Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Sprouts

In honor of the sunshine that gave us an entire day of Spring, I am going to do an experiment that involves a jar, water, and seeds.  Hopefully if all goes well and I follow directions my " Sprouts In a Jar" experiment will not succumb to a casualty like so many other experiments I have done.  The idea is  growing your own fresh sprouts that you can use in sandwiches, salads, or anywhere you use vegetables. This would be fun to do with your  kids at home or try in a science class with your students and watch a healthy snack grow before your eyes!

 Spouts In a Jar

1. Soak:  Place the seeds in the jar and secure a screen ( tulle works well) over the mouth of the jar with an elastic band. Rinse the seeds by filling the jar with water, swirling the seeds and draining.  After rinsing fill the jar with water and let seeds soak for four to six hours. Drain the seeds by placing the jar upside down in a bowl.

2. Rinse:  Rinse the seeds twice a day by filling the jar part way with water, swirling, and draining well.

3.  Watch them grow:  The seeds take 3-5 days to sprout.  Use the sprouts when they are at a size you like.  Make sure the sprouts are fairly dry in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

Materials you need:
  • 1tbsp of small seed or 1/2 cup of big seeds such as peas. 
  • A jar
  • screen (tulle)
  • Elastic Band
Hope you enjoy this experiment and let me know how some of your sprouts are doing.

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