Making Sprouts

So, you wanna grow your own food in these nutritonally and economically poor times? Here’s how. Look in your pantry or purchase some beans/seeds/grains of your choice (my favorites are mung beans, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and wheat berries-easily purchased in virtually any grocery store) The method for sprouting all grains and seeds is the same-only the time it takes to sprout differs.

What you will need

  • Wide mouth mason jar
  • Cheesecloth or seran wrap with multiple holes punched in it
  • Pure, filtered water
  • Seed of choice


  • Fill jar one-third full with any grain, bean or seed
  • Add filtered water to the top of the jar and cover with cheesecloth or seram wrap with multiple holes
  • Secure with a rubber band
  • Soak overnight
  • In the morning, pour off the water. Rinse the seeds well, and pour off any remaining water
  • Invert the jar and allow it to drain. (either on an angle in a bowl or over a cookie rack and sheet allowing air to circulate
  • Rinse the seeds 2-6 times a day, using filtered water and in two to four days they should be ready
  • When sprouts are ready, keep them in the refrigerator and rinse daily. Use up within a few days

The most important part of sprouting is making sure to rinse the sprouts at least twice a day!

Posted on Friday March 20, 2009 by Kerri Cooper