The least expensive and best known method of sprouting.
Though Jar sprouting generally requires more attention to detail - it certainly can work!
Jars are clear and very cleanable. Lids come in various mesh sizes for various seeds.
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Though you can make your own "screen" lid, with cheesecloth, hardware cloth, a nylon stocking and a rubber band or string, we strongly advise that you use actual screw on Screen Lids. They make the Jar as good as it can be, and because Jars require extra work (they have poor air-circulation and draining is relatively difficult), we think you will be very well served by adding these inexpensive attachments.
Growing Capacity: 1 Quart or 2 Quarts
Eat More Sprouts + Grow More Often - Easily!
Jars can be used to Sprout or Pre-Sprout just about any seed.
These seeds are a Perfect match for the Jar:
Mung Beans - Jars should be used only to grow small (1/8-1/4 inch) Mung Sprouts - which they do quite nicely! The 3 big issues with growing big thick Mungs in Jars are the inability to keep them dark while growing, the inability to apply weight to the growing sprouts and the almost impossible task of removing the sprouts when they're done. Don't even try big thick Mungs. You may very well succeed, but if you do you will have to break the Jar to remove the glorious sprouts.
Grains - All
Nuts and Seeds - Almonds, Pumpkins, Peanuts, Sunflower, etc.
Specific Sprouting Instructions are found on
the page devoted to the Seed or Mix you are interested in.
Below are the specifics of Jar Sprouting.
Lids come in different mesh sizes. You should always use the widest mesh you can. Wider mesh allows the water to flow in and out more easily and improves air-flow as well. In some cases (when growing Leafy or Brassicas Sprouts) you change the screen lids (from fine to medium and then to coarse) as your sprouts grow. The widest mesh screen allows some hulls to pour out along with water during your last few Rinses. This makes de-hulling easier.
You can grow all the way with a narrow mesh screen - though your hulls won't pour off and air won't move quite as well, they still work great. But......
Sproutpeople has improved on the old Sprouting Screens!
14 years into our sprout adventure we began producing our own set of 3 Stainless Steel Screen Lids. They are made from T304 standard grade Stainless Steel. They come in 3 mesh sizes: Fine, Medium and Coarse. And perhaps best of all, our Fine mesh lid is finer than any lid ever offered (in this galaxy), so even the smallest seeds won't escape (except Teff, but that is almost microscopic).
The Plastic Rings are durable and bright white. We have these made just for Sproutpeople. Plastic Rings are the solution to rust. The Metal Rings (which we currently only sell individually, sans screen) rust over time and can cause the outer portion of your screens to rust too. How long it takes is dependent on how much you sprout, what your water is like (iron content especially) and how you care for them. You can discourage rust by coating your rings with a light coating of vegetable oil (let it dry before you use them to sprout) or some food-grade silicon spray if you like. Rust has never bothered us (we've used rust stained rings and screens for many years), but we do sell replacement bands anyway - both in Metal and Plastic.
Not all seeds require this step. See the seed information page to see if you need to do this for the seed you are sprouting.
Fill the Jar with water. Twirl and twirl and twirl the water around in the Jar. Pour water out and repeat the fill and twirl and pour until the water runs clear. Skip this step if you don't have a screen with mesh smaller than your seeds.
Fill with cool (60 - 70°) water unless instructed otherwise by your seed supplier (us we hope =;-) and leave to soak for 8 - 12 hours or for the time noted for the specific seed/mix you are sprouting.
Fill Jar with cool (60 - 70°) water (unless instructed otherwise by your seed supplier). Twirl and twirl the Jar. Pour water off and repeat once or twice more. As a rule we do it 2-3 times every time we Rinse. We Rinse 2-3 times daily.
This is the hardest part of Jar sprouting. It is also the best reason to have screw on Screen Lids. When you are done Rinsing you need to get as much of the water out of the Jar as possible. With a Jar all you can really do is use gravity, so turn it Screen down and shake it up and down over and over and over again until no more water comes out through the Screen. When you are growing big seeds it is easy enough to get most of the water out, but when they are small seeds, there will always be some water left, so shake more than you think is necessary. It can't hurt!
We always put our Jars face down - at an angle - between Rinsing and Draining. We will use our dish rack in the rare event that it isn't full of dishes, or more often, we use high rimmed bowls which the Jar will rest on and which will capture the excess water that inevitably drains out, even after our thorough Draining. You can get away with leaving the Jar upright if you are growing big seeds (see Perfect, above), but when you grow small seeds (those listed above as Good Matches) they end up sitting in water (that water which we can't believe is even there, because we drained so thoroughly after Rinsing). Actually it is only the very bottom seeds/sprouts that are sitting in water, but they don't much like it and they can spoil your whole crop. So, set the Jar - at an angle - face down between Rinsing and Draining! It can also improve air-circulation (not if you use a bowl as pictured, but certainly if you use the dish drainer or something open like that).
We always suggest a low-light, 70° location for your sprouter, until it is time for Greening (if you are growing sprouts that green (anything that grows a leaf - like Leafy or Brassica sprouts, Grass or Greens and Micro-Greens). At that point we often say: Move your sprouter to a brighter location (or words to that affect), and though we always say to avoid direct sunlight, we will tell you strongly: Never put a Jar in direct sunlight - unless you wish to cook your sprouts! The lack of air-circulation built into Jars makes them the most vulnerable to heat build-up, so if you are Greening sprouts in a jar, don't move them to a too bright or well-lit location, but rather, concentrate on that other thing we say: You'll be amazed at how little light it takes to turn your sprouts green!
If you have a particular seed type in mind,
read on to discover further details of Jar Sprouting that seed type.
Refer to the seed's main information page for detailed instructions.
You can't grow big thick Mungs in a Jar unless you want to break the Jar when they're done - that's the only way you'll get the sprouts out. SO, grow the sweet and tiny Mungs when using a Jar!
Maximum dry seed per Quart = 1 cup.
Broccoli, Radish, Cabbage, Mustard, etc. need to move while sprouting or they will form a root mass (beginning around day 3) which is at least unpleasant and often lessens the sprouts' quality. Solution: Break Up/Loosen the mass. Fill the Jar with water, take a fork and use it to loosen the sprout mass. If the Jar is too full, transfer them to a bigger container for the loosening. Keep breaking up the mass at every rinse or 2 after that too.
Maximum dry seed per Quart = 4 Tablespoons.
One issue folks have with these sprouts is that they expect them to be green. There are almost always - regardless of the sprouting method - some sprouts which will not turn green. Those that grow in the center of the crop will remain yellow. Our advice is: Live with it! Most will green if you don't over-crowd the sprouter (use 2 Tbs. or less of seed) - and those that don't are still plenty delicious, nutritious and they add beauty (yellow goes well with green and white!) too. Leafy sprouts will do better shed their hulls more readily if they are allowed to move freely, so break up the mass on day 4 and 5 and maybe 6. Fill the Jar with water and kinda pull the mass apart with a fork type implement. It isn't a critical issue with the Leafy Sprouts, but it doesn't hurt.
Maximum dry seed per Quart = 2.5 Tablespoons.
Garlic, Leek and Onion require no extra work - though they do take more time. Be sure to drain the Jar well after each rinse so that the seeds/sprouts aren't sitting in water (not only will those that sit in water sprout poorly - they'll smell REALLY bad!) and remember - these all take up to 2 weeks to finish sprouting so keep rinsing and draining!
Maximum dry seed per Quart = 5 Tablespoons.
Maximum dry seed per Quart = 2 cups.
Put Screen inside Ring.
Screw Lid on Jar.
That's about it, but let me go on.......
The Stainless Steel Screen we now sell individually (pictured here), is Medium Mesh and comes with a plastic ring which is made for Wide-Mouth Canning Jars - like those we sell. It is a perfect fit and very durable. If you are in need of additional Rings to hold your Screens on - get some here - you can get Plastic and/or Metal Rings.
Though sprouting with Jars and Stainless Steel Screens requires more attention to detail (especially Draining), it is a fine method and certainly the least expensive. Because our Screens are Stainless Steel (as opposed to Plastic which have disappeared as an option due to the disappearance of the company that produced them) water passes through them better - both going into and out of the Jar. If you are committed to Jar sprouting you should definitely have at least one Stainless Steel Screen in your collection.
We have improved big-time on the old Sprouting Lids!
We are now producing our own sets of 3 Stainless Steel Screen Lids. Our Screens are made from T304 standard grade Stainless Steel. Our Screens are less likely to rust if you use our Plastic Rings. The Metal Rings (which we currently only offer as individual Rings, sans screen) are much less expensive, and rust doesn't bother us (we've used rust stained screens and rings for years), but you can decide for yourself which you prefer. The Screens come in 3 mesh sizes: Fine, Medium and Coarse. And perhaps best of all, our Fine mesh lid is finer than any lid we have ever had, so even the smallest seeds won't escape (except Teff, but that is almost microscopic).
To see how to use the different mesh sizes come back up here.
Cleaning: Scrub well between crops with soap and water. Rinse well!
Sterilize: Scrub and soak in bleach water. We do this every 3 - 4 crops because a clean sprouter produces better sprouts and a sterile sprouter is a great place to begin a crop. You can use food grade hydrogen peroxide - it is better for you and the environment than bleach.
1 Quart Jar
Yields 8-32 ounces of sprouts.
Half Gallon Jar
Yields 1-4 pounds of sprouts.
SproutPeople Stainless 3 Screen Set - Plastic Rings
The Plastic Rings are very expensive for us to make, which is why they cost more.
Plastic Rings with Stainless Steel Screens
SproutPeople Stainless 3 Screen Set- Metal Rings
Metal Rings with Stainless Steel Screens
We no longer offer the Metal Ring Set. The Plastic Set (just above) is better anyway.
Stainless Steel Screen Lid
|Replacement Plastic Rings
For use with any of our Stainless Steel Screens.
These will never rust. They are plastic.
|Replacement Metal Rings
For use with any of our Stainless Steel Screens.
These will rust in time.
We don't mind the rust, but you might, so here .......
|Solid Plastic Lid
A solid white plastic wide-mouth lid. Use it for storage if you are refrigerating your sprouts in a jar (wide-mouth of course).
Display box not included =;-)
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