How to Sprout Seeds, Beans and Grains in a Mason Jar

November 30, 2018

How to Sprout Seeds, Beans and Grains in a Mason Jar

Sprouts are the little shoots produced just after germination of grains, legumes, nuts or seeds.  Vegetable sprouts are sometimes referred to as microgreens and many of us recognize the small alfalfa spouts on sandwiches or the bean sprouts used in Asian stir fries.

Are Sprouts Good For you?

Sprouts are more than good for you, they are super good!  Perhaps we should call them a super food?  Sprouts are high in nutrients such as  proteins, minerals, fatty acids and vitamins, like A, B, C and E.  Sprouts are rich in folate, or B-9, which is important for cell growth and red blood cell formation.  They contain iron which is important to the body's ability to transport oxygen throughout the body.  Sprouts can also be easier to digest than their mature counterparts.  

While sprouts are are great way to add a healthy dose of greens to your diet, they are also delicious.  They are easy to make, easy to use and add freshness to salads, smoothies and other dishes.  The flavor of the sprout will depend a lot on the grain, legume or seed that you use.

What can you sprout?

If you can grow it, you can probably sprout it!  However, some seeds and grains are more popular than others and much of that has to do with taste.

Here is a list of some things you might like to try sprouting:

 Grains Legumes Seeds
  • Wheat
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Corn
  • Mung beans
  • Lentils
  • Kidney beans
  • Lima beans
  • Peas
  • Alfalfa
  • Broccoli
  • Chia
  • Sunflower
  • Sesame
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish

  • Make sure the grains you sprout are raw.  If they have been heat treated, roasted, or processed in any way, this will impact their ability to sprout.  Age can also play a role.  Beans or seeds that have been sitting around for years are unlikely to sprout.

    If you don't know which sprouts you like, a great way to get started is to purchase a variety pack of sprouting seeds such as this one:


    Why a Mason Jar?

    Mason jars are a perfect way to sprout because you don't need much to get started.  The mason jar is also a great container to store your spouts once they are done.

    We offer a Sprouting Kit that has all you need to get started if you are new to sprouting or to up your game if it's old hat. 

    The plastic lid allows for easy rinsing and draining without removal.  Also, plastic never rusts.

    The adjustable stand allows you to get the best angle for optimal drainage so that your sprouts are never slimy.

    With the silicone mat you can place your jar anywhere in your kitchen without the worry of where all the water will go.


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    What you will need to start sprouting:

    • Wide mouth mason jar
    • Plastic sprouting lid
    • Jar stand
    • Silicone Mat
    • ¼ c. Seeds, beans or whole grains
    • Water

     Steps for Sprouting in a Mason Jar

    How To Sprout Seeds in a Mason Jar



    • Wide mouth mason jar
    • Plastic sprouting lid
    • Jar Stand
    • Silicone Mat
    • 1/4 c seeds, beans, or whole grains
    • Water


    1. Rinse seeds in cool water and drain. Remove any broken seeds or debris.
    2. Place seeds in jar and fully cover with water.
    3. Soak overnight or until seeds have doubled in size. Larger beans or grains may take longer.
    4. Secure sprouting lid on jar and tip upside down to drain well.
    5. Place jar with lid down in stand on the mat to continue draining.
    6. 2-3 times per day rinse seeds by running cool water through the lid.
    7. Drain water and place jar with lid down on stand and mat to continue draining.
    8. Repeat the steps 6 and 7 for 2-3 days.
    9. Once ready to harvest, rinse a final time and drain thoroughly.
    10. Enjoy!
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