I love to grow things at home- it’s really nice to have fresh food (almost) on-demand. It’s not even farm-to-table, it’s kitchen counter to table! In particular, I like to grow alfalfa sprouts. They are crisp and refreshing. The seeds can be purchased in bulk on-line. I have also previously written a post about sprouting mung beans. I purchased a sprouter from Williams and Sonoma for $10 (it is no longer available, but a similar one can be purchased on Amazon). Instructions for growing alfalfa sprouts are below:
Growing Alfalfa Sprouts
- Put 1 tablespoon (1 teaspoon also works fine) of alfalfa sprouts in each tier of the sprouter.
Stack the tiers on top of the water collection tray.
- Pour enough water into the top tier to fill it three-quarters of the way.
- Keep the sprouter on the kitchen counter of the sunlight.
- Every 12 hours, empty the water out of the water collection tray and repeat Step 3.
When the alfalfa sprouts have grown to your liking, either simply start eating immediately or store the sprouts in the refrigerator. To store the sprouts, first empty the water out of the collection tray, then replace the collection tray and put the lid on the top tier. Then put the sprouter in the refrigerator to store for later use.