Grow Your Own Alfalfa Sprouts: Cheesecloth Alternatives?

We've talked quite a bit this month about growing things. And if you're like us — a city dweller with no patch of dirt — hatching alfalfa sprouts is easy and gratifying. That is, unless you can't find cheese cloth for the top of the jar, like one reader who emailed us.

We give some alternatives, plus full instructions on growing sprouts, below...

We've read instructions that suggest clean panty hose. If you have a pair with a run in them, reuse them! They would work well on an alfalfa jar (or to hold decorated Huevos Haminados while they boil).

Essentially, you need a breathable top that allows you to pour out water after rinsing the seeds, without pouring out the seeds. Other than that, the seeds sprout and grow in the jar, not attached to the cheese cloth. So we suspect you could also hold a small, fine mesh strainer on top of the jar while you pour out the water, then just tap the seeds that stick to it back into the jar. Leave the jar open or cover it with a light cloth.

Here are the full instructions:

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Our favorite use for them? A springtime sprouts sandwich.

Any other ideas from alfalfa growers out there?

(Originally posted at The Kitchn)

(All images: Elizabeth Passarella)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.