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  • A Ball mason jar

(if it’s not Ball it may not be made in America and therefore may contain heavy metals that could leach into your food).

  • A lid with holes such as a sprouting lid (see our site), a piece of screen or

cheesecloth. The goal is to be able to rinse and drain your seeds without losing the seeds down the drain.

  • Some organic seeds of any legume such as lentils, peas or mung beans
  • Fresh filtered or spring water



Use a wide-mouth Ball Mason Jar that is cleaned and sterilized.

Put 1/2 cup of seeds in the jar in the evening and fill the jar with 3 cups of water.

Leave the jar filled with water on your kitchen counter top overnight.

In the morning, you will begin the rinse and drain process.   By using a sprouting lid, or some type of lid with small holes such as a piece of screen or cheesecloth etc…, drain the jar, fill with fresh water, let it sit for one minute and drain again. Let it sit upside down or at an angle in a way that allows extra water to drain and some airflow. Repeat the rinse and drain process in the evening and continue for twice a day (morning and evening) for three days.

On the third day, skip the last rinse so that it dries out a bit. When you are ready to move your sprouts into the fridge, replace the sprouting lid with a solid lid so that the sprouts do not become too dry. These sprouts will last for five days in the fridge.

The three-day process allows the legume to sprout before the stems and leaves develop.  It is at this stage that the sprouted legumes are the easiest to digest and the most nutritious.

Keep the jars in indirect light in the kitchen. Direct sunlight will cause the jar to get too hot inside (like a greenhouse) and mold will develop.

The ideal room temperature is between 65 – 75 degrees with no more than 50% humidity. Gentle air movement is helpful too, but only if necessary. This can be accomplished with a small room fan.

You can eat the whole sprout. 

It’s helpful to date your jars at the beginning so you remember how many days you’ve rinsed and drained etc…