April 28, 2021 3 min read 0 Comments

If you love picking up sprouts at the supermarket to add a fresh, crunchy bite to your meals, you’ll love how fast and easy is growing your own at home! 

Sprouts add a crunchy texture to a sandwich or salad, plus they’re an affordable nutrition-packed superfood when grown at home. One cup of bean sprouts provides more than the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, and broccoli sprouts are considered to be a superfood. Plus most varieties only require a few days to grow, are very inexpensive, and growing them is also a fun activity for the whole family. 

Sprouts are essentially plant seeds that have germinated and can be considered baby plants. You can grow many different kinds of sprouts and each one has its own benefits and flavoring. Some of the most popular options are black bean and green pea sprouts, sprouted grains, like buckwheat, amaranth, and brown rice, sprouts from vegetables, nuts and other seeds, like radish, beet, and alfalfa sprouts. 

Generally speaking, any plant from which you would eat the stems and leaves is a good option for sprouting, and plants from which you only eat the fruits, such as tomatoes and peppers, typically don't work.


Sprouting lid, like Bean Screens by Masontops

Seeds of your choosing

Wide mouth Mason jar

Bowl with lid or food storage bag

Paper towel

Once you have all the items listed above, you are ready to start sprouting! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Place the seeds inside the Mason jar and cover them with approximately 2 inches of warm water. Secure yoursprouting lid and allow the mixture to sit overnight or as specified for your sprouting seed packaging
  2. Drain the water from the jar, and tip the jar upside down for 15 minutes to remove excess water. This step is easily done with the Bean Screen: the lid acts as a strainer and features standing pegs for resting upside down. If you’re DIYing, you can also pour the water and seeds into a fine mesh strainer, being careful that the holes in the strainer are smaller than the seeds so you don't lose any of them. 
  3. Once you've drained all the soaking water from the jar, rinse the seeds by adding new water, swishing the seeds around, and draining again as explained in the previous step.
  4. Now repeat the process every morning and evening: soak, drain and rinse until your sprouts are the desired size. This process might take anywhere from three days to a week, depending on the variety of sprouts you're growing. Keep in mind that sprouts are best to eat when they're still small and just starting to turn green.
  5. Once your sprouts are grown, rinse them, drain them, and spread them out over paper towel to t dry.
  6. Now it's time to store your sprouts! You can keep them in your refrigerator for up to a week. It's a good idea to put a paper towel into your storage container to soak up excess moisture and switch it out periodically.

Mason Jars are the perfect vessel for growing Bean Sprouts because their clear walls allow for light to easily pass through and they can be sterilized in the dishwasher between sprouting batches. 

OurBean Screen screws onto the mouth of wide mouth Mason jars and provides an anti-roll feature via the faceted sides, preventing the jar from rolling off counter tops. The Bean Screen also has pegs so the jar can be left upside down for optimal drainage. 

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