I love sprouts so much! I love observing these tiny plants as they're growing and I love eating them. Especially now in winter that we tend to forget to eat raw foods, these delicate refreshing delights can make my day.
Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C, K and B vitamins too. They also contain important amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
And guess what, it can be very easy and cheap to sprout. Wanna try it?
Add 1 tbsp of alfalfa seeds in a mason jar. Pour some water until seeds are totally covered. Now cover the jar with a towel (you don't want to drown any flies or mosquitoes in there,right?). Now, let them soak overnight or at least 12 hours.
Draining time! Cover the mouth of the jar with a clean piece of fabric. You can use cheescloth, pantyhose, gauze or any other thick weave fabric (I have tried tulle but the seeds were coming through). Secure with a rubber band and make sure it's very tight. I know this sounds silly but you really want to do this properly (I had a couple of accidents). Now, turn the jar upside down over the sink.
Rinse and drain the seeds about three times. You need to keep them clean, right?
Put the jar on its side like in the picture. You need to keep it away from direct sunlight. All you have to do for the next 3-4 days is repeating step 3 every about 12 hours. If the weather is hot, you need to do it one or even two more times during the day to avoid toxin and organism growing in the jar.
After 3-4 days (if the weather is cold it may take a little longer) and if your sprouts look like those in the picture, get them out of the jar and take them to the sunshine for a little while.
Now they're ready to be eaten! Put some in your salad, sandwich, over your pudla or scrambled tofu and even on top of your soup. Little Nereus loves eating them plain!
You can store them in the fridge covered for about a week.