Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How-To Sprout : Alfalfa

As promised...a post on sprouting. If I addressed all sorts of sprouts, this post would go on forever. So, let's begin with Alfalfa Sprouts. Simple, easy, inexpensive and delicious.

You will need:

Sprouting Jar (see above- Now makes the one I use. Available at Vitamin Cottage or online)
Alfalfa seeds for sprouting
Water - filtered if possible
Sunlight
5-6 days
(**It's important to allow Alfalfa Sprouts to grow into a mature 2-leafed sprout before consuming them**)

Put enough seeds into the jar to just cover the bottom of the jar. Fill halfway with filtered water and allow seeds to soak for 4-6 hours. Drain. Set jar in a tilted position with the lid lower than the bottom, to allow for drainage and for air to enter the jar. I put my jar in a rectangular pyrex container that fits it nicely, keeping one end of the jar elevated, and the other draining into the pyrex. You can also set it on top of a towel with something to elevate the bottom end.

For the first couple days, I put my jar on the kitchen counter where it doesn't get a lot of light. For the last 2-3 days, I place it near a windowsill to allow the sprouts to become green and grow leaves. During the sprouting, you must rinse twice daily to keep them moist; be careful to do this gently so the little plants are not damaged.

When the sprouts are ready (after 5-6 days they should look like the previous post), rinse them in a large bowl, allowing the hulls to rise to the top of the water to be discarded. Drain them and keep in the refrigerator. They will last for up to one week if they are rinsed every three days or if you don't scarf them up in 2 days like I do!

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