I need your input: sprouting

We’re getting crunchier by the moment.  I ground my own wheat today and made bread and English muffins.   We started building a solar oven this morning, though we need another box to make the lid.  Hubby expressed an interest in trying my baking soda/cornstarch/tea tree oil deodorant.  I’ve even been thinking about trying my hand at sourdough so I’m not entirely dependent upon store-bought yeast.  Well, OK.  I really just love sourdough bread.  The yeast thing was totally an excuse.

I’m ready now to revisit sprouting, but I desperately want your input before I spend too much money on sprouty gadgets that will make you all laugh and shake your collective head at me.

My mom has a Sprout Master which she absolutely loves.  She says she struggled with mold and slime when she used jars and cheesecloth, but her Sprout Master has been pure plastic perfection.  It’s not cheap, but perfection rarely is, even when it’s made of plastic.

Have you tried sprouting seeds?  What do you use?  What problems have you experienced, and did you find an easy solution?

Which sprouts do you eat raw, and which are better cooked?

Where do you buy your seeds?

I’m all ears.  Tell me everything you know.


  1. Piggie,

    please e-mail the instruction on how to sew a sprout bag

  2. I would like the directions on how to sew a sproutbag. Thank you Carole

  3. Kim, I sell a sprouter in my store. The man who told me about them is SOLD on them. I couldn’t keep them in stock in the store when it was on my farm. I just ordered them for the store and have already had to reorder once and need to place another order. He said they are so easy to use. There is a good picture of how they work on my store page. I am not trying to be pushy here, but just passing on what I have seen and heard. 🙂


  4. I tend to lean crunchy too. I havent sprouted in years. Now I want to. Hmm I’ll have to give this some thought. Thanks for the post.

  5. I tried off and on for years to sprout – even used some little gadget with 3 levels that was supposed to be great – no success. I recently acquired Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and followed what she recommended. It works, and it makes the best kitchen decor, in my opinion – a nice row of jars lined up on the ledge above my kitchen sink.

    I use wide-mouth canning jars with heavy-duty plastic screen mesh (scavenged from leftovers from the screen porch) and the wide-mouth canning rings. Works wonderfully and drains well.

    I’m seriously thinking of finding a way to use a 5-gallon bucket with screen and elastic to sprout a WHOLE BUNCH of wheat to be turned into bulgur, since my children love bulgur cereal in the morning, and it’s quick to make.

  6. Well we’re the cheapie type, so my husband took a glass jar with a plastic lid, drilled billions of 1/16″ holes in the top, and I use it as a sprouter. 🙂 Works fine for us!

  7. Heather Mason says:

    I second kattmaxx! I love this type of lid- easy to wash, easy to rinse sprouts. We have great success with alphalfa.

  8. I just use a suitable sized bowl and tip them in to a colander or sieve when they need a drink, then chuck them straight back in the bowl.

  9. homemakerang says:

    i have a free one with your name on it if you send me a UPS box. seriously! pm me and you can call me

  10. http://www.amazon.com/Sprouting-Strainer-Lid-Wide-mouth-Sprouter/dp/B000N8MRW8/ref=pd_sim_misc?ie=UTF8&qid=1239723923&sr=8-7 This is a lid that is washable that you can use on a canning jar that works well. I have used it for sprouting mung beans successfully. Alfalfa seems to always go bad on me but I live in a damp cool climate.I get mung beans from the asian market or the health food grain store. Don’t forget a daily rinse and drain.

  11. Hi Kim,

    Have you heard of the cookbook by Sally Fallon called Nourishing Traditions? You can get it from Amazon. It is an excellent cookbook. She talks about sprouts, sour dough, soaking grains, and a whole lot more. A very good source for “thinking outside the box” when it comes to meal preparation.

    Cindy in Canada

  12. I made “sprout bags” and we use them. My husband had been doing the jar thing, and I had a fancy gizmo years ago, but these work great. You can rinse them, hang them and let them sprout. When you are satisfied with the size, turn the bag inside out and they fall out into your container.

    Cheap enough to make (I will send instructions if you email me!) and work great!

  13. Ok, you asked.

    We take a nylon (you know, the ones ladies where on their legs when it is cold out), stuff the toe with earth, tie a knot after stuffing, and then stick the seeds on top… spray water the top and my young children like to glue eyes to the front end of the nylon so it looks like some Chia-Pet gown awrey…

    But no mold, no slime. Just sprouts… we get the seeds from the local farms, but I am sure you can get something more local than MY local 😀 !

  14. Hi Kim-
    I sprout alfalfa seeds which I got from a co-op a few years ago. I just use a plastic container like strawberries come in from the grocery store with no holes in the bottom. I cut a scrap of left over fleece to fit the size of the bottom. Put water in until fleece is very wet, but not over the top of the fleece. Sprinkle seeds thickly and evenly over the fleece, shut top and set in a sunny place. Rinse every day or two to keep the fleece and sprouts fresh. Yummy!

  15. I completely agree and defer 100% to http://www.sproutpeople.com as the experts. Anything I would tell you I learned from them : ) Good luck and ONCE AGAIN I will give you credit for my going back to doing something I haven’t done in quite some time. i am headed to the kitchen right now to start my sprouts. Have a blessed day!

  16. Jenny in Korea says:

    I bought a couple of sprouters last year in Korea. They are basically rectangular plastic trays with little holes in them that lay on a base (which catches the water drips) and they have a vented lid. For smaller seeds, I line the trays with paper towels.

    I also bought seeds here. We’ve done alfalfa, clover, broccoli, and I think two types of radish. All good 🙂 All of these we have eaten raw. Of course, the packages are labeled in Korean, so I don’t know anything about whether they are organic or not. I rinse them really well before and during sprouting.

    Some sprouts are really prone to root hairs…I thought mine had molded the first time I saw the hairs. But they lay down with a little shower. Here’s an article about root hairs that I found to be most helpful: http://www.sproutpeople.com/help.html#Anchor-My-23240

    My sprouters were about $6 and the seeds are about $1 a pack.

  17. We use a regular jar with a stainless steel mesh lid, from my local health food shop. I have sprouted chick peas , lentils, and mung beans. Mung beans are delicious on a salad. I recommend getting your seeds at the health food stores. I am planning on sprouting alfalfa seeds soon. The jar that I purchased came with information detailing how to sprout various seeds/beans.Sprouts are delicious on salads and in soups.

  18. molly schultz says:

    I sprout in a colander. I have never had any mold problems. I soak my seeds (or grain) overnight in a bowl of water. Then in the morning I dump them in a colander and rinse. Then I set the colander on a plate to catch the drippings and cover it with a towel. Every morning, I just rinse the seeds under the faucet and give them a good shake and put it back on the plate and recover it. We eat most of our sprouts raw. Sometimes I sprout buckwheat and then dehydrate it and grind it to make buckwheat flour, though.

  19. We made our own sprouting system out of drawer organizers. Just drill tiny holes in the bottom. I have the long skinny trays which I prop up in a large tray to catch the dripping water. I have three sets so when I am sprouting I can have one or two trays finished each day and never run out. Similar to this http://eatsprouts.com/pic-water.html#trays.

  20. My mom always used this type of sprouter when I was little.


    We sprouted wheat, alfalfa, etc. We always got the seeds at the grocery store (there was a health food bulk section).

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