How to grow sprouts in a jar

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Adding sprouts to your sandwich food ideas is a great way to get some additional crunch, and flavor and if you haven't tried them already, you might be in for a nice surprise. Ancient Chinese physicians were prescribing sprouts for healing over 5,000 years ago, and 18th-century sea captains used sprouts to help prevent scurvy on long passages. Sprouts can be grown quickly and easily in any climate and don’t rely on any soil or sun. Sprouts only require a few resources and create no waste. Plus sprouts have tremendous health benefits, and they don’t require cooking. You'll want to give sprouts a try with this easy DIY idea. For the full tutorial, you'll want to take a look at the Tree Hugger site.

To make you sprout with this DIY idea, you will need wide-mouthed jars. You can use canning jars for this diy idea or reuse glass jars that you have, making sure that the jars have been cleaned and sanitized. You'll also need some mesh or cheesecloth and something to secure it to the jar, such as a rubber band. If you use a canning jar for this DIY idea, you can place the mesh on top of the jar and secure it by screwing on just the ring part of the lid. Next, you will need seeds to sprout. As for selecting the seeds for your diy idea for sprouts. Alfalfa and mung beans (which is where common bean sprouts come) are popular choices, but there are many other options. You can also try radish, mustard, lentils, soy beans, pea, beets, sunflower, broccoli, and wheat berries, to name a few. The important thing for the seeds in your diy idea is that you purchase the seeds that are specifically for sprouting, as labeled on the package. These seeds should be chemical-free and have been cleaned and are pathogen-free. Commercially grown sprouts in the past have been the cause of illness outbreaks such as salmonella and e. Coli, mostly because of contaminated seeds. So you want to make sure your seeds are intended for sprouting. To address any safety concerns, the University of California recommends that you only use certified pathogen-free seeds for sprouting (with good sources being Burpee Seed and Sprout People).

Next, you want to properly sanitize your jars and prepare the seed in an area that is very clean. You don't want to prepare your seeds in an area near pets or with high household traffic. Wash the seeds or the beans. Then place one or two tablespoons of the seeds in the jar making sure that the seeds don’t take up more than a quarter of the jar, as they will expand a great deal and cover the seeds with a few inches of water and secure the mesh or the cheesecloth on top. Let the seeds soak for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature. Then drain the seeds and rinse them, and then drain the seeds again. Find an area in the house that is out of direct sunlight and place the jars upside-down, but at an angle so to allow drainage and air-circulation through the mesh. You can also purchase a custom sprouting rack or try a dish rack or just a bowl. For the full step by step tutorial for this sprouting DIY idea, you'll want to take a look on the Tree Hugger site.

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