Gardening – 95% Discount: Alfalfa Sprouts

These organic alfalfa sprouts cost $4 at a store. We grow them with 2 tablespoons or $0.20 (20 cents!) worth of seed and a daily rinse for 7 days.

Dr’s recommendation: more plants (forks) and less meat (knives). Our cholesterol is out of hand…

Finding fresh produce is difficult this time of year, so we try to grow as much of it as we can…indoors.

We are growing round after round of micro greens (beans and pea shoots) plus sprouts (alfalfa and cabbage) to supplement the spinach we eat on a regular basis…plus fermented sour kraut…but that’s a post for another day.

Today’s post is how to grow alfalfa sprouts in one week using nothing but 20 cents of seeds, filtered water and a mason jar.

Pea Shoots at our favorite organic farm in Wisconsin. We grew pea shoot micro greens with $.050 (50 cents) of seed in 5 days.
Pea shoots. We saved ourselves $4.50 by growing these micro greens ourselves. But I digress. This post is about growing alfalfa sprouts.
Step one: soak two (2) tablespoons of seeds for 8 to 12 hours. BUT…no longer than 12 hours or the seeds may ferment and not germinate. We use filtered water for the soak.
Step 2. Drain and rinse the seeds 3 to 4 times daily for the first 3 to4 days. We rinse 3 to 4 times daily the entire 7 days it takes to grow the first picture of this post. Store in a Mason type jar in a cool dark spot.
Step 3: On day four, turn the jar on its side while storing in a cool dark spot. The seedlings now need more surface area to grow. Pretty cool, huh?!
Our sprouts in the strainer while rinsing on day 5.
Step four. On day 7 place the jar on its side in direct sunlight for 6 hours to finish the sprouting process. We have this jar under grow lights.
Step 5: Final rinse and store in an old produce container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Beth and R Dub sampled these prior to placing them in the fridge. Very tasty! These will be a delicious and nutritious addition to our salad greens.
Sprout Nutritional Information
Micro green mung beans, Chinese cabbage sprouts and alfalfa sprouts.

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Conversational BLOG writer and contributing writer for LocaLeben magazine. My BLOG entries represent observations that intrigue, amuse, inspire or stimulate my appetite.

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