How to make a seed sprouter at home

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How to make your own Seed Sprouter

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Forget spending $20-$50 on seed sprouters when you can make one from recycled jars. To make your own seed sprouter you will need:

1. a jar
2. Twine
3. Old rag
4. Elastic band
5. Seeds
6. Hook to hang it from

Instructions on how to make your own seed sprouter
1. Tie the twine around the base of the jar using a simple knot.
How to make a seed sprouter at home

2. Adjust the twine for the right height that you need and then wrap the twine around the top of the jar before tying a slip knot at the top.

How to make a seed sprouter at home
3. Put the seeds into the jar
4. Place the rag over the top of the jar and fix using the elastic band. Cut the excess rag off from around the sides and piece the rag to create a small hole (small enough that seeds won’t come out of). This will help the water flow from inside the jar.
5. Fill the jar up with water and adjust the twine so that the jar is facing upwards.

How to make a seed sprouter at home
6. Soak the seeds for the desired times
7. Turn the jar upside down and allow the water to drain

How to make a seed sprouter at home
8. Water twice a day by spraying the hose directly onto the top of the jar and let the water drain out.
9. Watch your sprouts and seeds grow and then EAT THEM!

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Fenugreek sprouts in home made sprout jar

You can create as many of the jars as you like, letting some soak in stages whilst others grow.


How to Make Sure Your Sprouted Seeds Are Safe to Eat

When reading about sprouting seeds at home, the threats of bacteria such as E.coli, salmonella and listeria are often mentioned and of course you can become very sick by eating contaminated food. Whilst this an issue we need to take seriously, safe food-handling techniques can prevent problems.

Safe Seeds

Buy your seeds, beans and legume for sprouting from a trusted source, choose a vendor who specializes in quality ‘seeds for sprouting’. Most reputable sprouting seed vendors make sure their seeds are tested for bacteria by a third-party independent laboratory (the lab is not owned by the farmer, supplier, or vendor). The seeds will be noted as bacteria free. If you buy seeds from a regular food store, there is no guarantee they have been tested for bacteria because it is assumed the seeds will be cooked, not eaten raw.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Keep Your Sprouting Equipment Clean

Safe food-handling practices are very important. Wash all sprouting equipment in warm, soapy water and let it air dry. Mason jars and some plastic sprouters (check the manufacturer’s instructions) can be washed in the dishwasher. Make sure your work surfaces and utensils are clean and dry.

Wash Your hands

Before touching your seeds or sprouting equipment make sure your hands are clean by washing them for 20 seconds or more in warm, soapy water, then rinsing and drying them.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Rinsing and Soaking Your Seeds

For seeds that require soaking, use fresh, cold, potable water, and drain the water away when the soaking is finished. For each rinse, use fresh, cold, potable water and drain the water away.

Do not reuse the soaking or rinsing water for any other food preparation. Do not drink or consume the soaking or rinsing water. This is because it may contain the by-products of the chemical reactions that are part of the sprouting process or may have bacteria in it.

It’s OK to use the water on your houseplants or garden.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Sanitize Your Seeds (Optional)

The FDA recommends sanitizing your seeds with household bleach. Mix 1 oz of bleach with 10 oz of water. Soak the seeds in this mix for 5 minutes, then rinse them three times with fresh water. After this, begin the sprouting process.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

Don’t touch raw meat or dairy products during the sprouting process. Keep sprouting equipment and seeds in separate areas away from raw meat/dairy. Use a separate cutting board and knives to prepare sprouts for salads and other meals.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Using Stackable Tray Sprouters Safely

Some types of plastic or terracotta sprouters have trays that stack one on top of another, allowing water to drip from one tray onto a tray below. This may cause issues because the water from a top tray may contain the by-products of the chemical reactions of the sprouting process, while the stacked trays limit air circulation, increasing the potential for bacterial growth.

The safest way to use this type of sprouter is to rinse and drain each tray individually, make sure each tray has drained completely before restacking the sprouter.

Happy Spouting!

If you follow the steps above, your seeds, beans and legume sprouts will be safe to eat. As always, if you have any questions, send an email to [email protected]

Your friend in sprouting,

Sprout Lady Rita.

Information credit” ‘Homegrown Sprouts’ by Rita Galchus. Published by Quarry Books.

Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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I love fresh vegetables and in the spring and summer, I enjoy spending time in the garden. Unfortunately, winter in Vermont is long.

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How to Make your Own Sprouting Jar

I am not able to grow anything in the garden from October through early May. I do use a cold frame to extend our growing season a few weeks longer, but even with that, there’s a long time that I don’t have vegetables in the garden to pick.

Learning how to make your own sprouting jar will provide very low-cost fresh greens throughout the year, even when it’s below zero outside.

You can buy a variety of different pre-made sprouting kits or sprouting bags at many local food co-ops. I checked out the prices last time I was there and realized that I could make one for much less money.

You can sprout many different types of seeds in sprouting jars. Each has a different taste so experiment a bit to find out which one you most prefer.

Depending on the size of the seed you are sprouting, you may need a different size mesh on the top of your jar. You can choose a coffee filter, cheesecloth or cotton for small seeds, screen for medium, or plastic canvas mesh for larger seeds.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How do I start sprouting at home?

I use a Mason jar to sprout my seeds. In the past, I have sprouted mung beans and used a quart-sized Mason jar.

This time, I am sprouting alfalfa seeds and chose a pint-size Mason jar because they are smaller. Make your choice based on the size of the seed and how many seeds you want to sprout at once. You can use standard or wide-mouth Mason jars.

How to make sprouts


  • One Mason jar
  • One Mason jar lid with ring
  • Cheesecloth, screen, or plastic canvas mesh depending on the size seed you are sprouting
  • Organic alfalfa seeds (or other seeds or beans)

How to make a seed sprouter at home


Wondering how to make your own sprouting jar? Follow these steps.

  • Wash and dry the Mason jar and jar ring
  • Turn the Mason jar lid upside down and trace around the outside on your coffee filter, cheesecloth, screen or mesh.
  • Carefully cut the circle of material out and fit it inside your jar.

When you sprout seeds, PLEASE choose organic seeds or beans for health reasons. Sprouting seeds that may have been treated or sourced from plants that have been treated takes away any health benefits of eating them.

Once the jar has been created, place about two tablespoons of seeds in the jar. The amount you use will vary based on the size of the seed. Leave enough room for them to grow.

Fill the with water to about one inch higher than your seeds. Put the ring and top on and place it in a cool spot that isn’t in direct sunlight overnight.

Now that you know how to make your own sprouting jar, you need to wait for them to sprout.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

The next day, carefully drain out the water in the jar through the screen top. Set the jar on its side in a cool spot that isn’t in direct sunlight again.

Two or three times a day, you will need to rinse the seeds with water. Just put water in, swish the water around, and then drain the water out.

Set the jar on its side again in between each rinsing. Continue the process until the seeds are grown to the size you want them.

If you’re wondering how to make your own sprouting jar, this is what the seeds will look like.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Repeat the process to make your own sprouting jar

Now that you know how to make your own sprouting jar, remove the seeds from the jar and store it in a plastic container with a lid. Wash the jar and the screen. Add more seeds to the jar and start the process again. Seeds should take about four or five days to sprout so plan your next crop accordingly.

Will you give this a try now that you know how to make your own sprouting jar? Check out these twenty uses for sprouts.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

When you think of sprouting seeds, most people think of alfalfa sprouting or bean sprouting as they relate to sprouting, however, there are many other vegetables that produce sprouting seeds which make for easy and nutritious sprouted foods. Sprouting vegetables at home is an enjoyable way to grow fresh healthy foods right in your own kitchen at home. You can easily spruce up bland foods like veggies, fruits, and beans, and add flavor, color and even convenience to your meals! Here are the various ways on how to sprout seeds at home.

Nuts and seeds contain high levels of healthy fats, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins that are easily passed through the digestive system without being absorbed into the body. By sprouting nuts and seeds, you can get more fiber, protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and many other nutrients without having to eat tons of the foods and wait for the nutrients to pass through your body system. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds are high in phytosterols and protein that make them a great addition to your diet. Simply munch on a handful of these nuts or nut butters throughout the day and you will receive the health benefits of phytosterol and protein.

Sprouting Seeds – It’s Fun!

Sprouting green and fresh greens at home is a fun activity. It allows you to get more creative with incorporating fresh food into your daily eating routine. One of the easiest ways to add sprouting seeds to your diet is by using them in salads, wraps and other fresh food based dishes. Fresh greens and tasty salad dressings make it easy to incorporate seeds into your salads without overloading yourself with nutrients you do not need. Fresh salads with fresh greens and tasty dressings can easily be made with sprouted grains, seeds and nuts which make it easy to add this important ingredient to your diet. Broccoli Sprouts are one of the most popular, easiest to sprout, and the health benefits are just incredible! You can read more about Nutrients in Broccoli Sprouts in our article section.

Another way to integrate sprouting seeds into your diet is to harvest your own nuts and seeds at home. This makes it easy to have a little snack or dinner without the need to go out to a fancy restaurant. Simply harvest your nuts at home and store in a container in the refrigerator. Just before you use them, run a toothbrush through them to remove any wax or oil that may remain. Next, place them on a plate in your kitchen to allow them to stay fresh until you are ready to use them. Once you have used them, store them in an air tight container and refrigerate until you are ready to eat.

Sprouting Seeds – Saves Money!

Sprouting your own grains can also help you save money on grocery bills. If you have to buy a lot of sprouting seeds or sprouting soil, you will save money by making your own. You can buy precooked starter sprouted grains at your local farm store or order them online. When you rinse the seeds off, put them in a sealed glass jar and store them in the fridge. This will help them to retain all the vitamins they have while still in the seed form.

Cheesecloth is an inexpensive substitute for a cheesecloth bag when you are creating your own sprouting seeds. Place some cheesecloth in a zip lock bag and pour your seeds and water into it. The seeds will be suspended in the bag while it simmers. Place the cheesecloth inside a jar and cover it with a lid to keep it in a cool place and maintain its freshness.

If you plan to make use of sprouting seed blends, you can add as little or as much as you like. Adding more seeds will make the sprouting process take longer, but will give you better results. It is also important to start out with small amounts of sprouting seeds so that your plants and sprouted foods will grow well. If you use too much, your food may have too much water and the sprouting process will take longer. A great rule of thumb is to never harvest more than one-fourth to one-half cup of your mixture at a time. You want your veggies and sprouted food to be as fresh as possible.

Sprouting Seeds is easy!

Sprouting seeds indoors is not difficult to do, but it does take patience. As long as you have the right supplies, it shouldn’t take more than a week to see your first sprout. Make sure you store your sprouted foods in glass containers that have tight fitting lids to keep insects out. Seeds sold in the grocery store can spoil more quickly than those stored at home. When you sprout your own food, you will know exactly when it is ready to eat.

Lentils sprouts are small, round legumes that come in many sizes and colors. They are popular in traditional dishes around the world. While lentils, like all legumes, can be difficult to digest, sprouting before cooking makes digestion a bit easier for most people.

This post breaks down exactly how to make lentil sprouts at home today!


  1. Rinse ½ cup lentils, remove any stones or debris, and place them in a quart-size sprouting jar or other sprouting containers.
  2. Add 2-3 cups water, filling the jar three-quarters full; cover the jar with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid. Soak lentils for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain and rinse lentils thoroughly. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the lentils will drain while still allowing air to circulate.
  4. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 times per day until sprout tails appear. Taste sprouts (not lentils) daily; discontinue rinsing and draining when sprouts have reached desired length and flavor.
  5. Drain for several hours before cooking or transferring to a covered container.

Store sprouts in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Unlike most legumes, lentil sprouts may be eaten raw. However, some may experience discomfort from consuming too many raw lentil sprouts. We recommend cooking sprouted lentils before consuming them.


Enjoy sprouted lentils in many dishes such as Lentil Soup or Sprouted Lentil Salad.

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Sprouting Seeds at home

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A vegetable that will grow in any climate, will rival meat in nutritive value, will mature in 3 to 5 days, may be planted any day of the year, will require neither soil nor sunshine, will rival tomatoes in Vitamin C, will be free of waste in preparation and can be cooked with little fuel and as quickly as a . chop.

The above announcement was the lead-in to an article written during World War II by Dr. Clive McKay, who was Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University in the United States. He was talking about sprouts. He and his researchers found that sprouts keep the B-complex vitamins present in the original seed.

More surprisingly, they also found that there was a big jump in vitamin A and an incredible amount of vitamin C in the sprouted seeds above and beyond the amounts present in the unsprouted seeds. The sprouting process converts starches to simple sugars, which make sprouts easy to digest.

Back in the 1700’s, scurvy (lack of Vitamin C) caused heavy casualties among sailors on long voyages. Captain James Cook had his sailors eat limes, lemons and a variety of sprouts because of their high levels of Vitamin C. This diet proved to be the solution to the problem of scurvy on long voyages and was a nutritional breakthrough at the time.

It’s that time of the year when the weather is taking a change for the worse – it’s pouring with rain outside today. If you don’t fancy finding your gumboots and tramping around outside in the cold rain to pick wet salad greens from the garden (or making a trip to the supermarket for something fresh and healthy), how about growing your own Sprouts at home. Sprouting seeds is as easy as can be and you don’t have to set a foot outside in the cold to do it!

If you are keen to try sprouting, check out our tips for sprouting seeds. We also thought we would give you some step-by-step instructions here too:

To make your own delicious fresh Sprouts:

An Agee jar makes a perfect sprouting container and fits our sprouting lids.

We like the sprouting lid because it makes the job very simple, but of course you could also make your own drainer by using a piece of (clean) curtain netting or pantyhose held securely on the top of the jar with a rubber band.

Measure 2-3 tablespoons of seed into the jar.

Half fill the jar with water and leave to soak for 10 minutes. If you are soaking larger seeds (eg Peas, or our Stir Fry Combo), then they can be soaked for longer (up to 4 hours). There is no need to soak them overnight.

When the soaking time is up, screw on your sprouting lid, invert the jar and drain the water off thoroughly.

Keep the jar in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Just leaving it on the kitchen bench is fine. If you have a very warm kitchen you could pop them out in the laundry.

Rinse twice a day and drain well. They need some moisture but shouldn’t be sitting in a puddle.

After 3-5 days when the sprouts are nearly ready to eat, place the jar in the light (but not direct sunlight) for a day. The leaves will green up due to the formation of chlorophyll which adds to the nutritional value of the sprouts.

Most people are familiar with mung beans for sprouting (which are pictured above), but it is certainly worthwhile having a go at sprouting a variety of different seeds and finding your favourites.

Green Broccoli is a very popular seed for sprouting because it has been found to contain an effective anticancer agent (sulforaphane).

Green Broccoli can be sprouted on its own, or you can try our High Health Combo which has a mixture of green broccoli, red cabbage and black mustard and will give you the health properties of green broccoli along with the different flavour combinations of the other brassicas.

We have had a couple of sprouting demos here at Kings Seeds and something that has become hugely popular with those in the know is one of the seeds in our microgreens range . Radish Rambo.
Radish Rambo is the most gorgeous purple colour and with its spicy radish flavour it is always very popular with customers. It is a very pretty addition to salads and one of my favourites. definitely worth a try if you haven’t already tried it!

They can be fully sprouted, or you can eat them as “half sprouts” when they have just begun to sprout – at this stage they are more crunchy and make a great snack. When I’ve sprouted these at home NONE of them have lasted long enough to make it into any stir fries – they have all been eaten straight from the fridge!

Alfalfa is another really popular seed for sprouting and is probably the sprout most readily available. it has a really delicious nutty flavour and is popular for adding to salads and sandwiches.

Sprouting is definitely worth a go. it takes just a few minutes a day and it is fun to see the sprouts developing on the kitchen bench! The kids think that it’s heaps of fun!!

Many people, finding themselves stuck at home, want to make their own sprouting jar. Sprouting seeds are a common event in gardening. As it grows, the seed grows into a new plant that is genetically the same as the seed pod. This growing cycle is called “spreading.”

One of the most popular types of sprouts grown in a sprouting jar are broccoli sprouts.

Where do I Start?

In order to grow new plants, one must buy seeds that have already begun germinating. You don’t want to sprout seeds that don’t have the necessary nutrients for good plant growth. Alfalfa is a perennial plant that is easy to grow in most areas. In addition to being affordable, alfalfa sprouts are fragrant and delicious when used in salads, mixed with other vegetables, or as an ingredient in foods.

Another variety of alfalfa is Bulgarian beans. You can sprout beans from Bulgarian beans by soaking and cooking the bean pod. These sprouts are high in protein, vitamin C, and vitamin K. There are also sprouts available from black-eyed peas called pinto beans. Black-eyed peas contain a lot of fat so they shouldn’t be used to start a new garden unless you’re prepared to cut back other fats.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Choosing the Best Seeds for Sprouting:

When buying sprouting seeds, it’s important to find ones that are chemical-free. This is important because you do not want your sprouting seeds to contain any chemicals or pesticides. Store your sprouts in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. We also do not suggest letting them air out for more than a day or two. Just like with any other garden, it’s important to water your seeds thoroughly after they sprout.

When choosing the container for your sprouting seeds, make sure that it has at least two drainage holes to allow moisture to escape. Many people choose to sprout their seeds indoors in a plastic container to provide protection from the elements as well as to control the development of mold. If your seed package does not indicate what size jar to purchase, use a half-pint sized jar. For grains, a good choice would be a one-gallon pail. Many people like to use a perforated can or a strainer to help collect the runoff from the seeds for use in their own gardens. You can purchase perforated can liners at most stores.

Once you have your sprouting seeds jar, you’ll want to put it in a warm location and fill with water. Turn the jar on its side so the water is able to drain away from the seeds. Place the lid on the jar and allow the seeds to soak. You can do this several times, or you can simply soak the jar in the dishwasher for a few minutes before putting it in the open air. Once your seeds have soaked for three days, they will begin to sprout.

Don’t forget that Todd’s Seeds is your source for sprouting seeds.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Antsy for spring? Move over winter blues, time for some green love without the wait. Grow your own sprouts with a handful of seeds and jars you already have at home.

Growing your own sprouts is simple and a fabulous pick-me-up this time of year. You can get your hands on some seeds and watch them grow within days. Make the perfect stir-fry, salad fixings or spicy sandwich addition.

Start with the basics such as Mung beans, other legumes, radishes, and alfalfa. You can find some of these in the dry good section of your market and others at your hardware store or nursery. Experiment as you go.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

DIY Sprouting Jar and Seed Preparation

You’ll need a quart-size canning jar with the ring, small square of flexible screen (your hardware store can cut it to size upon request), scissors, grapefruit seed extract, seeds suitable for sprouting, and water. I bet you have at least 4 of these items, if not all of them, at home waiting to become your next growing project.

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, start by cutting out your screen material to fit inside the ring of the jar. Use the lid itself (ring or lid) as the template. I find it helpful to put the screen against the lid and trace the perimeter of the lid on the screen using a marker. Then make your cuts using scissors.

Next, sterilize your jar(s) and screen lids by running them through the dishwasher or boiling them, like you would before canning. It’s also possible to disinfect jars with medical grade rubbing alcohol. This is worth doing if your jars have been cleaned but sitting on the shelf for a while.

While your jars are cooking sterilize your seeds. This may sound counter-intuitive but it’s critical. Much of the bad press we’ve heard about sprouts, specifically relating to Salmonella and E. coli poisoning, is due to pathogens on the seeds, residues of earlier environments. When you’re sterilizing the seeds you’re only doing so to the seed coat, the protective shell or skin of the seed. The part you will eventually eat, the baby plant with endosperm is locked away safely inside.

To sterilize seeds simply cover them with water and add a drop of grapefruit seed extract (GSE). This kills any bacteria instantly on contact. Rinse them well and they’re ready for use.

[Read some of the science behind GSE and seed germination here.]

As a note, while my preferred method for sterilizing seeds is with grapefruit seed extract, it’s also possible to use 3% hydrogen peroxide. To use this method, gently warm the seeds in a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes and then rinse them well. Use a cooking thermometer to get the temperature right. See the University of California Growing Seed Sprouts at Home recommendations for specifics.

Basically, the ideal environment for seed sprouting also happens to be the ideal environment for growing bacteria. Cleaning your containers and seeds will eliminate this problem, again much the same way we do when canning.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

DIY Sprouts

Your jars are ready and your seeds are ready, now it’s time for sprouting.

Place 2 tablespoons seeds in your jar and cover with water plus an extra inch. Tighten on the screen lid with ring and let soak overnight or approximately 12 hours. This tells the seeds it time to grow. The seed coats soften, they swell with water and any germination inhibitors are leached away.

After soaking, drain off the water and gently shake the seeds so they spread out along one side of the jar. This provides greater surface area and improves air circulation. Leave the jar to rest on its side out of the direct sun.

Rinse twice daily by filling the jar with water, draining and putting it back to rest on its side until the next rinsing or until they’re ready to eat — usually 2 to 4 days, though some seeds take longer.

Rearrange your kitchen counter if you need to, replace the bills and other projects with your new, DIY sprouting jar and get ready to watch your seeds grow. You’re one step away from your own indoor garden.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Grow what you love and pass it on. 😉

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*This article was originally published in February of 2015.


Sprouting in a tray is a simple method for sprouting seeds at home and works well for growing longer leafy sprouts like alfalfa. One advantage over the Jar Method of Sprouting is that the sprouts will grow vertically, once transferred to a tray.


1. Choose a tray and lid.

  • Plastic grow trays are available from nurseries or garden supply stores and come with lids.
  • Plastic deli trays, thoroughly washed, work well for sprouting and often have lids.
  • Punch drainage holes in the bottom of the tray using a punching tool. Slits made using a knife will not allow proper drainage.
  • Nest trays; use one (without holes) as a catch basin and the other (with drainage holes) to hold seeds.

2. Rinse Seeds.

Rinse seeds well with cool water (around 70ºF) and drain. Remove any debris, stones, or broken seeds. When sprouting smaller seeds, removing broken seeds is not practical, but do look for any non-seed material and remove at this point, if possible.

3. Soak Seeds.

Place rinsed seeds in a jar and fill about ¾ full with cool water. Cover with a mesh lid or cloth, secured with a rubber band, to allow air flow.

A general rule is to soak at least 8 hours. Some larger seeds may require a longer soak. Soak until the seeds have doubled in size. Keep in mind that temperature also affects soak time. In warmer temperatures, the soak time is shorter. In cooler temperatures, soak time is longer, and larger seeds like chickpeas or kidney beans may require a 24-hour soak.

4. Drain Seeds Well.

It is important to drain the seeds well, for several hours, while allowing plenty of air circulation. Mesh lids work well for this step, as the jar may be inverted and propped at an angle to drain for long periods.

5. Rinse, Drain, and Repeat.

Rinse seeds with cool water and repeat draining. Rinse gently to avoid damaging tender new sprouts. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 per day for 3 days.

In very warm temperatures, rinse more frequently. In cold weather, less frequent rinsing may be fine, but keep in mind that seeds may not sprout as well. A temperature of about 65-80ºF for most seeds is fine.

6. Transfer Seeds to Tray.

Drain thoroughly and transfer seeds to a tray; spread evenly. Avoid direct sunlight, but move tray to an area with indirect light, to allow leaves to turn green as sprouts grow.

7. Continue Rinsing and Draining.

Rinse seeds gently, twice daily for 3 days. Mist with a spray bottle, rather than a deluge from a faucet, to avoid damaging tender sprouts. Always allow tray to drain thoroughly.

8. Rinse, Drain, and Harvest.

When sprouts are ready to harvest, rinse one final time to remove hulls and unsprouted seeds, if desired. An easy method is to scoop up handfuls of sprouts and dunk them in a bowl of water, shaking gently to remove any remaining hulls. Drain sprouts one last time before eating or storing.


Sprouts are easy to grow in small batches, staggered, so that there are fresh sprouts to eat daily. However, if storing is necessary, make sure the sprouts have drained completely before storing. Transfer to a glass or plastic container, seal tightly, and store in the refrigerator for a few days.

Broccoli sprouts have gained in popularity over the past few years. Instead of buying expensive sprouts at the grocery store, grow your own broccoli sprouts at home with our Organic Broccoli Sprouting Seeds!


The broccoli seed can be grown into a sprout or a microgreen. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A and B, iron, calcium, and magnesium. The entire plant can be eaten, roots and leaves included. Although the roots can resemble mold, they are safe to eat.

Broccoli sprouts and microgreens taste stronger than fully grown broccoli and can add a distinctive flavor to your salad, smoothie, or other meal. They have been known to lower inflammation and are high in fiber to keep you full. Broccoli sprouts are also high in vitamin C, helping boost your immune system.


Broccoli sprouts are not the only nutritional sprouting seeds in the brassica family that are easy to grow. Radish sprouts are a great source of vitamin B, E, C, K and A, as well as containing essential amino acids. It has more of a peppery flavor compared to broccoli sprouts, making it flavorful. In contrast, cabbage sprouts are more delicate and have a sweeter taste. The brown mustard sprouts have a strong taste by themselves and the entire sprout can be eaten – from root tip to leaf top! If you like the taste of mustard, try our lacto-fermented whole grain mustard recipe with whole mustard seeds.

We offer a variety of sprouting seed blends to satisfy any palate. Try our sweet green sprouting blend or our vegan protein sprouting blend to add more nutrition to your meals. If you like adding greens to sandwiches, we have the perfect deli sandwich sprouting seed blend.


  1. Rinse ¼ cup broccoli seeds, removing any debris or floating matter.
  2. Place seeds in a quart, wide-mouth mason jar or other sprouting container. Add ½-¾ cup cool water, cover with a sprouting screen or mesh sprouting lid and soak 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain all water off the seeds.
  4. Invert the jar over a bowl at an angle so that the broccoli seeds will drain and air will be able to circulate.
  5. After 6-8 hours of draining, rinse and drain again.
  6. Repeat rinsing and draining 2-3 times daily.
  7. Tiny sprouts should begin to form in 3-4 days. Once sprout tails appear, move the sprout container to indirect light for growing green leaves.
  8. Once broccoli sprouts reach desired length, usually 1-2 inches,drain well and enjoy immediately or transfer to a covered container.

Broccoli sprouts can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

In the field of nutrition, sprouting signifies the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten raw (preferably) or cooked.

Sprouts are low in calories and rich in fiber, enzymes, protein, and other micronutrients. They can easily be bought, but they can also be grown at home with no advanced gardening skills. There are tremendous health benefits from including sprouts in your diet:

  • Sprouts are easy and cheap to grow and, as locally grown vegetables, they offer additional environmental benefits by avoiding pesticides, food additives, and pollution from transportation.
  • Sprouts offer a powerful source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that fight free radicals, as sprouting can increase their potency by 20 times or more.
  • Because sprouts are oxygen dense, they protect the body against bacteria, viruses, and abnormal cell growth.
  • Vitamins, such as A, B, C and E, and essential fatty acid nutrients increase in sprouting.
  • In sprouting minerals bind to protein, making them more easily absorbed in the body.
  • Sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes help support cell regeneration.
  • Due to their richness in dietary fiber and low calorie content, sprouts offer substantial help in your weight loss goals.

How to Sprout Grains/Beans/Legumes

Use drinking water for soaking and rinsing each time.

Wash the whole beans. Soak them in water for 6-8 hours (or more depending on the size of the bean). Drain the water. Wash the beans with fresh water. Place the beans in a sprout maker or place them in a sieve and cover it. Keep them in a dark place. It will take anywhere between 8 to 16 hours, depending on the weather, for sprouts to start to emerge. The beans that have not sprouted are spoiled and should be separated from the sprouted beans and discarded or composted. Rinse and drain 2-3 times per day for 2 days or until your beans are sprouted to desired length. Give your sprouts one final rinse and drain. Then, wrap the sprouts up with a paper towel and store in a container in the fridge for up to a week.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to Sprout Seeds (Mustard, Clover, Radish, Alfalfa, Broccoli, etc.)

Use drinking water for soaking and rinsing each time.

Step 1: Soak your seeds.

A good rule of thumb is to use three parts water to one part seed. Start with 1 tablespoon of seeds. Place the seeds in a clean wide-mouth glass jar, cover with water, and stir to make sure all the seeds are wet. Cover the jar with a mesh lid or a piece of muslin cloth that has been secured with a rubber band. Set the jar aside and allow the seeds to soak for 6-8 hours.

Step 2: Drain and rinse your soaked seeds.

Once the soaking time is up, you need to drain your seeds. Tip the jar over the sink and drain out the water. Add fresh water to the jar, swirl it around a little, and then drain out that water. Make sure to really shake out as much water as you can. Set the jar angled downward in a bowl to help with aeration and drainage. It’s important to keep the seeds draining nicely, and this seems to do the trick. Set the bowl with the jar in it in an out-of-the-way spot. It doesn’t need to have sunshine, but it does need to be able to breathe.

Step 3: Rinse, drain, repeat.

Visit your sprouts twice a day and rinse them with fesh, cool water, drain, and prop back up in the bowl. For most seeds, you’ll start to see little baby sprouts within a day or so. Keep on rinsing and draining until the sprouts are the length you want. Usually this takes 4-5 days.

Step 4: Harvest, store, and use your sprouts.

Give your sprouts one final rinse and drain, then remove the jar lid and place all the sprouts onto a clean, absorbent kitchen towel. Then, wrap the sprouts up and close the container. Extra moisture is the enemy of sprouts. Store your sprouts in the fridge for up to a week.

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Sprouts are an incredibly nutritious food item that can be an excellent addition to your daily diet. When you grow sprouts at home, you have them on hand to toss them into your salads or put them in your sandwiches to prepare a healthy meal and even add to stir-fry dishes!

Plus, there are so many different types of seeds that can be grown as “sprouts in a jar!”

How to Grow Sprouts at Home

Sprouts are basically soaked and geminated seeds, nuts, legumes or grains that are packed with beneficial enzymes, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

They are not only nutritional powerhouses, but also one of the easiest foods to grow indoors.

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What is Sprouting?

Sprouting is the process of soaking a seed, grain, nut, or bean and inducing the process of germination. As a result, you get tiny little plants offering many health benefits.

These tiny plants grow without soil as most seeds contain enough energy stores to produce 2 or 3 small leaves before they need support from adequate sunlight and soil to become full-grown plants.

Germination enhances the nutrient profile of the seed, such as fiber, vitamins C and B. Plus, sprouting neutralizes the phytic acid and lectin content, making the seeds easier to digest and absorb for the body.

The fat content also drops, making them healthier. The most commonly used seeds to grow sprouts are chickpeas, broccoli seeds, red clover seeds, soybeans, fenugreek, lentils, mung bean, pumpkin seeds, wheat, radish seeds, alfalfa, chia seeds, quinoa seeds, and sunflower seeds.

The tiny leaves, stem and root that grow out from the seed can all be delicious additions to salads, sandwiches, stir fries, dips, and salads.

When you grow sprouts at home, you are optimizing the freshness factor for super clean eating!

How to make a seed sprouter at home

The best part about growing sprouts indoor is that you barely need much space and specialized equipment. You can easily grow them on a counter top and then just rinse a couple times a day with a little water.

Here is your easy, step-by-step guide to sprouting from the comfort of your own kitchen. Knowing how to grow sprouts at home is a great way to produce nutrient-rich and delicious foods. Let’s see how you can get started.

Sprouting Equipment

There are three main things you need to start growing sprouts indoor: a container, water, and the seeds.


You can find a variety of sprouting equipment is both at home gardening shops and online. From simple containers with in-built sieves to multi-tiered tray setups for sprouting various seeds at once, there are quite a few options to choose from.

However, you don’t necessarily have to buy a sophisticated setup. A simple and easy sprouting method is to use a wide-mouthed mason glass jar with cheesecloth, muslin cloth, or a straining mesh secured by a rubber band over the opening along with its screw lid.

Even consider just using a small strainer to stick in the wide mouth jar to keep the seeds from falling out when rinsing. Like this:

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Plain, non-chlorinated water works best for sprouting. Make sure to rinse your growing sprouts often to keep them slightly damp and clean.

Sprouting Seeds

Organic sprouting seeds can be bought from any store. Make sure they are labeled for use as sprouting seeds.

Seeds specifically marketed for sprouting are untreated and free of any chemicals or fungicides. The best seeds grow the best sprouts!

The benefits of healthy eating are too numerous to count. However, it might be difficult to maintain a well-balanced diet at times, especially when you are on a budget. Eating sprouts regularly would definitely help as they are affordable and extremely nutritious. Growing them isn’t a problem as we gladly share our simple ‘how to sprout at home’ guide. We’ll also highlight the unique benefits of some sproutable seeds, legumes, and nuts so that you can choose which you should start with.

It’s best to have a full-fledged indoor sprouts garden as this way, you’ll always have some fresh and healthy greens to munch on. At-home gardening also has a variety of other positive effects on your wellbeing, such as reduced stress and improved health as plants boost the quality of air. This kind of activity makes an extremely good hobby for both adults and kids.

Your children, in particular, can learn a great deal about nature from growing sprouts. Use this opportunity to teach them not only the magic of transformation from seed to a mature plant, but also the real value of food. As pollution and other factors compromise the environment on the planetary level, growing your own foods also becomes one of the few ways that can guarantee the safety of the produce you consume. This is vitally important for all health-conscious people who choose organic food only.
How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to Sprout at Home: Using a Sprouter Jar

The most popular type of sprouter is a glass jar. You can buy a specialized one in a store or just use any jar you have around the house. It’s best when it has a lid that you’ll adjust to meet the needs of a sprouter. However, many people just chose to cover it with cheesecloth or a similar mesh made of nylon. If you choose to use the original lid of the jar, drill small holes all over its surface. Be sure to make them small enough so that tiny seeds don’t fall through.

Now that you have a sprouter, you just need to choose what kind of seeds or you want to grow and put them into the jar (about 0.5-1 inches). Next, add some water so that it covers the seeds about 1 inch up and leave for 12 hours.

Rinse the seeds, drain the water, and leave the now-wet seeds in the jar covered with mesh. Rinse and drain every 8-12 hours for up to 4 days. Although, the majority of seeds should sprout on the second day.

Eat sprouts while they are still fresh or keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days max.

TIP: use room-temperature water for rinsing and soaking seeds and legumes.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to Sprout at Home: What About Nuts?

How to make a seed sprouter at home

It’s also a fact that the chance of actually getting a green nut sprout is highly unlikely. However, soaking nuts is extremely beneficial. Just put them into an open jar and add some cold water, leaving for 4-12 hours.

Don’t drink or re-use the water after this and rinse the nuts thoroughly before eating them. This kind of treatment would make them easier to digest. Admittedly, as the nutritional value of nuts is very high by default, soaking doesn’t boost it as much as it does with seeds.

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What Are the Best Sprouts for an Indoor Garden?

The first thing you should do before you start wondering how to sprout at home is choosing the plants you want to grow on your windowsill. There are many types of sprouts you can try growing and each of them offers some special benefits.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

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4. Once the water has drained, empty any excess water from the bottom tray. The water that stays in the clear trays is enough to provide the necessary humidity for successful seed germination. Water in this way at least 2-3 times each day.

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Beginner gardeners think you only sow veg in spring, and that is where they miss out on a lot of veg they could be harvesting in the off-season. here are some great vegetables that you can sow in July.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeVeg Seeds To Sow In July

Veg Seeds To Sow In July

Before I begin just let me suggest if you do decide to grow any of these seeds. I am so happy I found them this year, they provide high-quality seeds at just over £1 per pack!


This is an extra early harvesting purple sprouting broccoli. Sown now this will be ready to harvest around January or February. Sowing in July is a little later than most people advise but it still works well, just make sure you keep young seedlings moist and if possible in a shady spot.

Sprouting broccoli is completely different to the normal broccoli you find in the supermarkets. They produce lots of smaller side stem heads that are cut and come again.

A great vegetable to sow now to make sure you have plenty to harvest over winter.

In July I would sow these in modules rather than directly in the ground. Broccoli doesn’t like too much heat and by showing them in modules we can keep the young plants in a semi-shaded spot on the hottest days of the year.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeBroccoli Rudolph

You can pick up a pack of these from Premier Seeds Direct for £1.09 so you’d be mad not to give them a go, they are delicious!

How To Sow Purple Sprouting Broccoli

As I said earlier I like to use module trays at this time of the year for sprouting broccoli. Sow two or three seeds per module to make sure you get at least one seed germinating per module.

We will then thin them out by picking out the weakest-looking seedlings once they have started growing. You want to thin to one seedling per module.

Fill your module tray with compost and then water well before planting any seeds. I just use multi-purpose compost for growing all seeds.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeSow 2 or 3 seeds per module

Scatter two to three seeds on the surface and then lightly push them under the surface with your finger before scattering some compost on top.


Definitely, the most popular variety of beetroot to grow and as the name suggests it is very resistant to bolting.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeBeetroot Boltardy

You can direct sow beetroot in rows in July. Sow in shallow drills and then thin the seeds to roughly 5cm apart. Most people say thin to more like 10cm apart but I have found 5cm works well and also makes your garden more productive!

Alternatively, you can module sow beetroot and sow multiple seeds per module. You can plant them out like this without thinning and the beetroot will happily grow amongst themselves.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeSow In Shallow Rows


This variety of fennel is grown more for the bulb rather than the foliage but the foliage can be used as a herb as with other fennel types.

The bulb can be steamed or boiled and served with a creamy sauce or used raw in salads. This is not the same as common Fennel grown purely for its leaves.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeFennel Florence

Sow in shallow drills 30cm apart. As the seedlings become large enough to handle thin them to 15cm between each plant.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeSow In Shallow Drills


A modern very productive variety producing good-sized semi-globe roots which are slightly more tender and stronger flavoured than the white variety. Ready in around 60-100 days.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeKohlrabi Delicacy Purple

Sow seeds in modules in the greenhouse as they require 15-20 degrees Celsius to germinate, and this isn’t always a given in July, particularly where I am in northern England.

Plant out in rows after roughly four weeks, leave 20cm between plants.


Hey, I’m Daniel. Having worked as a professional gardener for years as well as keeping a private allotment I decided to create this website to help spread my knowledge. I love gardening and hope to show you just how rewarding it can be!

How to make a seed sprouter at home

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Sprouts are a great way to add a bit of flavor and crunch to a salad or sandwich while increasing the nutritional value of your meal. One cup of bean sprouts provides more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, and many nutritionists consider broccoli sprouts to be a superfood.

Essentially, sprouts are plant seeds that have germinated successfully and can be considered “baby” plants. There are many different kinds of sprouts that you can grow, each with its own benefits and flavoring. Some of the most popular options include bean and pea sprouts (like black bean sprouts or green pea sprouts), sprouted grains (think: buckwheat, amaranth, and brown rice), and sprouts from vegetables, nuts, and other seeds (like radish, beet, and alfalfa sprouts). In general, any plant from which you would eat the stems and leaves is a good option for sprouting. Plants from which you only eat the fruits (such as tomatoes and peppers) aren’t appropriate.

An important note: only purchase seeds specifically intended for sprouting. These seeds are chemical-free and cleaned so that they’re pathogen-free. You don’t want a side dose of salmonella or e. Coli with your sprouts! Sometimes you can find packets of sprouting seeds in garden centers, but if not, check your favorite seed catalog.

In addition to being nutritionally dense, sprouts are a simple crop to grow, only requiring about 4 inches of countertop space, if that. If you’re looking to grow sprouts in a jar, here are some general steps to follow.

How to grow sprouts at home.

A s the temperatures drop we are tucking away our summer garden and filling our winter pantry. Winter squash and potatoes are stored away. Quarts of tomatoes and dehydrated vegetables line our pantry. And lacto-fermented vegetables are taking over my refrigerator. These foods will warm and nourish us all winter long (and hopefully save us some money too), but they are lacking the enzymes of fresh food.

To remedy this problem, last year I purchased a few varieties of sprouting seeds and read up on the various ways to use them. What I found was that it is really easy, inexpensive, and nourishing to keep your family in fresh sprouts without having to leave the comfort of your own kitchen.

The Basics of Sprouting

Sprouts are just the beginning growth of a seed. It really isn’t that much different than those first little pops of green that speckle the earth in your garden come spring. When you keep the seeds moist they begin to sprout and create tiny little plants. Whereas the seed would be difficult to digest, this new “sprout” turns into a nourishing plant food.

Sprouts provide enzymes, chlorophyll, nutrients, and a freshness that the normal fare of winter can’t supply. Plus it helps keep you out of the grocery store and away from out-of-season produce.

When you go to purchase seeds make sure that they are marked “sprouting” seeds and get them from a source you trust. I like to get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but finding them locally would be even better. Different seeds have different flavors once sprouted – radish sprouts will be spicy and fenugreek will faintly taste of maple syrup. So I make a mix of red clover, broccoli, fenugreek, and radish.

How to make a seed sprouter at homeSprouting Equipment

When I first looked into sprouting I discovered that I could spend a ton of money on fancy sprouting gadgets that would do it all for me. Sprouting for me is about saving money while adding nutrients to our diet, though, so I went with the simplest equipment necessary:

  • a quart-sized canning jar
  • a wide-mouth canning ring
  • a sprouting screen

That’s it! The jars and rings I had plenty of in my kitchen. For the cost of seeds plus $2.25 I was growing vegetables in my own kitchen. I added a few sprouting screens to my loose leaf tea order and I was in business.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

My Simple Sprouting Routine

I spent at least an hour reading multiple pages of sprouting tutorials that made it seem like you’d be in the kitchen forever. Not so. I spend two minutes per day for 3-5 days and I have fresh, cheap sprouts. This is how I do it:

1. Soak Sprout Seeds Overnight.

In the evening pour about 3 tablespoons of sprouting seeds into the bottom of your quart jar. Put the sprouting screen in place and screw on the canning ring. Pour about two cups of non-chlorinated water through the sprout screen. Swirl the seeds, drain, and then cover again with 2-4 cups of water. Place jar on your counter top until the morning.

2. Drain and Rinse Seeds.

The next morning dump the water out. Repeat the process of rinsing, swirling, and draining. Once drained very well place in a bowl that will allow the jar to lay upside down at a slight angle. I use a soup bowl with a 1 1/2 inch rim.

3. Continue Rinsing and Draining.

Two to three times per day you will want to pour water through screen, swirl, drain well, and place back in your bowl. Every day your sprouts will grow a bit more until they have filled your entire quart jar and started to turn green. This can take anywhere from 3-5 days.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

4. Store Sprouts.

When you are satisfied with the length (and greenness) of your sprouts you are ready to store them in the refrigerator. At this point you want your sprouts to be as dry as possible, so make sure you are at the end of a drying cycle. Keeping them dry will stop their growth and slow down spoilage. Sprouts usually keep for up to five days.

5. Eat Sprouts.

Sprouts are great on sandwiches, mixed with greens as a salad, or even as a crunchy topping to soup.

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Real food, sustainability, and homesteading are inextricably intertwined on the off-grid homestead Shannon, her husband and three children inhabit. She shares the insanely beautiful and shatteringly hard of it all on her blog Nourishing Days. She also works as a content writer and blog editor for Cultures for Health.

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Sprouting fodder for your animals can be a great way to get them superior nutrition while saving you money. If your needs are large enough, you may choose to purchase a commercial system. But if you’re wanting to try sprouting feed for your animals without a big up-front investment, you might wish to create a small DIY system to start with. You can, of course, even DIY larger-scale systems, but the trial and error is all on you, while with a commercial system, you’re starting with a proven entity.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Still, for the average small-scale farmer or homesteader, a DIY fodder system may be plenty to meet your needs and fit your budget. Here are some ideas and links to further resources as you devise your own system, one that will meet your needs and work with space and materials you already have or have access to cheaply.

We’ve already discussed the benefits of sprouting fodder and some of the considerations: a light source, a controlled temperature, water, and a well-ventilated and low-moisture environment to prevent mold. Let’s get started!

How to Sprout Fodder

How to make a seed sprouter at home

1. Acquire grain. Barley is very commonly used for sprouting, but you can use any number of grains: oats, milo, sunflower seeds, and more.

2. Soak grain. Place the grain in a five-gallon bucket about halfway full with a bit of sea salt and cover with water until the water is a couple of inches above the grain. Let this soak for six to twelve hours. You may want to first wash the grains with a one percent bleach solution or hydrogen peroxide to cleanse the grain for best results.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

3. Drain and let sprout. Pour the soaked grain into another bucket with slits in the bottom (you can use a saw to make these; you want them to allow water to drain but the grain to remain in the bucket).

How to make a seed sprouter at home

At this point, poultry enjoys the barely-sprouted seed, so you can feed it to them now, or transfer daily to additional buckets with slits, “turning” the grain to prevent mold. Or, you can continue to grow the grain until day six or seven, when it will form a mat of grass that can be fed to cows, pigs, and other animals.

To do that, you will want to create some kind of hydroponic system for the sprouted grain. Many farmers use roofing metal—long strips of metal that are tray-like—to sprout the grain.

4. Rinse and drain. Every day, you need to rinse the sprouts two to three times and allow the water to drain from the trays; you don’t want standing water. Keep everything moist but drained. Your controlled temperature should be between 60 and 75 degrees F. 70 percent humidity is ideal.

5. Harvest and feed! By day six or seven, you will have a beautiful green mat of sprouted grain that looks like wheatgrass (it may even be wheatgrass if that’s what you’re sprouting). You can feed this mat to the animals whole, using a knife to slice it into portions.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Rotate growth so that you have some trays on day one and some on day seven all the time; this way you will always have fresh fodder for your animals.

Create Your Own System

How to make a seed sprouter at home

The components of a DIY fodder system will include:

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Learn How to make Sprouts at Home with a few easy steps. To make sprouts, you can use grains like whole green moong, amaranth, whole wheat, millets, red kidney beans, chickpeas, flax seeds and many other grains and legumes as well. It is important to remember, that the soaking and sprouting times will vary with each grain/ legume.


  • 1/2 cup Green Moong Dal (Whole) , or any other sprout/legume/seed
  • Water

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To begin making the sprouts, soak the grains or legumes, completely immersed in water for at least 12 to 15 hours. You will know it’s soaked enough, when you take a bite and it feels good to eat.

At this stage, drain the water. Place the soaked grains/legumes in a wet muslin cloth and sprinkle some water over the grains. Place the muslin cloth with the soaked grains in a bowl and cover it lightly with a lid so there is air circulation.

When you notice the muslin cloth is dry, sprinkle some water on the cloth, so there is continuous moisture in the cloth. The moisture and air will help the grains/legumes sprout. The process of sprouting will take at least 12 hours based on the size of the grain or legume.

Once you notice the grains/legumes have sprouted, transfer them to a storage container and store them in the refrigerator for about a week and use them as desired.

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We are currently offering sustainably grown organic broccoli sprout seeds for growing the healthful nutritious superfood broccoli sprouts at only $15.55 per pound, certified organic alfalfa seed for growing delicious alfalfa sprouts for only $12.12 per pound, certified organic crimson clover seeds to grow crunchy tasty clover sprouts, organically certified green pea seeds for growing peas sprouts and shoots for only $5.55 per pound and organically grown and certified chia seeds for only $7.77 per pound. All of these seeds have been certified organic and are grown without any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers and they are also non-GMO.

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Our company has been in the sprouting business for over 40 years. You can be assured that when you purchase from us you will be getting the best quality sprouting seeds with the highest germination rates so your home sprout growing experience will be smooth and effort free. We look forward to doing business with you and thank you for your consideration.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Some people use glass jars to grow their sprouts. If you already have a glass jar and don’t plan on growing a bunch of sprouts at once, you can use this technique and just get a plastic lid that is designed to fit on wide-mouthed glass jars – specifically for growing sprouts.

Tips for Growing Broccoli Sprouts in a Glass Jar:

A tip from R.J. Ruppenthal, author of How to Sprout Raw Food, is to line the jar with a wet paper towel. This will absorb the water while keeping the space moist for sprouts to grow. Spray or dunk your sprouts daily with water to prevent mold growth. Sometimes twice a day may be necessary. Some people do this several times a day.

It may seem easier than it looks. Beware: the key is to maintain the proper humidity, ventilation and warmth so the seeds sprout without growing mold, etc..

Between “sprouting sessions” you will need to clean and sanitize your sprouting jar. You can do this with soap and water or vinegar. Mark Mathew Braunstein, the author of Sprout Garden, says to be careful not to leave any soap or vinegar residue in the jar, as this can inhibit the growth of your next batch of sprouts.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Alternatively, you could get a Sproutamo – if for no other reason but that you can say the name all the time.

But seriously, this super simple (and cheap – about $14) gadget may not look like much, but it does the job, and beginners love it. In fact, many Sproutamo owners even like it better that more expensive complex models. Go figure.

How is the Sproutamo Better than a Regular Sprouting Jar?

How to make a seed sprouter at homeAs you can see, the kit includes an outer container with an inner liner as well as breathable lids. This self-draining and self ventilating system helps sprouts grow better, usually producing a larger and healthier crop than using a non-ventilated or non-draining set-up, such as a small mason jar.

This simple sprouting kit may look cheap (and it’s probably cheap to manufacture). However, it gets the job done efficiently and effectively, which is really the goal in the first place.

Steps to Make Your Own Mason Jar Sprouter:

On the other hand, if you want to know how to make your sprouting jar using a mason jar that you may have at home, watch the video below. It explains the materials that you need, the right seeds to use and the best method for growing fresh sprouts at home…

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Sprouting seeds and growing your very own sprout varieties is right up there with growing your own vegetables.

Sprouts, however, grow fast and require much less time to incubate and develop to maturity. You can grow them right in your kitchen all year round with minimum effort or expense.

The supplies are inexpensive and all you need to do is love and care for them about 2 minutes a day. Not bad, when you think about what they give in return. pounds of flavorful tiny, yet densely nutritious, sprouts!

How to make a seed sprouter at home

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We have been growing and sprouting seeds for years and have learned a few techniques that have worked well to produce high quality, green, chlorophyll rich, luscious amazing sprouts.

It does take a little practice to get perfect looking sprouts every time, that’s why we thought we’d give you a few pointers to help you out.

Over time you can learn to blend your own seed mixes to come up with your favorite combinations and taste sensations.

Also, try to introduce sprouting to your kids, most young children love the process of sprouting seeds and watching them grow. They will most likely eat them too!

How to Sprout Seeds Using Three Methods

  1. Jar Sprouting
  2. Tray Sprouting
  3. Sprouter Tray Sprouting

1) Jar Sprouting

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Sprouting seeds in jars is the easiest way to sprout seeds.

All you need is:

  1. A quart size mason jar
  2. A mesh or plastic sprouting lid
  3. Seeds for sprouting
  4. Pure water for soaking and rinsing
  • Place sprout seeds into quart jar. (See sprouting guide for exact measurements)
  • Soak the seeds overnight in 1/2 jar full of water.
  • Place fine mesh sprouting lid on jar.
  • Next day, rinse your seeds by turning the jar upside down into a sink.
  • Fill with water and rinse again.
  • Place into a bowl, plastic tub or other container that allows them to sit slanted. (See pics)
  • Place into a bowl, plastic tub or other container that allows them to sit slanted. (See pics)
  • Rinse them once daily.
  • When they begin to grow and pack the jar densely you will need to rinse them in a bowl of water to allow hulls to float to the top.
  • Discard the hulls and drain water, place sprouts gently back into the jar.
  • At this point you can also replace the fine mesh screen with a more open mesh screen lid with bigger holes that allow more air to circulate.
  • Begin to rinse twice daily, in morning and at night, and drain well.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Greening Your Sprouts

Many people forget to do this part, but it is important to make them as nutritious as possible. They need a bit of sunlight, not much, to turn green and fill your tiny sprout leaves with chlorophyll. (This pic was actually taken on a road trip, the perfect time to car sprout. This is what I mean by greening.)

  • Place them in indirect sunlight by a windowsill to allow them to green up.
  • Sprouts, depending on temperature and the seed, should be done between 3-9 days. Every type of sprout is different however.
  • Keep them in a sealed jar in the refrigerator to keep them as fresh and vibrant as possible.

TIP: Use ocean water solution when soaking your sprouts for the first time. Or, you can also purchases a high quality seaweed solution.

To make the ocean water solution place 3T of pure ocean water to 1 gallon of water.

This will give extra energy, nutrients and minerals to your seeds and they will produce greener leaves.

For more on the different varieties to “jar sprout” visit these specific sprout pages in the links at the bottom of this page.

  • alfalfa sprouts
  • broccoli sprouts
  • onion sprouts
  • mung bean sprouts
  • fenugreek sprouts

How to make a seed sprouter at home

2) Tray Sprouting

Tray sprouting takes a little more prep work, but yields far more sprouts because you are growing them on soil and also growing them much longer than jar sprouting.

When you grow sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, buckwheat, wheatgrass or microgreens, this is the method you will use.

  1. A 21″ X 10 1/2″ white or black tray for sprouting.
  2. A black tray to cover top when incubating.
  3. One inch of high quality soil to cover the bottom tray.
  4. A spray bottle or mister.
  5. The sprouting seeds and pure water.

Sprouting Tray Seed:

  • Soak seeds in quart jar overnight. (See sprouting guide in the link below for measurements.)
  • Continue jar sprouting process as mentioned above, until the white roots begin to pop from the seed. This is when you are ready to place them on the soil.

Growing Tray Sprouts

1) Place 1-2 inches of soil into the bottom of the white or black tray.

2) Mist top of soil bed very well.

3) Drain rooted jar seeds well and place on top of the soil, spreading them out evenly.

4) Place dark lid on the top of bottom tray to incubate.

5) Allow them to sit in a darkish place until they begin to sprout and reach the tray top.

6) During this time you will mist lightly once a day.

7) Remove lid when the sprouts reach the top and place in a window sill or sunnier area. Mild direct sunlight is fine too if you want to place them outside.

8) They will grow for 3-4 more days, growing greener by the day.

9) Water the soil as needed. (You can tell by the weight of the tray how dry they are.)

10) Mist on occasion, but not too much or they will mold.

11) You will know they are ready when they are very green and densely packed together.

12) Harvest your tray sprouts with a knife or scissors.

TIPS: Poke several small holes in the black tray lid to allow to air to circulate and prevent molding. You can also add ocean water solution to the sprout tray when watering for extra nutrients. We have found they like this a lot!

3) Sprouter Tray Sprouting

For this method, you will need a sprouter, a product designed specially for growing vertical sprouts. Although you will need to purchase one (like our favorite the stackable Sprout Garden Sprouter), you won’t need to have a constant supply of soil or other growing materials.

Many microgreens, like daikon, broccoli and onion sprout, grow VERY well using this method.

For more info on using this technique visit our step by step process.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Growing sprouts at home on your kitchen counter is a great way to grow a little food year-round even if you’ve packed up things in your outside garden because of it being winter.

Each & every living seed will grow into a plant. It’s when that seed begins to grow (germinate) that we call the beginning growth stage of the plant a “sprout”. They are a convenient way to have fresh vegetables for salads in any season. Sprouts are said to be rich in digestible energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals!

They are inexpensive, fast growing, and incredibly nutritious. Children will love sprouting them as well. Toss them on sandwiches or even try them as a garnish for stir-fry’s.

The most common sprouts that people are growing these days are:

  • Adzuki
  • Alfalfa
  • Barley Grass
  • Broccoli
  • Clover
  • Fenugreek
  • Kale
  • Mustard
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Radish
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Watercress
  • Wheatgrass

How to make a seed sprouter at home

Things you’ll need to start growing:

  • A wide mouth container or mason jar
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubberband

How to start growing your sprouts:

  • Place 1 teaspoon of small seeds into a clean jar and place about 1 cup of water inside. (If you’re sprouting adzuki beans, use about 1/4 cup)
  • Let seeds soak overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  • Place the cheesecloth onto the top of your jar or container and secure with a rubberband. Now drain the water from the container.
  • Rinse the seeds with clean filtered water and then place the jar upside down on an angle so that the excess water can drain out easily.
  • Repeat the last step, several times a day until all of your sprouts have germinated and started to grow.
  • You’ll be ready to harvest your fresh sprouts in about 3-5 days.
  • When you’re ready to start harvesting, rinse one more time with filtered water, drain and store in an airtight container inside of the fridge for up to one week.

How to make a seed sprouter at home

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  • Blog · November 25, 2020

    Flax seeds are a popular ingredient for weight loss drinks and foods, but did you know you can sprout it on your own? Learn how to sprout flax seeds now!

    Sprouting flax seeds have been some well-searched words recently because of their nutritional values. Before we discuss the steps on how to grow flax seeds at home, let’s get to know the health benefits of flax first.

    Benefits Of Flax Seeds

    Eases Inflammation

    Flax is known to have lignans and ALA, which are useful in reducing inflammation that is a serious symptom of many illnesses such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and others. This works by suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory agents in the arteries.

    Approximately 2 spoonfuls of flax seeds contain more than enough inflammation-reducing agents. What is more, flax seeds are easy to incorporate in your daily meal like bread, yogurt, and oatmeal.

    Combats Cardiovascular Diseases

    In relation to more flax seeds benefits, omega-3 is also one of its components, making it really good for the heart. These good fats have been proven to be effective in maintaining a healthy heart.

    To be specific, a tablespoon of flax seeds contains about 1.8 grams of omega-3. According to the several health organizations, a healthy individual should consume no more than 3 grams of omega-3 per day. Thus, a tablespoon of flax seed is just enough daily.

    Isn’t sprouting flax seeds plant at home a great idea? You will have a fresh supply of these nutritious seeds whenever you want.

    Aid in Weight Loss

    Flax seeds are rich in proteins. So, when mixed with dietary fiber or supplements, this makes an excellent weight loss ingredient. In fact, flax seeds are low in starch and even sugar. Also, protein helps suppress your appetite, so you won’t get hungry a lot, aiding you to get rid of those excess fats.

    High in fiber, this plant has been a favorite subject in weight loss research. This is because the fiber helps fill your tummy, giving your brain the assumption that you are full. So, it is a trick used to eat less without getting hungry at all.

    So, is flax seed for weight loss effective? We’d say, YES!

    How To Sprout Flax Seeds For Eating?

    If you are convinced this plant is worthy to sprout at home, then we have just the perfect guide for you to follow.

    1. Prepare ½ as much seeds as you would need in your recipe.

    For instance, you need a cup of these seeds, then you can prepare a half cup.

    1. Place the seeds in a glass and add filtered water.

    The recommended ratio of seeds and water is 1:1.5, so if you want to sprout 1 cup of seeds, then add 1 ½ cup of water. Also, you may use a wax lined paper cup for the sprouting instead of glass.

    1. Stir the seeds a bit and then store it away from direct sunlight.

    The popular storage of these seeds is in the kitchen cupboards. Others also suggest getting it covered to protect them from any contamination.

    1. Wait for at least 4 hours and they are ready to use.

    Once soaked, the seeds will be filled with water, making them change from being dormant to alive. This is a very good thing as a soaked seed has no inhibitors to its enzyme, so they will digest on their own to give your body nutrients.

    How To Grow Roots In Flax Seeds?

    Perhaps you want to grow flax seeds for later use?

    Then, just do the same four steps above. However, instead of waiting 4 hours, wait for the seeds to grow some roots.

    How long does it take to sprout flax seeds?

    The first sign of roots may be seen after 8 to 12 hours of waiting. When this happens, stir the seeds a little bit, and continue letting the roots to grow. You also need to continue stirring the seeds up as you do not want the top to dry out.

    In some cases, it would take 5 to a week for the sprouted flax seeds to store. It actually depends on the humidity, air circulation, and temperature of the room where they are stored.

    If you want to use them the next day, then sprout flax seeds overnight.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Mr Fothergill’s Kitchen Seed Sprouter makes growing sprouts very easy! All you need to add is water and seeds.

    This high-quality multi-tiered seed sprouter has been designed to create the perfect growing conditions and provide a continuous supply of fresh and tasty sprouts. Perfect in the kitchen, it takes up minimal space and the clever design gives fingertip convenience all year round. Sprout seeds sold separately.

    Dimensions: 21cm high x 15.5cm wide x 15.5cm deep

    Looking for sprouting seeds to go with your Kitchen Sprouter? Click here to view the complete Sprouts Alive range.

    Made from BPA free plastic.

    Replacment caps for your trays are available. Please contact us for details.

    Growing in a Mr Fothergill’s Kitchen Seed Sprouter:

    1. Spread about 1 tablespoon of seeds in one or more of the four clear plastic trays.
    2. Stack the clear trays on top of the bottom tray and pour enough water into the top tray to cover the outlet
    3. This will commence the syphoning action and water will drain down through each of the trays and outlets
    4. Once the water has drained, empty any excess water from the bottom tray. The water that stays in the clear trays is enough to provide the necessary humidity for successful seed germination. Water in this way at least 2-3 times each day.

    To view our Kitchen Sprouter FAQ please click here

    To view our Kitchen Sprouter Instructions please click here

    Our Seed Guarantee

    If you are not completely satisfied with these seeds Mr. Fothergill’s will gladly replace them for free. Performance subject to growing conditions.

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    • Working Time: 10 minutes
    • Total Time: 1 – 3 hours
    • Yield: 200+ seeds
    • Estimated Cost: $3-5

    Watermelon seeds are totally safe to eat. In fact, they’re great sources of minerals, protein, and essential fatty acids. And eating the seeds, which you may otherwise spit out and throw away, can help reduce your food waste. You can even make the most out of your watermelon by preparing and eating the rind. Talk about zero waste.

    Watermelon seeds taste like sunflower seeds but are a little less nutty. Roast or sprout them and eat them like you would any other nut or seed—alone as a snack, tossed on a salad, or sprinkled on smoothies.

    What You’ll Need


    • 1 watermelon
    • Cool water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil


    • Sharp kitchen knife
    • Cutting board
    • Colander
    • Large mixing bowl
    • Cloth tea towel
    • Baking sheet


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    How to Roast Watermelon Seeds

    The quickest method to prepare watermelon seeds for eating is roasting them in the oven. They will still have their shell, so you’ll need to crack and eat them like you would sunflower seeds.

    Preheat Oven

    Preheat your oven to 325 F.

    Remove Seeds From Watermelon

    A lot of people dislike watermelon seeds, so growers are supplying more seedless watermelons to grocery stores. But if you want to roast the seeds to make a tasty snack, make sure you buy a watermelon with seeds.

    Use a sharp knife to slice your watermelon into chunks onto a cutting board. Use your hands to pluck out any black seeds, avoiding white ones. White watermelon seeds are smaller than black ones and virtually tasteless, so they aren’t ideal for roasting.

    Strain and Rinse

    Dump the seeds into a fine colander and rinse them thoroughly to remove any leftover melon. Then, place the seeds in a mixing bowl with a few cups of cold water and swish it around with your hands to remove any stubborn residue.

    Allow Seeds to Dry

    Strain the seeds and pat them with a tea towel. To get them completely dry, lay them on a baking sheet and set them in direct sun for an hour or two. Spread the seeds out as much as possible so there’s plenty of airflow around them.

    The drier your seeds are, the crunchier they’ll get in the oven.

    Toss With Oil

    Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto the baking sheet with the dry watermelon seeds. You can use a different oil with a high smoke point, like avocado oil, as a substitute for olive oil if needed.

    Toss the mixture with your hands to make sure each seed is coated in oil, which will impart a delicious buttery flavor and help them crisp up while roasting.

    Spread Seeds on Baking Sheet

    Once the seeds are coated with oil, spread them out again to maximize airflow. For the best results, try not to have more than two layers of seeds on one baking tray. Otherwise, your seeds may be soggy even after baking. If your watermelon has a ton of seeds, roast multiple batches.

    Sprinkle With Salt

    Sprinkle the oiled seeds with at least a half teaspoon of salt, or to taste. You can experiment with other seasonings if you want, too.

    Place the watermelon seeds in your preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Check on them occasionally to make sure they aren’t burning and take them out when they’re at your desired level of toastiness.

    Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before snacking on them or storing them for later. The seeds will crisp up even more as they cool.


    Store the cooled roasted watermelon seeds in a reusable food storage container and use them however you like. They make a great snack by themselves and taste amazing in homemade trail mix, smoothies, and salads.

    How to Sprout Watermelon Seeds

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    Sprouting is a natural process that allows seeds to germinate and produce tiny green shoots. The process, commonly used in a wide variety of seeds and grains, boosts nutritional value. As a bonus, it makes watermelon seeds even tastier and naturally removes their dark outer shell to reveal a creamy interior.

    Sprouting takes a few days, but it’s worth the wait.

    In addition to the supplies listed above, you’ll need:

    • Cheesecloth
    • Glass jar
    • Warm water

    Prepare Your Container

    Get a glass mason jar large enough to hold as much of the seeds as you’d like to sprout (be mindful of the fact that you should eat them all within a few days of sprouting).

    Take out the center part of the jar lid, leaving only the outer ring. Replace the lid with a piece of cheesecloth to allow the mixture to breathe while the seeds sprout.

    Soak Watermelon Seeds

    Place your watermelon seeds into the mason jar and cover them completely with warm water.

    Set the jar aside and wait three to four days for the seeds to begin sprouting and emerging from their shells. When the sprouts are about a quarter-inch long, the seeds are ready.

    Rinse and Drain

    Pour the contents of the mason jar into a colander or mesh strainer and drain the water from the seeds. Rinse the seeds under cool running water.

    Dry the Sprouted Seeds

    Pat the sprouted seeds dry with a cloth. Moisture can allow them to sprout further and decompose quicker, so dry them as much as possible to help them last longer.

    You can also dry your sprouted seeds in a 200 F oven for two hours or use a dehydrator to get the seeds totally dry.


    Eat your sprouted watermelon seeds within three or four days of sprouting them. They’re a deliciously nutritious snack on their own, and even better tossed in your morning bowl of cereal.


    Sprouts are susceptible to contamination, which may allow bacteria such as E. coli to grow and cause food-borne illnesses. To minimize this risk, only purchase fresh, organic watermelons from a reputable source.

    You should also wash your hands before handling the food and equipment and keep your kitchen clean throughout the process. And be sure to eat the sprouts within a few days.

    Wondering what the best sprouts to eat are? Look no further! This post will show you what the best sprouts are, plus how to grow them. Growing sprouts is simple, and provides you with a nutrition-packed crunch any time of the year.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Growing your own sprouts is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to grow food at home because it requires very little space, can be done indoors at any time of year, and is super easy to do!

    The only thing that can get a bit confusing is when you go to buy your seeds and find yourself faced with a shelf full of different varieties. Which should you choose?

    The Best Sprouts to Eat and Grow

    In this post, you’ll find a list of some of the best sprouts to grow from seed and what they taste like. This way you can pick the right sprouts for your preferences. You may also want to pick a few and mix them together—you can create all sorts of delicious flavor combinations!


    Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most common varieties, probably because the taste goes with everything! They are small, crunchy sprouts with a mild taste. Add these sprouts to any dish to add a little crunch and a lot of nutrients.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Beet sprouts have colorful stems in dark red or magenta and bright green leaves, so if you want to add a pop of pretty color to a dish, these are the right option for you. They taste slightly earthy and very sweet.


    Broccoli produces thick, hefty sprouts that have a nutty, spicy flavor (a bit like radish). They don’t actually taste much like broccoli, but they are a delicious addition to anything that could use a little spice.

    They are also particularly high in antioxidants, so if you want to boost your health, these are a good choice.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home


    Fenugreek has a bitter taste that adds complexity to dishes when mixed with other flavors (consider using it in a mix), but is usually not eaten on its own. This can help to relieve an upset stomach, so this is a good choice for those with sensitive tummies.

    Green Pea

    Green pea sprouts are crunchy with a fresh, sweet taste reminiscent of snow peas. They are mild and go well with most other flavors. These are many people’s go-to sandwich sprout! I like to grow them in combination with the mung bean variety mentioned below as they have the same growing time and complimentary flavors.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home


    Lentil sprouts come in various colors, making them an attractive addition to a dish that needs a little color contrast. They have a great, crunchy texture and a rich, nutty flavor.

    Mung Bean

    Mung bean sprouts are thick, juicy sprouts with white stems and a very mild taste. Their crunchy texture and tendency to take on the flavor of whatever sauce or seasoning is added to them, which makes this tasty treat a great addition to stir-fry.


    Mustard sprouts have an earthy taste and a spicy kick, kind of like horseradish. A perfect option for the spice lover!

    How to make a seed sprouter at home


    Radish sprouts are very slender, with red-tipped leaves. They look lovely as a garnish. They taste similar to mature radish, but with less spice.

    Red Clover

    Red clover’s dark green sprouts have a mild, earthy taste and a very crunchy texture. They go well with most other flavors, so pile them onto all you favorite sandwiches, salads, wraps, and bowls.


    Sprouting spelt results in a nutritious, chewy grain with a mildly sweet taste. If you want to use them in a surprising way, these can be added to your morning granola, raw bread recipes, and even baked into cookies.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home


    Sunflower sprouts have thick, juicy leaves with a deep, nutty flavor that is scrumptious. These are delicious in the usual dishes—salads, sandwiches, bowls, etc.—but their sweet flavor also makes them a welcome way to pack some more nutrients into a fruit smoothie. Learn more about these flavourful sprouts here.

    I hope this list has your mouth watering as much as it does mine! Which variety (or varieties!) will you grow first?

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    Thanks for this post. I find fenugreek sprouts very sweet and juicy. They’ve become my favorite sprout. I’ve grown them as a microgreen, too, and they have a slight bitterness as a microgreen but that is completely missing from the sprout stage. Even as a microgreen they aren’t really bitter like an orange peel is bitter. They have so many health benefits including supporting normal blood sugar and helping with inflammation and high cholesterol, increasing mother’s milk supply, and best of all, they smell and taste like maple syrup. (in the sprout stage). Also they are very easy to sprout. Soak them no longer than 4 hours and then use your normal sprouting technique. I highly recommend trying them.

    I’m curious what sprouted sesame tastes like?

    Where can seeds for sprouting be purchased? This article is very helpful by the way.

    I need help! I love sprouts (and I sprout them) but they have me worried about breaking my teeth (crowns.) Are there sprouts that have less potential for this. Are there sprouts with softer seeds?

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    – a review of one kitchen sprouter and tips on how to choose a good home sprouter

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Picture: The best sprouter is one that gives abundant sprouted seeds easily and dependably – this one from Hometown seeds does just that

    How to find the best sprouter for you

    First, some basic considerations for selecting a great kitchen sprouter:

    • A good kitchen sprouter should be sturdy and easy to wash.
    • There should be a good system of drainage so that water trickles down effectively to through the different layers.
    • The trays of the sprouter should be easy to access and inspect.
    • There should be several inter-changeable trays so that you can sprout a lot or just a few seeds at a time, including different varieties.
    • There should be a well-fitting lid to keep out insects and dust.
    • Ideally, the best sprouter kits will come with instructions and suggestions for use.

    With these points in mind, here below is a kitchen sprouter review of a product from Hometown Seeds.

    The sprouter shown was given to me by Hometown seeds in exchange for reviewing its performance. I have tried to be scrupulously fair and honest in evaluating it.

    A kitchen seed sprouter review

    This seed sprouter (shown above) from Hometown Seeds looks on first sight to be reasonably sturdy and large enough for most people’s sprouting needs.

    I’ve now been using it for a couple of years now and appearances are not deceptive!

    There are three generous tiers in which to sprout different sized seeds. The individual seed trays are large enough to deliver at least one generous family-sized portion of sprouts.

    The sprouter kit comes with a pack of alfalfa seeds included.

    You can use it to sprout seeds of different types at the same time because of the separate tiers. If you wanted to eat sprouted seeds almost every day of the week you could probably just about manage it with this seed sprouter. Two working along side each other would definitely give enough sprouts for several people, as in a family but I expect most families won’t want sprouts every single day!

    The trays and collecting tray are made from plastic which is quite thick and strong. Each tray contains small grooves which help the seeds to settle in a regular pattern. This helps towards regular growth and adequate space for each litt le seedling sprout . (Anyone who has used a jar to sprout seeds will know that some seedlings tend to twist and entangle each other as they grow.)

    Each tray also contains a siphon which allows the water to trickle down from layer to layer in turn. This works quite well but mine seemed to need the occasional bit of encouragement – a light poke with a finger does the trick.

    Each tray is about 1ВЅ inches deep, which is deep enough for most sprouts to become large enough for using. As you can see, from the picture above, some seeds will stray beyond bounds if you forget to suspend growth by placing the sprouter contents in the fridge!

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    Watering the crop

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Picture: Alfalfa sprouts ready for use

    The top tray has a water reservoir. You fill this – either from the tap or fro m your water filter .

    It also has a securely fitting lid which will prevent dust or stray particles from getting into the water.

    Once the tray is full, the water slowly trickles down to the next level where the seeds are. The siphon conducts the water down gently so that the seeds or seedlings are not damaged in the process. It’s quite easy to swap the different trays around so that different ones can take the top place. Because the walls of the trays are see-through, it’s easy to get an idea of how well things are progressing without actually opening up the trays.

    However, if you do want to open the trays up and separate them, this is very easy to do. The last or bottom tray collects the used water from the seedlings. It is easy to take this off and throw away the contents. Alternatively, you can use the water remaining to water your houseplants as it is likely to contain some nutrients.

    This is a very easy device to use and I’ve found it is definitely a whole lot more convenient to use than a jam jar! The sprouts grow straight and true and are less likely to get entangled one with another. It is also very easy to water the sprouts and to check them. Once they have grown enough for your needs they can even be placed in the fridge or cool store just as they are in their trays.

    There are plenty of sprouters o n sale in stores and at Amazon . I cannot recommend any specifically (as I have not tried them) but ones such as this have received some good reviews from buyers, as have the ones shown here on the right.

    Picture: This product has had great reviews and is BPA-free, too.

    Washing the sprouter kit

    The sprouter kit is easy to wash except that some small seeds will tend to trap themselves behind the syphon device. This is easy to remedy. You just lift off the syphon with the aid of a blunt knife or something similar, wash it in hot soapy water, rinse it and put it back.

    I haven’t tried washing the sprouter in the dishwasher. Even the very best sprouter will doubtless become hazed if washed in the dishwasher so it’s probably best to avoid this if you want to see your sprouts!

    This is a great way to produce sprouted seeds reliably and I can whole-heartedly recommend this product . The Hometown See ds seed sprouter was sent to me by the vendors to review. Nevertheless, I have tried to be as dispassionate as possible and give a fair review which people will find useful. Please see my disclosure page for more information.

    The best sprouter?

    Is this the best kitchen sprouter? Well, I haven’t tried that many yet but this one seems like a good deal. It’s certainly a good deal better than the last one I used which was more flimsy and smaller. This is a good size for family use. I can find no problem with it and I can say that it is the best sprouter I’ve used so far.

    It is quick and easy to use and robust. I’ve now had it for around five years. I’m sure there are equally good ones on the market. Bear in mind the simple requirements listed above when searching for a decent sprouter and you won’t go far wrong. After that.. the best sprouter is one that is being used!

    This is a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining top quality organic food at any time of year. Please see my article on sprouting seeds for a fuller discussion of how to use your sprouter to grow delicious sprouted seeds of many kinds.

    I’ll add more reviews as I can. If anyone would like to add a seed sprouter review please use the Add Your Tips button on the nav bar. Tell us which you think is the best sprouter and why.

    How to make a seed sprouter at home

    Alfalfa is just one of many seeds you can sprout at home with ease. Photograph: Michael Duva/The Image Bank

    Alfalfa is just one of many seeds you can sprout at home with ease. Photograph: Michael Duva/The Image Bank

    If you have a tap, and know how to open it, you’re well on the way to sprouting your own mung beans or alfalfa seeds. The only other equipment you’ll need is a large (1-2 litre) jar with a lid that’s pierced to provide ventilation and drainage.
    You can buy purpose-made containers in health food shops or sites like, but otherwise your best option is to adapt a Mason jar – one of those wide-mouthed glass containers whose two-part tops consist of a metal disc and a ring that screws on to secure it. Replace that disk with fine plastic or stainless-steel mesh and you’re good to go. If that’s too much trouble, you can simply stretch muslin across the jar’s mouth and secure it with a rubber band. This will create more work in the long term, however, as you’ll need to wash the cloth between uses.

    Speaking of cleanliness, if you remember the poisonings linked to bean sprouts, here’s the NHS’s dull but helpful advice: “You need to use seeds suitable for home sprouting… Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Equipment used for sprouting seeds should be cleaned thoroughly using hot soapy water; always wash your hands before and after handling seeds.”

    “Seeds suitable for home sprouting“, by the way, means seeds (or grains, or nuts or beans) labelled as such. Don’t use seeds that are sold for planting, as these will have been treated with pesticides and other evil substances. We don’t have room to list everything sproutable here, but popular choices include chickpeas, peas, radish, red clover, adzuki, quinoa…

    Details vary from seed to seed, but in broad terms you need to place the seeds in your jar (leaving it no more than one-third full), screw on the top, then rinse them well with cold water, before adding enough lukewarm water to almost fill the jar. Leave the seeds to soak overnight, then rinse and thoroughly drain them (just turn the jar upside down). Lay the jar on its side, somewhere dark or at least gloomy. After that, all you have to do is keep it at room temperature, rinsing and draining the contents two to four times a day. Once the seeds are fully sprouted – probably three to five days – make sure they’re well drained and put them in the fridge. Use within two or three days.