Sprouting | in a jar
Growing sprouts in a jar is easy, durable and fun. And moreover, super healthy! You start your germination on your kitchen bench and within about 5 days you will be able to harvest your first crop. Without any fuss or hassle, because the germination does not require any space or (direct) sunlight. Moreover, it is a durable and cheap alternative for the never ending march to the supermarket with all its plastic usage. It only takes a minute a day to look after your little sprouts and subsequently you steal the show with your extremely nutritious little greens that look really good too!
- sprouting seeds
- a glass jar min. 500ML in size, e.g. a pickle jar
- sprouting gauze, or something similar that can function as a gauze: a piece of linen cloth, a cheese cloth, an onion net (folded over several times), be creative!
- an elastic band to secure the gauze around the jar
Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds in a cleaned jar. Secure the sprouting gauze with the elastic over the top. Fill the jar with water and allow the seeds to soak. Please refer to my GERMINATION CHART for information about the seeds, their soaking time etc. Now the daily rinsing starts. You rinse the seeds until the indicated germination time, every morning and every evening. An extra rinse at midday can do no harm either. Always use fresh tap water or bottled water for this. Fill the jar with water and swirl the seeds around in the jar so that every seed is wet. Then you pour the water out through the gauze and divide the seeds (later the germinated sprouts) along the side of the jar and place the jar on an angle (VIP!) This is essential so that any excess water can drip out and oxygen can flow freely in and out of the jar.
After the required germination time, it is tastier to remove the sprouts of their “hulls”. These are the skins of the seeds. By washing the sprouts in a bowl with plenty of water, you can easily remove the hulls. Most will come off by themselves and float to the top or sink to the bottom. Remove the sprouts from the bowl and the hulls and allow the sprouts to “dry” for another 24 hours. Now they are ready to enjoy!
- Germination is done at room temperature and not in direct sunlight or on any heaters
- Seeds generally germinate better in the dark, which can result in double the amount of sprouts! In some cases it is essential to germinate in the dark, such as with bean sprouts. You can create this darkness easily by putting a dark washcloth over your jar. The GERMINATION CHART reflects the yields.
- Sprouts that germinated in the dark are pale in color and rich in vitamin B2. Sprouts germinated in light are light green and rich in vitamin C.
- By soaking the seeds beforehand allows for more seeds to germinate, so you get higher yields. Sometimes it also results in a slightly faster germination process.
- You can store the sprouts in the germination jar in the fridge for about 4 days. You can also continue to keep rinsing the sprouts to extend their lifespan. The sprouts and their roots will then continue to grow. However, this will affect the flavor of the sprouts.
- You forgot to rinse. You might get away with it if it is not too warm in the kitchen, but if your seeds are dried out, you better start over.
- You stubbornly did not place the jar on an angle but on its head. This has caused the seeds to clump together and not receive enough oxygen, changing the seeds change into a kind of gooey mess. There is a realistic chance they will start to rot, which you will smell soon enough. Best to start over.