Red Clover 1711
A very easy sprout with mild, sweet flavor and delicate crunch.
Soaking Time: 8 hours
Sprouting time: 4-5 days
Recommended methods: Jar-Lid or Sprouting Tray
Yield: 1 Tbsp = 3-4 cups
This is the simplest and cheapest method for sprouting. Any standard
wide-mouth jar can be used together with a sprouting screen, sprout jar lid
or a small piece of tulle and a rubber band. To follow the basic method
below, first check the back of your sprout package or our listings
below for variety-specific directions:
- Place 1-2 Tbsp of sprouting seeds in a clean wide-mouth jar
- Place the sprouting screen and ring, sprout lid, or tulle and rubber band over the top of the jar
- Fill the jar with water and then pour off to rinse seed
- Fill jar with water and let soak for 4-12 hours, depending on the type of sprouts
- Drain water, then rinse with water twice each day for 5 days until sprouts are finished
- Store sprout jar in a bowl, tilted at an angle so any excess
water drains out through the screen. Sprouts should be moist, not
sitting in water
- Once sprouts have grown to be an inch or so long and have formed
very small leaves called cotyledons, the sprouts are ready for greening.
Just place the jar in bright indirect light and they will turn green
over the course of a day.
- Enjoy your fresh sprouts on sandwiches, salads and more!
- Store sprouts in the refrigerator for up to a week. If not stored
in an airtight container, rinse sprouts with water each day to keep
Pros of the Jar-Lid Method:
Works very well for most seeds
Cons of the Jar-Lid Method:
Less airflow and drainage than other sprouters
Doesnt work as well for gelatinous seeds (such as arugula, canola,
and mustards), which may clog the screen and prevent water from draining
Sprouting Tray Method:
This is another simple method that allows you to produce several
different types of sprouts at the same time. Sprouting trays, like the SproutMaster
and Bioset Germinator are usually plastic and stackable. They have
multiple chambers with perforated bottoms to allow water to drain
through and are modular, allowing you to grow as many different types of
sprouts at once as you wish. With some models the bottom becomes the
lid for storage. To follow the basic method below, first check the back
of your sprout package or our listings below for variety-specific
- Cover the bottom of the sprouting tray with one single layer of seed.
- Place the tray and seeds in a dish of water and soak for required
time. (Alternatively, once you've measured your seeds in the tray, you
can put the seeds in a bowl, fill the bowl with water, and soak for
required time. Drain well.)
- Twice a day, rinse the seeds. Either rinse under a tap of running
water, or use a spray bottle to mist well. Tip the tray to the side to
- Refrigerate to store once sprouts are ready. Sprouts can be
refrigerated for up to a week in a sealed container. (Sprouts store best
when they are fairly dry- do not store immediately after rinsing.)
Pros of the Sprout Tray Method:
- NOTE: The Bioset Germinator contains a siphon system which
automatically adjusts the water level and humidity in each chamber.
Ideally one should simply fill the top chamber with water twice daily.
However, it is recommended to drain each tray individually to ensure
Excellent for most sprouts
Cons of the Sprout Tray Method:
More expensive than Jar-Lid method
Less space for taller sprouts like mung beans
More difficult to clean than with the Jar-Lid method, use a vegetable brush.