Sprouting… it's definitely a thing here at Traditional Cooking School.
Sprouting is one of the ways that we make seeds (whether grains, beans, nuts, or seeds) more nutritious and digestible. It's also an amazing process for kids to get involved in. And makes pretty yummy foods, too!
To sprout… a sprout screen is helpful. (It goes on the top of your jar and helps you rinse and drain the sprouts easily and quickly.)
A sprout screen will run you about $7 and some change. (The ones we recommend are here on Amazon.)
Let's say you wanted to have 4 jars of sprouts going at the same time. You're looking at needing $28 for the screens.
No, it's not a ton of money. And granted, it's an investment that will last you a long time.
But maybe $28 is your entire discretionary amount for the month.
Or maybe instead of buying factory farm chickens, that $28 could get you a pastured chicken instead.
$28 is still $28.
And to Morgen, Traditional Cooking School member, $28 was more than she wanted to spend.
So she came up with DIY sprouting lids that cost her 5 cents each!
When she posted about her crafty solution in our private members-only Facebook group, I immediately asked her if we could share the tutorial on our blog. She said yes! Thank you, Morgen.
Before we dive into the tutorial, let's hear about the DIY sprouting lids right from Morgen. She wrote:
So, I wanted to do some sprouting to make my kitchen processes more efficient and so I wouldn't have to do so much overnight soaking. Well, I couldn't afford the sprouting screens and the sprouting lids, so I gave myself a few days to figure out a way to get it done. This is what I came up with, and I got myself $.05 sprouting lids. The way I see it, there are enough things that you have to pay the money for but there are also many others that can be made at home so much more affordably. Sure beats spending $7.72 apiece!
We agree! It's a great savings and definitely worth doing! Thanks for letting us share your tutorial, Morgen.
And now… Here's how to make your own DIY sprouting lids for just 5 cents each!
Step 1 — Buy Canvas
Morgen says she purchased a 3-pack of plastic canvas in the craft section at Walmart for $1.99.
Step 2 — Find Jars & Lids
Find a canning lid the size that fits the jars you want to use for sprouting. You can use wide-mouth or regular-mouth jars and lids. We recommend wide-mouth for ease of getting sprouts in and out of your jars.
Step 3 — Trace
Place the jar lid (not the ring) onto the plastic canvas and trace around it with a dry erase marker (so it will easily wash off). Fit as many as you can or need on the plastic canvas piece(s).
Step 4 — Cut
Cut around the circles you traced.
Step 5 — Sprout!
Place the plastic canvas circles inside the rings for the jars you are using. You are ready to sprout!
Now, About That Plastic…
Some may chafe at the thought of using plastic as your sprout screen. Here's our reasoning that makes this an ok compromise:
- the food doesn't come into contact with the plastic except when rinsing
- the cost savings could be significant for a family that otherwise would not be sprouting at all
Of course, make your own choice. Purchase the ready-to-go sprout screens if you'd like. It's all good. 🙂
Tutorial: How To Sprout Beans
Here's my tutorial on how to sprout beans. You can use your new sprout lids with half gallon jars. 🙂
What do you think of Morgen's DIY Sprouting Lids? Will you be making some for yourself?
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