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How to Farm in Your Kitchen

written by Head Health Nutter February 17, 2009

Considering the economy, isn’t it nice to know you can grow your own food in the comfort of your home? It’s called sprouting; and don’t worry, it doesn’t require piles of dirt to grow this highly nutritious food… unless, of course, you want.

Intrigued by a sample sprouting workshop given by the Toronto Sprouts at a Women’s Healthy Environments Network event, it seemed super easy and with minimal start-up equipment.

But before investing in workshops and tools, try this SUPER easy, very cost-efficient way to sprout. Thanks to my Mom-in-Law and her tips, I’ve so far successfully grown alfalfa, fenugreek and at this very moment, there are sunflower seeds bursting with young, healthy, crisp, white sprouts – in my kitchen cupboard! The miracle of birth and power of youth are in sprouts – it’s absolutely amazing to see them change with every rinse.

An Easy Way to Sprout for the First-Timer

Ingedients & Equipment

  • A clean, empty glass jar (like Folger’s Instant Coffee comes in)
  • Half a cup of your favourite seeds, nuts or beans
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • Cheesecloth (found in most grocery stores)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic band
  • Cereal bowl


  1. Cut a square piece of cheesecloth big enough to cover the jar top, it will act as the lid.
  2. Combine your favourite nuts, seeds or beans and filtered water in the jar.
  3. Place the cloth over the lip of the jar top and secure it with a tight, elastic band.
  4. Turn the jar upside-down over the sink to drain the water
  5. With the jar still upside-down, gently shake and adjust the beans across the side of the jar so that they are lightly layered rather than bunched together.
  6. Gently lay the cheesecloth covered end in a cereal bowl, which will provide an angle, allowing the water to continue draining.
  7. Place the bowl and jar in cupboard with the door slightly ajar.
  8. Rinse the beans 2-3 times daily for 3 to 7 days.

To give you a better idea of what you’re doing, check out this great 2 minute video to see the process (it’s slightly different because they’re sprouting lentils).

Find out more about sprouting in future Live Lighter posts, about their health benefits and dangers, as well as how different sprouts need different techniques!

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