Sprouting Seeds in Your Kitchen 101

Have you heard about sprouting? It’s a way to garden without having to leave your kitchen. How cool is that?

I have been experimenting with growing fresh greens in my kitchen for me and my bunnies. It’s called fodder when you do it for livestock and sprouts when you do it for yourself. Either way, you’re making fresh, delicious greens right in your kitchen.

Daikon spouts. // Flickr
Daikon spouts. // Flickr

What are sprouts? Sprouts are the stage of a plant between seeds and full-blown plants. The seeds have just shot up into little stalks of greens but haven’t developed true leaves yet. You may have seen bean sprouts on a salad bar. This is that! Although there are lots of different plants you can try.

My sunflower sprouts. They're on their way!
My sunflower sprouts. They’re on their way!

Why sprout? Because it’s fun and adorable to have little baby plants popping up in your kitchen. Then, it’s convenient to have fresh greens on hand when you want to add a little flavor, nutrition, or crunch to a dish.

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What can you sprout? You can grow sprouts of peas, lentils, some beans, radish, broccoli, alfalfa, wheat, barley, or sunflowers. There are some great salad mixes available, too. You could get started with something like this organic mix assortment.

What can you do with sprouts? You can add them to any meal that needs an extra bit of flavor, crunch, or freshness. I tried adding my sunflower sprouts to my salads and in place of lettuce on a sandwich. They were a perfect addition in both cases! You can also add them into your smoothies! Another idea I haven’t tried yet is to use an herb spread on crackers with sprouts on top.

Do they grow in soil? It is possible to grow sprouts without soil, which is what I’ve been doing. However, there are many benefits to using a sprouting soil. You’ll need to use less water and your sprouts will be more robust and tasty.

What other supplies do you need? You’ll need containers with drainage holes and a water collecting tray underneath. I’ve been using simple seed starter six packs, which are available online, or at any hardware, garden, or home improvement store. You can go cheap and simple by growing your sprouts in mason jars. Or you can go all fancy-schmancy with a cute counter-top system..

Broccoli sprouts on day 5. // Flickr
Broccoli sprouts on day 5. // Flickr

What do you actually do to sprout things? The simple answer? You soak your seeds for 12 hours, put them in your chosen container, then regularly give them water. A few days later you’ll have a little crop of fresh greens! Check out this page for very complete instructions.

Leave a comment telling me whether you’ve tried sprouts before and what you think you might do with them if you give them a try!

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9 thoughts on “Sprouting Seeds in Your Kitchen 101”

  1. I have tried sprouting many things before. I assume you mean for later consumption of the sprouts- dandelion, bean, sunflower and other stuff over the years. I LOVE sprouts and the ones you buy in the store are so nasty. My favorite sprout by far is the dandelion.

  2. I have tried sprouts a few times and have mostly failed. I did the mason jar method. I might have put too many in or not rinsed enough, but they got all slimy and smelled unpleasant. One batch never even sprouted. I have not tired it in a few years. This method looks like it might work out better for me, as I have no trouble sprouting seeds for plants in flats.

  3. I have never tried sprouts before . I didn’t know about that gardening method before now.I would saute the sprouts or put them on a salad.

  4. I have never tried to sprout seeds for that purpose, but I really do enjoy the taste of them and have started all these seeds for my veggie gardens each year, so I should try them. Aren’t there nutritional benefits also?

  5. I have not grown my own sprouts, but I do love to eat them. I would love to grow them too! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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