How to Do it Yourself Alfalfa Sprouts at Home
Do it Yourself Alfalfa Sprouts are a fresh, delicious way to add both variety and powerful antioxidants to your weight loss diet plan,
but due to their very short shelf life, buying alfalfa sprouts from the grocery store can get quite expensive. Fortunately, growing do it yourself alfalfa sprouts is very easy and quick - your sprouts can be ready to eat in as little as six days, without dirt or garden space needed! How often do we get instant gratification like that?! Here’s how to grow alfalfa sprouts from home:
Ingredients for Do it Yourself Alfalfa Sprouts:
- 1 Tbsp alfalfa seeds (find them at health food stores, in the gardening section of home stores, or from an online seed retailer).
- Mason jar
- Cheese cloth or clean pantyhose/tights
- Rubber band
Directions for Do it Yourself Alfalfa Sprouts:
- Measure out 1 Tbsp of alfalfa seeds and place them in the mason jar.
- Cover the top of the jar with the cloth and secure with a rubber band. This will allow you to drain the mason jar without losing any seeds.
- Fill the jar half full with lukewarm water, making sure all seeds are submerged. Allow the seeds to soak overnight in a room temperature dark area.
- Rinse and drain the seeds in the morning. Keep the jar in a room temperature dark area. Repeat this rinsing and draining process 2-3 times per day for the next 3-4 days until the sprouts are about one-two inches long. (Try a routine like every morning and evening to help remember).
- Make sure the seeds are properly drained - they need to stay damp between rinsing sessions, not soaking in water or they will rot.
- Move the jar into the sunlight and continue rinsing/draining process until sprouts have turned green (approx. another 1-2 days).
- Once the sprouts are green, they’re ready to eat. Keep the jar in the refrigerator to slow the growing process and extend the sprouts’ shelf life for up to 7 days. Enjoy!
If you enjoy eating alfalfa sprouts frequently, you can have two mason jars on the go, starting one seed-sprouting process as soon as the previous jar has been moved to the refrigerator, ensuring that fresh alfalfa sprouts are always on hand.
Do it yourself alfalfa sprouts at home is a simple yet rewarding process. Adding a bit of love and appreciation for the food we consume is a great idea for any weight loss diet plan, and will help you enjoy your diet even more. Happy growing!