I love sprouts of all kinds, but I don't like dealing with messy cheesecloth held in place over the lid with a rubber band, and I don't like to pay money for fancy lids because I have too much stuff as it is that sits in a drawer and doesn't get used because it doesn't fit the thing it was originally bought for. So the other day I looked at the roll of screen I had bought at the store that I was going to use to cover an A/C vent and was amazed to see it was not metal but more like plastic, it actually says 'fiberglass' on the label. A little tiny light bulb went off in my head and this 'ible is the result.
Step 1: Supplies
- Mason jars and 2-part lids
- Screen - the kind for a porch, window or door
- Grains and seeds for sprouting - obviously
Step 2: Cut Screen to Size
Place your jar upside down on the screen to judge the size you need to cut so that the screen overlaps the top of the jar and underneath the lid once it's in place. Test to make sure you have the right size, and then make as many as you have jars for.
Step 3: Fill With Sproutable Items
You can check out your pantry to experiment on which things in there might or might not sprout. From my own experience I can tell you that chia seeds do not. Sprouting rice is easy and delicious, for a more detailed description of a more involved way to enjoy sprouted rice see this instructable.
Step 4: Rinsing
I have my sprouts on the windowsill above my sink, so it's easy to remember to rinse them twice a day. I think if they were in the closet I would forget. Anyway, they look quite pretty so it's OK to have them sitting there.
Simply run water into the jar to fill it and then turn it upside down to drain out the water, the water that clings to the grains twice a day is enough water to have them sprouting away in a few days. Set the jar right-side-up again.
Step 5: You May Throw These Away
Unless you have another use for this part of the two-part lid you won't need them for your sprouting. Once your seeds or grains have sprouted to the point that you want to be eating them, they can be stored in the fridge with just the the screened lid on.
Step 6: To Be Placed in the Light or Not
Mung beans should be sprouted in the dark to be more tender than if they get sunlight. Sunlight makes them green instead of white. You may like them green and a bit more bitter in taste, it's up to your or what you are going to use them in, stir fry or salad, it's all about experimenting.