Keeping Produce Fresh
Sprout Seeds for Cheap Nutrition
Does anyone grow sprouts? I have just started growing my own alfalfa and mung beans. They will be ready in a couple of days. How do I store them? Will a closed mason jar work, or do they need some sort of ventilation in the fridge?
Store your finished sprouts in a plastic container lined with a paper towel. Keep them in the fridge. They should last four to six days.
Sprouting beans is ridiculously simple and fun! Get a quart Mason jar, but you don't need the lid. Find some clean window screen, trace around the ring, and cut out the screen. This will take the place of the lid. Put about a rounded teaspoon of seeds in the jar, fill with water, and then drain. Put the jar on its side in a dark cupboard. I use one where I won't forget to look in the cupboard every couple of days. Now, you just wait. It doesn't take long before you have a jarful of sprouts, which then go into the fridge. My family likes the taste of the homegrown sprouts so much better than the grocery store ones. I usually have two jars going at the same time (starting the second jar about four days after the first). Radish seeds make nice, peppery sprouts for sandwiches and salads, too.
Nancy in Santee
I grow my sprouts in everything from a Mason jar to a plastic sprouting tray and then store them in either a Mason jar with the lid on or a plastic bag (closed). The trick to having them last a long time is to rinse them daily and then be sure they are drained well. Water standing in the container will cause them to ruin much sooner. Of course, keep them refrigerated.
I grow sprouts from a tray, and after the last watering, I let my sprouts sit in the tray until they are dry. Then I often just place the tray inside a large zipper bag. Don't close the zipper tight to allow some air in the bag, but do put a paper towel on the bottom for excess water. I also have taken those plastic cereal liner bags and put my sprouts into that, too. Again, a paper towel will help absorb excess moisture. If the sprouts are wet, they will get slimy and spoil much quicker.
Rachel in Roanoke, VA
Before eating the sprouts, rinse them to remove the seed hulls. Use a colander with large enough holes to wash away the hulls but not the sprouts (the inner part of a salad spinner works well for most sprouts).
Using a salad spinner, spin the sprouts until they are thoroughly dry (it's important not to store them wet or they will rot). Then bag and refrigerate them. If you don't have a salad spinner, blot the sprouts gently with paper towels or a clean dishtowel before storing. Eat them within a few days for the best flavor.
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