HOMEMADE SPROUT BAG

A SPROUTER FOR ALL SPROUTS

A homemade sprout bag takes time and sewing skills, but it is a sprouter that is quite versatile once it is made. The only down side to the sprout bag is that it will be coloured by the natural dye in the seeds.

HOW TO SEW THE SPROUT BAG

To sew your own sprout bag, you need:

20 x 50 cm organic linen or hemp cloth
50 cm long undyed hemp string
Strong cotton string for your sewing mashine

STEP 1

Cut the cloth in a strip of 20 x 50 cm. Fold it on the middle, so the cloth is now 20 x 25 cm.

STEP 2

Sew the cloth together on both long sides, but leave the top of the bag open.

STEP 3

Fold down 2 cm of the cloth at the top. Sew the edge all around, so a string can run in the top.

STEP 4

Turn the bag inside out and cut a small hole near the edge for the string.

STEP 5

Run the string inside the hollow edge. Attach the string to a safety pin if needed.

STEP 6

Tie the edges of the string in a knot and boil the bag in clean water. It is now ready.

HOW TO USE THE SPROUT BAG

 1

Measure out organic seeds or legumes of your own choice. Seeds 1 tbs with top. Legumes 3 tbs with top for one bag.

2

Let the legumes or seeds soak in a clean glass with fresh, cool water for 8-12 hours. They will absorb much fluid, so fill the glass with water.

3

Pour away the soaking water and gently pour the moist sprouting seeds or legumes into the moist, cool bag.

4

Let water pour into the bag to rinse the seeds or legumes. It is good that the bag is soaked as the sprouts need to be constantly moist but not directly wet.

5

Hang or put the bag in a place where left over water can drip away but where there is no hot sun.

6

Rinse morning and night following point 4 and 5.

7

When the seeds have coloured leaves or the legumes have 1 cm white root, the sprouts are ready. Rinse and eat.

COLOURLESS LEAVES IN THE BAG

A homemade sprout bag is made from tightly wowen fibres to keep the sprouts moist. That is important as the sprouts will wither it they dry out, but the tight fabric will prevent the light from entering the bag. The lack of light will keep sprouts with leaves from developing chlorophyll in their leaves.

A solution if you wish your sprouts to turn green, violet or purple – as in their nature – you simply need to place the leafy sprouts in a glass bowl the last day before you eat them. The light will soon allow them to get colourful.

SEEDS & LEGUMES FOR SPROUTING

These 4 varieties are very easy to cultivate in a homemade sprout bag.

SUNFLOWER

Sprouts Sunflower FRESH SPROUTS

PEA

Sprouts Pea FRESH SPROUTS

RADISH

Sprouts Rose radish FRESH SPROUTS

CLOVER

White clover sprouts by FRESH SPROUTS