Step 1

Cover Seeds with Cold Water in a Sprouting Jar

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill Jar With Water and Let Seeds Soak

Thoroughly clean the container before each use. Pour seeds into a sprouting jar (with a mesh lid for easy draining), fill it with cold water, and leave the seeds to soak for 8–12 hours. Do not overfill the jar.

Step 2

Invert Sprouting Jar and Rinse Seed Again

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Rinse Seeds With Cold Water and Drain

Once the seeds have soaked, invert the jar over a sink, then rinse the seeds with cold water and drain again, making sure that they are not standing in water. Place the jar out of direct sunlight, where air circulation is good.

Step 3

Rinse and Drain Sprouts Twice a Day to Clean

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Keep Seeds Clean and Moist

Rinse and drain the seeds with cold water twice a day to keep them clean and moist. Alfalfa seeds sprout after only 2 days and are ready to eat 2–4 days after that. Try a few as the shoots lengthen to find your favorite eating stage.

Step 4

Store Final Sprouts in Refrigerator

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Give Sprouts Final Rinse and Store

When they are ready, give the sprouts a final rinse, drain, and leave for 8 hours to allow excess water to evaporate. The sprouts can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Discard the crop if mold develops.