Who says you can’t have garden-fresh greens any time of the year? And without the need for a garden bed or soil? You got it! Mason jar sprouting is a fun counter-top gardening project that will add a boost of nutrition to your meals no matter what the season.
Since I am such a big fan of growing sprouts (there is NO easier way to grow your own food!), I teamed up with GardenTrends to create a kit that contains everything you need to grow three different blends of delicious, crunchy, nutrient-packed organic sprouts.
Growing sprouts is a wonderful activity for beginner gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike, as well as those who don’t consider themselves to be gardeners at all. After all, you don’t even need a garden to grow sprouts.
In fact, you don’t need any outdoor space at all (apartment dwellers, rejoice!). All you need is a jar, a handy little sprouter lid, and the right seeds. Follow the instructions that come with the kit and you will be eating your very own homegrown sprouts in just a few days.
I worked with GardenTrends to pick my very favorite organic sprouting seed blends (Organic Crispy Mix and Organic Spicy Mix), and I even created my very own blend called Organic Sweet Mix, which is what I grow and eat at home most often. Since the Organic Sweet Mix blend is a Garden Therapy original, this kit is the only place you can get it.
This limited edition collection is exclusively available through GardenTrends.
How to Grow the Seeds Included in Your Garden Therapy Kit
Safety: Using safe handling practices for growing sprouts in your kitchen is no different than any other food. Following the specific guidelines outlined here will ensure that your family enjoys the highest quality sprouts, safely.
Start off Clean! Sanitation is very important when sprouting seed. Clean your Mason jar and sprouting lid before each use.
Rinse the Seeds: Fill the Mason jar 1/4 of the way with seeds. Add a few inches of water and replace the lid. Swirl seeds for approximately 30-45 seconds, then drain water through the lid.
Overnight Soak: Completely cover with approximately 2-3 inches of warm water. Place the jar on the countertop to soak overnight (8-12 hours). Room temperature works fine for growing sprouts.
Strain and Rinse: Strain the water the next morning and remove the lid. Rinse the seeds thoroughly by adding fresh water and swirling the seeds for several seconds. Replace lid and drain, then set the jar back on the counter, without water this time.
Rinse and Repeat: Rinse and strain the seeds twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, until your sprouts have reached their desired size.
Harvest Time: After 3-7 days, the contents of the jar will sprout and the jar will start to fill up—it’s time to eat them! Add raw sprouts to salads and sandwiches or toss into stir-fries and soups.
Storage: Store mature sprouts in the fridge in a small salad spinner with a basket insert to keep them from sitting in water. Sprouts will slow down growing in the fridge and last longer. Even so, eat your sprouts within 5 to 7 days for the best quality and health benefits.
Tip: Use the chalkboard label and chalk pen to dress up the Mason jar for a pretty countertop display!
The kit comes with the following yummy organic sprouting seed blends. They are all delicious and versatile, so they’ll be making their way onto your plate on a regular basis.
Organic Crispy Mix includes Green Peas, Green Lentils, and Red Lentils
Green Peas: High in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, vitamin A, thiamine and riboflavin. They can be grown in dark or light. When grown completely in the dark, the sprouts have the look and taste of thin yellow asparagus!
Green and Red Lentils: High in potassium, iron, vitamin A, folic acid, fiber, and 26% protein.
Organic Spicy Mix includes Clover and Radish
Clover: Sprouts contain the most significant dietary sources of isoflavons of any sprout variety. Try sprouts when yellow for the sweetest flavor!
Radish: Sprouts taste just like their full-grown versions! They are fast growing with a spicy, hot flavor. Radish sprouts have 29x more vitamin C than milk and 4x the vitamin A. They have 10x the calcium of a potato and more vitamin C than a pineapple.
Organic Sweet Mix includes Alfalfa, Broccoli, and Clover
This seed mix is a Garden Therapy exclusive as I created it myself just for this kit. I eat these sprouts all the time and I just LOVE them.
Alfalfa: Among the most popular of sprout varieties, Alfalfa has a sweeter, fresher taste when yellow.
Broccoli: A popular sprout because of its delicious flavor, Broccoli and other crucifer sprouts are particularly high in sulforaphane, a glucosinolate shown to have a variety of health benefits.
Clover: Sprouts are very similar to alfalfa sprouts and are sweeter when they are yellow. Clover sprouts contain the most significant dietary sources of isoflavons of any sprout variety.