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Growing Sprouts and Homemade Sprouting Jars title (three jars of sprouts)

Growing Sprouts

Growing sprouts is fun and easy. Be sure to use seeds or beans specifically for sprouting that are free of pathogens.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword how to grow alfalfa sprouts, how to grow bean sprouts, how to sprout seeds
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 days
Servings 4
Calories 31 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup sprouting Seeds or Beans purchase seeds or beans specifically designated for sprouting purposes
  • Water for rinsing sprouts


Before Starting

  1. Before starting: sanitize any sprouting equipment. Jars should be boiled in clean water for 10 minutes as well as any metal parts (do not boil homemade plastic screen lid inserts). 
  2. Wash the screen lids inserts with hots water and soap; dry fully.

Growing Sprouts

  1. Once you have prepared your sprouting jars, place 2 tablespoons to ½ cup of sprouting seeds in a given jar depending on how large a crop you wish to have.

  2. Seal the jar with the screen lid. Fill the jar with clean or filtered water to cover the seeds plus an inch. Allow them to sit in a cool spot, out of direct sunlight overnight.

  3. The following morning, remove any floating seeds or beans and drain the water through the screen top. 

  4. Rinse again thoroughly with clean cool water and drain. 

  5. Place the jar on its side in a cool spot out of direct sunlight.

  6. Rinse the seeds at least twice daily (3-4 times is recommended) by filling the jar to cover the seeds (with clean or filtered water), swish the water around to rinse all the sprouts; drain all the water through the screen top and replace on its side until the sprouts have grown to the size desired. Timing will vary based on seeds.

  7. Once the sprouts are finished, remove them from the jar, and dry using a salad spinner or paper towels. 

  8. Place in a plastic bag or sealed container in the refrigerator to use. Sprouts should stay fresh for up to a week. NOTE: never eat sprouts that do not appear or smell fresh.

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Recipe Notes

  • The Total Time will vary depending on seeds or beans being sprouted (the time will be on the package).
  • Nutrition Information is a guide only
  • Review and follow food safety guidelines in the blog post 
Nutrition Facts
Growing Sprouts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 13.7mg17%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.