Written by Crafts-Women Community
If you want a simple method to grow and consume your own food, then you can’t go wrong with sprouts. These little plants are great at growing indoors and barely need any space. If all you have is a small jar that can sit on your counter, you’re perfectly set. It’s not even necessary to have the sun shining into the windows for your sprouts to thrive. Without a doubt, they are a must-grow at your home.
Not only are they easy, accessible, and particularly delicious, but they can also reap you some immense nutritional benefits. Whether you decide to raise some grains, seeds, or other various legumes, the anti-nutrients are more broken down for better digestion. You can also enjoy the additional vitamins and fiber goodness that come along. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the easiest sprouts to grow and learn more about how to grow sprouts at home.
What Are You Able to Sprout?
Believe it or not, but you can pretty much sprout almost any type of nut, seed, or legume that your heart desires. Craving some clover or mung beans? Maybe you’re feeling kale another day? Well, there’s nothing to stop you from getting started. Although you can virtually grow anything, however, there might be some exceptions you want to bypass just because it might be harder to get them right. This is especially true when it comes to select varieties such as chia seeds, flax, or other gooey seeds.
Another sprout to be cautious about is kidney beans. If your intention is to eat them raw, then you might be susceptible to the small toxin that it produces, which tends to result in some not-so-pleasant nausea and vomiting in people. On the other hand, if you sprout them and make sure to boil them for at least 10 minutes before enjoying them, then you’re good to go!
Another cool thing to note is that certain nuts don’t actually produce those familiar sprouts — instead, they form some “soaks,” which is basically when a seed never grows into a root throughout the process. Regardless of whether a root is present or not, this soaking process still does wonders for better digestion by breaking down those anti-nutrients. As usual, the taste is also hearty and excellent. For more of a crunch for your nuts such as almonds, you can choose to dry them through dehydration after soaking is over.
Now that you’re more familiar with the easiest sprouts to grow, it’s time to learn how to grow sprouts at home. If you’ve ever wondered just how do sprouts grow step-by-step, you’re about to find out. Let’s get growing!
1. Get Your Seeds Soaked
Even though not all seeds will take in the same amount of water, it’s always best practice to do a ratio of three parts water to the one part seed. As soon as you’ve got a good jar on your hands, place your seeds inside and add in your cold water. Stir around just to make sure that all your seeds are soaked. From there, you’re free to leave your jar open or if you want to have a cover, you can make one with a sprouter lid or some breathable fabric tied with a rubber band.
2. Drain and Rinse
Depending on what you’re sprouting, the soaking time will vary. On average, you can expect to leave your seeds in there for about eight to 12 hours. However, some seeds will only need to soak for as little as 20 minutes, so do your due diligence beforehand! Once that process is done, it’s time to drain your sprouts. If you’ve got a convenient sprouter lid on hand, you can easily tip your jar to let the water flow into the sink. If you used the breathable fabric instead, just remove it and grab a handy mesh sieve to contain your seeds and let the water run away.
After that batch of water is dumped out, you’re going to want to add more cool water, give it a swish or two, and then repeat the same draining process. You want to remove as much moisture as you can to keep your sprouts nicely drained. The more they’re able to breathe, the better!
3. Keep on Rinsing and Draining
If you thought the previous rinsing and draining was easy, then you’re just in luck! The rest of the sprouting process is pretty much the same thing. Now you just have to remember to pay your sprouts some attention at least twice a day in most cases. To care for them, all you need to do is give them a rinse with some cool water, drain all of that, and let the seeds enjoy their time in the jar.
As long as you keep consistent, you can expect to see your tiny baby sprouts within a short period of time — as little as a day or so! You could choose to harvest them and eat them right away, but most people tend to love their sprouts a little more when they reach a height of ½ to 2 inches long. Be sure to keep on rinsing, draining, and repeating until you’re at a length you’re happy with.