Growing Sprouting Seeds in a jar for Well-being

by Penny Lynch

In our search for vitality and well-being, we often seek simple ways to enhance our health. One method gaining popularity is the practice of growing sprouted seeds in a jar.  Not only is this approach convenient and cost-effective, but it also offers a bounty of health benefits that can transform our diets.  It also makes a great activity to do with children as it gives relatively fast results.

Growing sprouted seeds in a jar is a straightforward process that requires a few basic supplies: a clean glass jar, a piece of cheesecloth or mesh, a rubber band or lid ring, and a handful of seeds of your choice.

To begin, select high-quality seeds suitable for sprouting, such as alfalfa, radish, lentils, or mung beans. Rinse the seeds thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt.  Place 2 tablespoons of your chosen seeds into the glass jar and cover them with water, allowing them to soak overnight to kick-start the sprouting process.

After soaking, drain the water from the jar and rinse the seeds again. Secure the cheesecloth or mesh over the mouth of the jar with a rubber band or lid ring, creating a breathable lid that allows air to circulate while preventing debris from entering.

Next, position the jar at an angle, allowing any excess water to drain out while still allowing air to flow in.  They will germinate faster out of direct sunlight so a tea towel placed over the jars can be used to keep them darker.

Over the next few days, continue to rinse and drain the seeds in the morning and in the evening to keep them moist and promote sprouting. As the seeds germinate tiny sprouts will emerge.

Once the sprouts have reached the desired length, usually within 3-7 days depending on the type of seed, they are ready to harvest.  Simply remove the cheesecloth or mesh lid, rinse the sprouts one final time, and enjoy them fresh in salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, or as a nutritious snack.

Not only are homegrown sprouted seeds delicious and versatile, but they are also bursting with essential nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibre that support your health. 


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