The Q&A Archives: Sprouting Alfalfa seeds

Question: I ordered alfalfa, broccoli, and mung seed sprouts from your 1999 catalog and I didn't receive directions on how to sprout the seeds. Are these seeds organic or do I have to clean them a special way before sprouting them? If so, how? What's the easiest way to sprout them using a canning jar?

Answer: You shouldn't have to treat the seeds in any way prior to sprouting them. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of seed into the bottom of a canning jar and cover them with warm water. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of clean cheesecloth or a stocking and secure with a rubber band around the rim of the jar. Soak the seeds overnight. The next morning, drain the water and rinse the seeds with cool water. Keep the jar in indirect sunlight and repeat the rinsing 2-3 times each day. Start eating after about 3-4 days and keep them in the refrigerator once they have mostly sprouted. Enjoy the greens!

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