Grow your own sprouts

Make your own sprouting jar.

Make your own sprouting jar.

Growing Sprouts

Norm, our neighbor, introduced us to growing sprouts for sandwiches, soups and salads. Sprouted seeds are packed full of vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. They are easy to grow and I wish now that we had started using them years ago. Here are two ways to grow sprouts so you can have a daily supply readily available.

One way is to buy a counter-top sprouting machine. They cost around a hundred dollars and include a watering system that regularly sprays the seeds to keep them moist. But, there is no need to go to that expense.

We save money by using a wide-mouth jar with a ring holding 1/8th inch stainless steel mesh. You can get the mesh at a hardware store or use cheese cloth instead.  You can see by the picture that all you need to do is cover the opening so water can drip out and air circulate within.

To make your own sprouting jar:

  • Get a wide-mouth jar with an open ring for a lid.
  • Cut a circle of mesh (8/per inch hardware cloth*) to fit inside the ring or use cheese cloth.
  • Test the ring by screwing it tightly onto the jar
Most local food coops have organic sprouting seeds. They also offer growing kits.

Most local food coops have organic sprouting seeds. They also offer growing kits.

To grow sprouts:

  • Wash the jar and lid
  • Buy seeds from a co-op and sort out the bad seeds.
  • Place about 2 tsp of seeds in the jar and  rinse the seeds.
  • Replace the lid keeping the seeds inside the jar.
  • Fill the jar with water and soak overnight.
  • Turn the jar upside down to drain the water and place it in dark cupboard in a tilted position to encourage air circulation  and let the water drain.
  • Rinse seeds 2X daily, inverting the jar and storing in a dark place.
  • When fully grown (about 1week) place the jar in window for 1 day to promote green coloring.
  • Important: Cool the sprouts and store them below 41 degrees. They are considered a Potentially Hazardous Food. 

What do you do with them?¨ 

  • You can add sprouts to salads and sandwiches.¨
  • Use them in wraps and tacos.¨
  • Use to add flavor to soups and stews.

For nutritional information and recipes, go to  For supplies go to

* cover jar opening with cheesecloth if hardware cloth is unavailable. Replace cloth if openings plug up.

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About Don R

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Retired teacher. Multiple successful business endeavors including screen printing / sporting goods business, executive director of a Boys & Girls Club, commercial fishing, and co-founding an alternative high school. Interests include family, hiking, cooking, Parkinson's research and developing an educational cooking program.