Simply Resourceful

Simple ways to be more conscious about how we use our resources.


Tonight we had tuna sandwiches with sprouts.  Yum!  Sprouts are ridiculously expensive in the grocery store and also have unnecessary chemicals on them to keep them looking "fresh" and green.  Making sprouts at home is so simple and affordable.  All you need is a mason jar, a sprouting lid, and seeds.  Sprouts are also very high in nutrition and good for you!

There are a variety of seeds to choose from, with alfalfa being the most popular.  The bag of seeds in the picture maybe cost $1.50 and will yield thousands of sprouts.  All of the supplies should be found at a Natural Food Store, and possibly a regular grocery store.  To make the sprouts, you first soak the seeds in a jar full of water for 24 hours.  After 24 hours, the water can be drained out.  Shake the jar so the seeds are clinging to the side of the jar. 

Over the course of about a week, rinse the jar with water every day so the seeds don't dry out.  In about a week, the sprouts are fully grown with leaves and ready to eat!  To give them a more "fresh" look, place the jar in the sun, and the leaves will get really bright green. 


jenn merfee-t February 14, 2011 at 7:32 AM  

I wonder if bean sprouts could be done the same way, or plant seedlings. Thanks for the ideas!

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