alfalfa sprout recalls prompted us to call our mother. Why? Because when we were in kindergarten, she came and taught everyone how to grow their own sprouts in a jar. It seems like a good idea now that we're adults looking for more organic, locally-grown food. Our own kitchen is as local as it gets.
When we wrote about our favorite sprouts sandwich last week, wvlinz posted a comment on how to grow sprouts. Our method is very similar. It's easy, and since the entire process only lasts a few days, you get instant gratification. All you need is a mason jar, some cheese cloth, a rubber band, and some alfalfa seeds. We bought our seeds at a health food store, which only sold one-pound bags, so we may need to find some neighbors who love sprouts, too. To get started:
- Put 2 tablespoons of seeds into the jar.
- Cover them with a few inches of cool water.
- Cover the top of the jar with cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band.
- Allow the seeds to soak overnight, then drain off the water.