You can get alfalfa sprouts at every salad bar, and you can even buy them in little plastic boxes at the supermarket. If you spout seeds at home you can use a mix of flavorful seeds – radish, broccoli, clover, lentil and others inaddition to alfalfa.
I used to have some plastic screened lids that were intended to be used on canning jars for sprouting, but I have been told that in order to give sprouting seeds proper air cirulation they should be sprouted in a hemp bag. But jar or bag, seeds need to be soaked overnight first.
Well I had a mixture of seeds, but no hemp bag so I decided to put my soaked seeds in a nice old linen dish towel and gathered the ends together. I ran the seeds in the towel under the faucet two or three times a dayfor a good rinsing, and then set the towel to drain in my colander. Within 5 or 6 days I was ready to open the towel to the sun for a few hours to develop the green chlorophyll and take my first harvest.
A few sprout roots grew through the linen towel, but not enough to harm them – or the towel. With two towels, or bags, it is easy to keep up a rotating harvest system. A couple of teaspoons of seeds results in at least 2 cups of sprouts. When they have reached the size you like, you can remove them from the towel, give them a final rinse and drain them before putting them in the refrigerator where they will keep for a couple of days.
Sprouts are extremely nutritous, and a great addition to any salad or sandwich. Sprouting seeds are available at many health food stores. Don’t use seeds intended for planting. It’s nice to be able to bring in a harvest in February.