How do you grow alfalfa sprouts in jars? They could be bean sprouts or any other kind of sprouts, too.
Hardiness Zone: 2a
By Joan from Calgary, Alberta
Soak alfalfa seeds in water for several hours or overnight. (I usually use about 2 tablespoons which makes approximately 2 cups of sprouts for me). Then using a tea strainer with holes smaller than the alfalfa seeds, drain and add fresh water each day for several days, or until the sprouts are the size you want. Put the sprouts in a large bowl of water and swirl them around with your hands in order to get some of the seeds to fall off before draining water off. (I use a colander or a large tea strainer.) If you want them to be a darker green, put them in a sunny window for several hours before storing them in a covered jar or bowl in the refrigerator.
The "thrifty" method would be to use a recycled jar and poke tiny holes in the lid. Or, you could use a quart jar, and a canning ring and for the lid use cheese cloth, or you can buy for $5 a sprouting lid, which is a lid with a screen top. Add your seeds to the jar with water, let soak, then drain of the water. Refill daily, let sit in the water a couple hours then drain. Do daily, until they sprout.
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