So a couple of weeks ago I started saving glass jars to try to grow some alfalfa sprouts, thought it would be fun, spent 89 cents to purchase some seeds. Pretty immediate gratification, cheaper than purchasing sprouts at the store, there were a number of benefits. Besides, I’ve never been too good at growing stuff but the instructions seemed easy and I thought I was up for the challenge.
So I had 4 saved jars and cleaned them out with soap and a little bit of bleach. I have a little roll of netting and we used some of our elastics to secure the netting. Things seemed to be going really well. I kept them rinsed every day, kept them out of the light and they stayed upside down so that there wasn’t any chance that they would rot in the water.
The first day there were little shoots, and by day three they looked really good. I understood from the directions that eventually they would loose the husks (is that the right word) and that I could put them in a bowl and agitate them to help the husks loosen and the float up and over the top of the bowl when I was rinsing.
So this morning I thought that we were ready to stop the growth and use some for lunch, put the rest into the fridge for the next couple of days. So I am rinsing, and they smell right to me, they smell like alfalfa sprouts and the first jar seems to be working as far as getting them rinsed.
Then I open the second jar and smelled something funny… and then when I pulled them out of the jar I saw this red stain on some of the sprouts. The smell was a little musty and the red freaked me out.
I’m not one to take too many chances with old food. I shop at the grocery store with a lot of attention to expiration date. I really don’t want to poison myself or my family with weird red mold… so I decided to err on the side of caution and I chucked them.
So, what I’d like to know, if you have some sprout experience… what did I do wrong? I’d like to try again, but would love a little more info, as far as I can tell I followed the instructions and I cleaned the jars really well to make sure that there wasn’t any food material left in them… I’d hate to think I have to buy a jar just for growing sprouts.