Sprout It Out

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“Sprout It Out,” Ensign, Feb. 1977, 65

Sprout It Out

Question: What is the best method of sprouting seeds? Must I use a commercial sprouter?

Answer: Seed sprouting may easily and inexpensively be carried out in a glass canning jar with a nylon screen net over the mouth. Seeds soaked in the jar in water overnight and then drained and washed with water twice a day will quickly sprout. A warm environment will cause the seeds to sprout more quickly. The more frequently the seeds are washed with water, the less problem there is with mold and the more rapidly the sprouts grow. However, washing the seeds twice a day is a good compromise between rapid sprouting and convenience.

We should warn you that corn sprouts do not taste good, and soy bean sprouts should not be eaten raw. John M. Hill, Chairman, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Brigham Young University