Alfalfa Sprouts Recipes
Cody Said:What are some stores that sell alfalfa sprouts?
We Answered:Most grocery stores sell them in the produce section. Hope this Helps.
Leslie Said:How long can alfalfa sprouts stay good for after you buy them?
We Answered:They turn sour in less than a week. They last for 3-4 days. Rinse and drain well after getting them at the store. Pat them dry gently with a paper towel.
Wrap gently in a clean paper towel. Don't use plastic bags because the sprouts start to ferment. Store in the vegetable bin of the fridge.
Lori Said:If I let alfalfa sprouts, and other sprouts grow, will they turn into regular plants?
We Answered:Yes, and don't sprout them before you plant them. They'll sprout on their own and poke their little green noses out of the dirt.
Roger Said:Why is alfalfa sprouts not a staple in the diet>?
We Answered:It tastes good, but it doesn't have the nutritional value that some other vegetables have.
Brian Said:Is it possible to grow alfalfa sprouts using store-bought alfalfa sprouts?
We Answered:First of all, sprouting your own seeds for eating - whether mung, alfalfa, etc - is extremely easy. It's even a popular preschool lesson - and if preschoolers can do it, I'm sure you can :)
Now, you can't sprout alfalfa seeds from seeds which are already sprouted like the ones you have purchased from the store. What you have purchased is the final, end product ready for consumption. It's kind of like you can't grow a carrot from a carrot you bought at the store :)
I sprout my own seeds ALL the time. Why anyone would pay $3-4 dollars is beyond me. Although there are many methods and fancy contraptions you can buy no - what I do is the following (and it's system used by many an old hippie):
Clean glass jar (recycling your old pasta sauce jar is a good option)
Alfalfa seeds or other seed of your choice
Cheese cloth, fine mesh nylon (old clean pantyhose works too although I'm not a fan...ick...)
1) Soak the seeds overnight. When it comes to how many seeds to use â€“ use a few and adjust next time. Itâ€™s like rice or pasta â€“ what looks like a little, after itâ€™s done, is a lot. Fill the jar with room temperature water and just let the jar sit covered with the cheese cloth.
2) Pour out the water and let the seeds sit. You want the seeds to be moist, not wet and not clumped to the bottom of the jar. Roll the jar around and let the seeds cling to the surface. Place in a warm, dark environment â€“ like a kitchen cabinet.
3) Rinse the seeds at least each 24 hours in cool water. Uncover, run water into the jar, swirl seeds, cover jar with cloth, drain and repeat step 2. This rids the seeds of organisms and toxins that accumulate in the warm, moist conditions.
4) When the sprouts are big enough â€“ usually by day 5 or 6 depending on weather â€“ take them out of the jar, spread them on cheese cloth and let the sun shine on them for a few minutes. 15 or so. This activates the enzyme and gives it the little leaves green.
5) Munch away.
Once you get the hang of it, itâ€™s easy as pie and youâ€™ll be making batches like crazy :)
I've attached three links - one on how to sprout and the different options/methods and the other two are resources for purchasing sprouting seeds. I get mine from the local health food store - they sell them in bulk which is awesome but I'm not sure if you have access to a health food store.
Hope this helps! Enjoy!
Jaime Said:What are different ways to grow alfalfa sprouts?
We Answered:I grow mine in quart jars. Pour some seed in, cover with water. When I first start them, I'll let them sit in water for an hour.
Then, a couple times a day, rinse them with water. Stretching netting (I use old stocking) over the top and keeping it on with a rubber band, or mason jar ring works. Then just pour water through the top, and then turn over and let drain.
Set in a sunny window in between rinsings. You'll have sprouts in about 5 days.
Janice Said:When are alfalfa sprouts and mung bean sprouts good to eat?
We Answered:Add them to any sandwich and/or salad, dear.