How To Grow Your Own Alfalfa Sprouts: Part One

updated Jun 4, 2019
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News of 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.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Passarella)

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.

For the next few days, rinse the seeds in the morning and evening by filling the jar with some water, swishing the seeds around, and draining them. Store the jar in a spot away from direct sunlight.

We’re on day two with our seeds, so we’ll report back on our progress.

• See the grown sprouts, just six days later: How To Grow Your Own Alfalfa Sprouts: Part Two
• Our favorite sprouts sandwich: Sprouts and Cream Cheese on Whole Grain Bread

Republished post originally posted March 10, 2008.