How to Grow Sprouts in a Mason Jar

A professor of mine takes about ten minutes every week to show our class simple ways of living more sustainably. She recently demonstrated how to grow sprouts from a jar. It just takes a few easy steps and the sprouts will be ready to eat in about 7-10 days. You can use different types of sprouting seeds such as alfalfa, mung,  lentils, peas, bean sprouts, grains, or even nuts. Growing your own sprouts is easy, exciting, and a healthy alternative for you as well as the environment. Learn how to grow your own sprouts out of a mason jar to put in your favorite salad or on your everyday sandwich!


Sprouts                                                                                                               What you need:

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp sprouting seeds of your choice
  • 1 mason jar with ring (or substitute ring with a rubber band)
  • Cheese cloth, or nylon mesh screen


1.) Put 1-2 Tbsp of sprouting seeds into a mason jar. Fill the mason jar about half-way full with room temperature water. Put cheese cloth or nylon mesh over the opening of the    mason jar and place ring over the cloth (or wrap rubber band tightly around the opening of jar). The sprouts will need to soak overnight in the jar.

sprouts with lid

2.) The next day, pour out the remaining water with cloth still securely on top of jar. Fill the mason jar back up about halfway with room temperature water and swirl it around in the jar. Pour the water back out. Do this same process every morning and night for 7-10 days, or until the sprouts begin to have small leaves on them. There should not be excess water left in the jar. The sprouts do not even need sunlight and actually tend to grow better in areas with very little to no sunlight.  


3.) Once the sprouts have fully grown rinse them in a pasta strainer and follow by drying them. The sprouts should be stored in the fridge to stay fresher. 


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