Growing Alfalfa Sprouts

We came across alfalfa sprout seeds at our local gardening store and thought they would be fun to grow.  Thought this would be cool and plunked the seeds in soil and watched it go all wrong.  Turns out we should have read the directions.  You don’t plant them in soil but rather in a jar with water.  Even cooler!  :)

It takes 5 or 6 days to get the harvest so it is pretty easy overall.

You will need some seed, water, a mason jar, butter muslin, and some bleach.  Store the seeds you don’t use in a sandwich baggie.

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To start it is important to sterilise the seed in a bleach solution of 1 tsp bleach in 1 cup of hot water.  The seed is gathered in fields with animals and you don’t want to risk e coli.  Soak for about 15 minutes.

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Pour into a strainer and rinse thoroughly.

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Rinse the jar and pour the seeds back into the jar.  Cut a small piece of butter muslin and place it over the opening of the jar and tighten the ring over it.  Fill with water and pour most of it out again and leave on the draining board upside down so the excess water can drip out.  Do this bit daily until it is ready to “harvest”.

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Using a large bowl tip out the sprouts and gently loosen the clump.

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Fill with water and let the seed shells float to the top and skim off.

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Drain until mostly dry then store in an airtight container in the fridge.  It is great on salads and sandwiches.

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10 thoughts on “Growing Alfalfa Sprouts

  1. I love alfalfa sprouts and also make them quite often, using a very similar technique! This week, I sprouted radish seeds, they are very hot, but we loved them.

  2. Clever! Will totally try this. I should also look into growing my own bean sprouts since our grocery stores seemed to have stopped selling them lately. How is a girl supposed to make Pad Thai without bean sprouts I’d like to know? :)

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