The premise behind the sprout bag is very simple. To start soak your sprouting seeds overnight and pour the soaked seeds into your pre-moistened sprout bag. Use the draw string to close the sprout bag, and then give your sprouts a quick rinse. Hang sprout bags to dry on a hook or knob; you can even put it on a dish rack.
Continue to rinse your sprout bags twice a day with cold water, no more than 12 hours apart. The roots from the sprouting seeds should start to come through. If you cannot be home to rinse, put them in the fridge until you can or bring them with you. While rinsing, grab the ends of the sprout bag and shake the sprouts to give them more room to grow and prevent sprouts from clumping.
Once your sprouts are ready to eat, store them in the fridge and give them a rinse once every 2nd or 3rd day. They will last anywhere from 1 – 2 weeks.
Sprout bags are made from a wide variety of materials, but it is recommended that you use sprout bags made from organic hemp or organic crude linen which is actually from the flax plant. These materials are resistant to tearing and drain perfectly.
Cotton although natural is a highly sprayed plant and shrinks when it is wet. This can lead to mold and other problems as the sprouts will not get enough air circulation and have limited water drainage.
The benefits of using a sprout bag include the maximum exposure to oxygen your sprouts get, its lightweight nature and how easy it is to use.
Using a jar limits the amount of oxygen that can go to the sprouting seeds, using a sprout bag will allow maximum oxygen exposure and perfect drainage. Fungus and growth problems occur because there is too little air and too much moisture.
As mentioned, sprout bags are also lightweight and easy for you to carry wherever you go. Trays can take up a lot of space in your kitchen and you could never take that with you on a trip. Glass jars can break easily and are not ideal for travelling.
Sprout Bag Tips: Fill your sprout bag to 1/3 capacity with dry seed to leave room for your sprout seeds to grow. A 7 x 12 inch sprout bag will sprout 1 – 2 ½ cups of dry grains or beans.