I was at my friend's house last week and asked her mother if she was still growing alfalfa sprouts. I had them in salads and wraps at their house on previous occasions, but didn't see any in the kitchen. She told me how I can grow my own sprouts with no special equipment. Thank you Mrs. Lankin for the seeds, stockings, and instructions!
What you need:
Empty plastic soda or water bottle (1 liter works well), cut off the top before the place where it narrows.
(Or other thin, tall container)
The foot of one stocking to stretch over the bottle
1 tsp sprout seeds (I'm using organic alfalfa seeds)*
1 tsp for tall/long bottle
1. Put seeds in the cut off bottle, cover with water. Stretch stocking over top. Let sit 1-2 days.
2. Using the stocking as a sieve, drain the excess water and shake the seeds down along the side of the bottle.
3. Put the bottle on its side, on a tray, with the bottom slightly elevated to let the excess water drain away. Keep in a dark place for about a day and a half, until you notice the seeds starting to sprout. Keep the seeds moist.
4. When you notice the first signs of sprouts, move to indirect sunlight (direct sun will dry the seeds). Add water every day and leave bottle on it's side so seeds stay damp, but not soaking.
5. When sprouts reach the desired size (in 4-6 more days), remove from the bottle and rinse in a sieve.
Dress sprouts and eat plain or add to salads, sandwiches, and wraps.
* You can buy sprout seeds at your local health food store or online.
Salad with sprouts, oranges, raw walnuts, and more