the soaked seeds into each of the 4 trays.
You want to divide the seeds somewhat evenly between the four trays. Spread them out as best as you can, so that they don’t overcrowd. I just use a spoon to spread them around a bit.
4. Once the seeds are in, put the green top on and add in 2 cups of room temperature water to the top green reservoir.
The water will slowly drain through all 4 trays. Let the sprouter sit on the counter and work it’s magic.
5. After waiting around 24 hours, it’s time to rotate the top tray with seeds to the bottom.
You want to take the top clear tray that contains seeds and rotate it to the bottom of the clear trays. The green base will stay at the very bottom.
6. Discard the old brown water from the bottom green tray. Add 1 cup of fresh water to the top green reservoir. Let the sprouter sit on the counter for around 24 hours again.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all 4 seed trays have had a chance to be on the top. The process will take 4 days.
If you are home and it’s easy to add in more water (1/2 -1 cup) to the top reservoir at around the 8-12 hour mark (on days you remember), do it. Sometimes I don’t add in any extra water and sometimes I do. It always turns out both ways if I presoak the seeds.
8. Finally, after every tray has had a chance to be on the top, your sprouts should be ready to go!
If you think they could use another day, just let it sit on the counter and add in another cup of water. It is normal however to have some brown hulls (looks like brown wet seeds) in the end. They are harmless. You usually get them when you buy sprouts as well, but you can rinse a good majority of these away by one of two ways. 1. Rinse a tray under the sink and move around the sprouts with your hand. Many of the brown seeds will easily separate this way. Just rinse them away. 2. Put your sprouts in a salad spinner with a little water. After spinning them, many of the brown seeds will separate and float up to the top when you press down on the sprouts. (I personally just rinse them a little and call it a day).
Once you are happy with how they look, don’t forget to empty the bottom reservoir of water before putting the contraption in your fridge. They are best if used up within 3-4 days. If they even last that long.
What is your favorite way to eat sprouts? I would love to hear!
Grateful you are here!! 💛🧡Riane
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