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How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts - a sandwich filled with sprouts and mixed vegetables.
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How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts at Home

Wondering how to grow alfalfa sprouts? It's really easy, and I'll show you how in this quick tutorial - all you need are alfalfa seeds, a jar and some cheesecloth.
Prep Time5 mins
Sprouting time4 d
Total Time4 d 5 mins
Course: Salad, Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, healthy, vegan, vegetarian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Salt, Vegan
Servings: 1 jar full


  • Small bowl
  • Fine meshed sieve
  • 1 large mason jar
  • Piece of cheesecloth or clean piece of old tights/pantyhose


  • 2 tablespoon alfalfa seeds
  • sea salt


  • Place seeds in a small bowl. Cover in twice their volume of water and add a pinch of sea salt to help encourage sprouting. Leave seeds to soak on a countertop overnight (or for 6+ hours).
  • In the morning, drain and rinse seeds through a fine meshed sieve.
  • Place seeds in a mason jar. Cover the jar's mouth with a piece of cheesecloth and secure with an elastic band.
  • Leave jar on its side on countertop to allow seeds to spread out and sprout.
  • In evening, pour about ½ cup fresh water into the jar (you don't need to remove the cheesecloth for this - I usually just pour the water straight through it).
  • Swill water around in jar and then tilt it to drain water out again immediately. Leave jar on its side on countertop to sprout.
  • Repeat this 'pouring & swilling' process each morning and evening for about 4 days, until sprouts are roughly 3-5cm in length with green tips.
  • Remove sprouts from jar, rinse thoroughly to remove husks and store refrigerated in a sealed container until needed.
  • That's it! Use in sandwiches, salads and smoothies. (Sprouts will keep for about 3-4 days if refrigerated.)