Learn how to grow sprouts in your kitchen.

One of the cleanest  and highest quality sources of protein are sprouts. With high amounts vitamins A, B, C, E, K, they contain more calcium than cow’s milk and all of the essential amino acids. Like the “incredible, edible egg” only without all the cholesterol, they qualify as a complete protein (quinoa is another). They are a superfood! Enjoy them plain, flavor with a delicious vinegar or toss into salads and sautés.

I even serve them for breakfast!

Note: I once discreetly added them to a batch of brownies. Coincidently, my kids said “no thanks” to dessert that evening. Whatever. More for me.

Sprouts can go bad fairly quickly, and grocery stores have difficulty with quality control. Pregnant women are actually advised to avoid them due to e-coli and salmonella contamination, a risk that is greatly reduced in a vegan kitchen where there are no meat, eggs or dairy products to contribute the bacteria. The key to keeping them clean is to rinse them regularly. Soaking briefly in diluted vinegar or lemon juice before consuming would offer additional safeguard.

It’s easy and inexpensive to learn how to grow sprouts! There are many varieties, and it’s fun to create unique and flavorful combinations.

I go through sprouts fast, and often start another batch before the first is gone.

Instructions for how to grow sprouts:

  • Soak about 2 tbsp of seeds in water for 24 hours.
  • Transfer to a glass jar.
  • Rinse well every 12 hours or so. I found a $1 screen in the hardware section at Meijer that works perfectly for draining the water.
  • Store them on the window sill or clean counter top where you’ll remember to rinse and eat them regularly.

Within 2 days, you have early spouts. They continue to flourish through about day 6. Transfer to the refrigerator if you need to extend their life a day or two, but they’re best to eat at peak freshness.

You can find many varieties of seeds and specialty storage bags/jars at any health food store. Start simple; save your next pasta jar and add Sprout House’s organic sampler to your cart on Amazon. Learn how to grow sprouts, and you’ll never run out!

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