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Add 1 teaspoon of sprout seeds to a pint- or quart-size jar. Cover with water by about 2 inches, and let the seeds soak for at least 8 hours. Cover the jar with 2 layers of cheesecloth, securing it in place with a rubberband or the jar lid band.
Drain the seeds, then rinse and drain again. Set in a cool, dark place. Continue to rinse and drain the seeds twice daily until light yellow leaves sprout, 3 to 5 days.
Pro tip: Lay the jar on its side or at an angle (use a bowl to hold it in place with the opening down so any excess water can drip out) so the seeds have more room to spread out along the side of the jar, insted of being all on top of each other on the bottom.
Once the yellow leaves appear, rinse and drain once more and set the jar in a well-lit area so the leaves can darken.
When the leaves have turned green, the spouts are ready to rinse and eat. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Pictured: Chef'n Countertop Sprouter Growing Kit
While growing your own sprouts is easy to do with items you probably already have around the house, these sprout-growers proved to be mega-helpful in making the process even easier.
Want to scale up the amount of sprouts you grow without sacrificing counter space? We love that this multi-tray sprouter stacks up, instead of out, to save room and make watering a cinch. Just add water to the top tray, and it flows through each tray below until filtering into a catch tray on the bottom (which saves you from having to rinse and drain multiple jars if you were making more than 1 teaspoon of seeds). Plus, spreading the seeds out on each tray gives each sprout more space to grow and equal amounts of sunlight, so no seed goes to waste.
The process for using this sleek-looking grower isn't different than the jar method listed above. The bonuses? The strainer works better than cheesecloth, plus the drip tray and interior ventilation tube help keep excess moisture to a minimum for more bountiful growth without any mold.
If the jar method is working for you, no need to go big on buying a grower. But you can save yourself some money (and prevent excess waste) by picking up a few sprouting jar lids and forgoing the cheesecloth altogether.
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