Make your own sprouter: a great project for kids

Spring is around the corner and soon we’ll have some fresh veggies. While you wait, why not grow your own right on your kitchen counter? (What could be more local than that?) Sprouting seeds is a quick (and cheap) way to add some fresh food to your diet.

Here’s how to make an easy seed sprouter out of recycled materials.

What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar with matching ring (and lid, for tracing)
  • plastic lid from a food container (like a large yogurt container)
  • hole puncher that creates small holes
  1. Trace the jar lid onto the plastic lid. Cut out the circle that you made.
  2. Use the hole puncher to make holes all over the plastic circle. Punch carefully so that you don’t overlap the holes.
  3. Fit the plastic lid into the metal ring.
  4. Twist it on your jar and voila! You have now made a homemade seed sprouter.

Add your seeds of choice to the bottom of the jar and allow to soak, covered in water, for about 8 hours. After that, you’ll need to rinse and drain your seeds twice a day. (Use that handy lid that you made to drain out the water completely.)

A couple of weeks ago, I helped my class to make sprouters. Each student made one, and we sprouted  mung beans, which I just picked up in the bulk aisle. When I tried it at home, it took 3 tablespoons of seeds and about 5 days to grow enough sprouts to fill the jar.  At school, we soaked our seeds on Monday and had enough to eat for lunch on Friday. The room was a little cooler, so the sprouts were not as plump as when I grow them at home, but they were definitely edible.

  • For information on different seeds that can be sprouted, try here.
  • What can you do with your sprouts? How about egg rolls or homegrown fried rice?

Many thanks to D. who helped my class stir fry up our sprouts for lunch!