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home grown alfalfa sprouts

How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

Fresh alfalfa sprouts are super easy to grow at home with a mason jar and a sprouting lid. This is the best method to always have fresh healthy sprouts!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword sprouts
Prep Time 5 minutes
5 days
Total Time 5 days 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 8kcal


  • wide mouth quart sized mason jar
  • sprouting lid


  • 1 tablespoon alfalfa sprout seeds or mixture of seeds, organic recommended
  • water amount will vary


  • Add seeds to your mason jar and secure sprouting lid. Fill with room temperature water and allow seeds to soak for 2-4 hours.
  • Drain out water, gently shaking to remove any excess. Roll wet seeds around in jar so that they stick to the walls of the jar in a thin layer. Store jar on it's side out of direct sunlight.
  • 2-3 times per day, fill the jar with room temperature water, swirl, drain, and redistribute the seeds the best you can to spread them out within the jar. Store jar on it's side out of direct sunlight and continue process until sprouts have fully grown.
  • After 5-6 days, sprouts should be fully grown with dark green leaves and white roots. Empty contents of jar into large bowl of water to separate the sprouts from the seed cover. Use your hand to remove the sprouts from the water, shake off any excess water, and allow to air dry on paper towels or clean kitchen towel for about an hour.
  • Store in container in the refrigerator.


Makes approximately 4 cups of sprouts. Serving size based on 1 cup.
Because they take so long to grow, I usually have a second batch started once the first batch is halfway done.


Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.7g | Protein: 1.3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 26mg