This method is best for pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts and wheatgrass.
A pan or casserole dish
Organic sprouting seeds of choice
Line the casserole dish or pan with 2 inches of organic soil.
Sprinkle a handful of seeds on top, then cover the seeds with another inch of soil.
Spray water on the soil daily.
Once 4 to 5 days have passed, you can harvest your sprouts. Carefully trim the sprouts with kitchen scissors.
Soak and sieve method
Use the soak and sieve method to sprout buckwheat, chickpeas, lentils, mung bean and quinoa.
A clean container to soak the beans, peas or lentils in
Soak the beans overnight.
Rinse them thoroughly in the sieve, then put the sieve over a bowl.
Rinse the beans twice per day: once in the morning, then once in the evening. Cover the beans with a towel.
Once the beans start sprouting, harvest as needed.
Sack or cheesecloth method
This method suits alfalfa, broccoli, cabbage or clover sprouts.
Nut sack or cheesecloth (purchase at health foods stores and hardware stores)
Seed or lentil of choice
Food-grade hydrogen peroxide (Optional, to prevent mold growth)
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds to the nut sack.
Put the sack in a mason jar, then fill the jar with water. Cover all the beans. Let the beans soak for 12 to 24 hours.
Drain the water, then rinse the seeds. Leave the nut sack and seeds hanging in the empty jar.
Rinse the sproutlings twice a day. During each rinse, wash the sproutlings several times before leaving them to drain.
If you use food-grade hydrogen peroxide, add half a teaspoon to the water. Let sit for five minutes before rinsing several times to prevent mold growth.
Keep the sprouts refrigerated and rinse daily.
Types of sprouts
The sprouts included in the list below are protein-rich. They also contain vitamins A, C, E and K, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
Mung bean sprouts
Red clover sprouts
Buy the right kind of sprouting seeds
Use high-quality raw seeds for sprouting. Cooked or toasted seeds won't sprout.
Don't get seeds that have not been irradiated, which destroys essential nutrients. Buy fresh seeds that are organic to avoid chemicals or pesticides.
Homegrown sprouts are cheaper compared to store-bought ones, and they're rather easy to grow. Try sprouting with beans, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and see which ones suit your tastes and nutritional needs.