You Sprout, Seeds Sprout

Bean Sprouts

Have you ever heard an adult say that you have "sprouted"? It is our way of noting that all of a sudden you have grown quickly. You can grow seed sprouts yourself to see how quickly they sprout too!


You'll need:   
  • a large glass jar
  • a 13 cm (5 inch) square piece of cheesecloth, vinyl coated window screening, or fine net bag that vegetables come packaged in from the grocery store
  • a thick elastic band
  • 30 mL (2 tablespoons) of dried beans or seeds (you can find these seeds at a natural food store)
  • water

What to do:   

  • Place the seeds to be sprouted in the jar; add enough warm water to cover.
  • Put the piece of cheesecloth or netting across the top of the jar and secure in place with the elastic band .  Let soak overnight.
  • The next day, drain off the soaking water and rinse the seeds with fresh cold water. This time drain completely so that there is no water left in the jar.
  • Place the jar on its side in a bright spot like a windowsill.
  • Rinse and drain the sprouts twice a day, in the morning and evening, until they are fully sprouted.  This should take 4-5 days depending on the size of the seeds you are using.
  • When the sprouts look ready, give them a final rinse, drain and then put them in a container with a lid or in a bag in the refrigerator.
  • Don't forget to eat them in a sandwich, salad, or just by the handful!