From here on down, all of our Jar and Lid pages are identical. We like to make our information easy to find @:-)
We have Wide-Mouth Mason Jars: 1 Quart and 1/2 Gallon (2 Quarts)
For the dedicated Jar Sproutperson, our 3-Screen Sprouting Lid Set is perfect. It completes a Jar. Or three
Sprouting Screens come in different mesh sizes. You should always use the widest (most coarse) mesh you can. Wider mesh allows the water to flow in and out more easily and improves air-circulation as well. In some cases (when growing Leafy or Brassicas sprouts) you change the screen lids (from fine to medium and then to coarse) as your sprouts grow. The widest mesh screen allows some hulls to pour out along with water during your last few Rinse and Drain cycles. This makes de-hulling easier.
You can grow all the way with a narrow mesh screen - though your hulls won't pour off and air won't move quite as well, they still work great. But......
Sproutpeople has improved on the old Sprouting Screens!
14 years into our sprout adventure we began producing our own Set of 3 Stainless Steel Screen Lids. They are made from T304 standard grade Stainless Steel. They come in 3 mesh sizes: Fine, Medium and Coarse. And perhaps best of all, our Fine mesh lid is finer than any lid ever offered (in this galaxy anyway), so even the smallest seeds won't escape (except Teff, but that is almost microscopic).
The Screens are held on your Jar with heavy duty Plastic Rings.
Our bright white Plastic Rings are very durable. We have these made just for Sproutpeople. They are expensive, but worth it. Plastic Rings are the ultimate solution to rust.
Metal Rings rust over time and can cause the outer portion of your screens to rust too. You can discourage rust by coating Metal Rings with a light coating of vegetable oil or some food-grade silicon spray if you like, but rust is inevitable. Due to that - and supply issues, we only sell Metal Rings individually.
Our 3-Screen Sprouting Lid Set comes with Plastic Rings. It is, if we do say so ourselves; the ultimate solution for Jar sprouting.
We also offer an Individual Sprouting Screen (with the same Plastic Ring). That screen is our Medium Mesh.
Lastly, if you want to store crops in Jars, we offer a Solid Plastic Cap, which of course, fits Wide-Mouth Mason Jars.
Though you can make your own "screen" lid - with cheesecloth, hardware cloth, a nylon stocking and a rubber band or string, we strongly advise that you use actual screw on Screen Lids. They make the Jar as good as it can be, and because Jars require extra work (Compared to other Sprouters, they have relatively poor air-circulation and draining is generally more difficult), we think you will be very well served by adding these fairly inexpensive attachments. But, we do love the pioneering spirit, so go for it. We made our own, once upon a time; we used nylon stockings and rubber bands, during our first 2 weeks as Sproutpeople - in May of 1993. We found the stockings made draining very difficult, but then again, we were growing 50 jars at a time. You may find a homemade screen works just fine for you. It Never hurts to try.
Growing Capacity: 1 Quart or 2 Quarts
Per Quart you can grow: Up to 1 pound of Leafy Sprouts or 2 pounds of Bean or Grain Sprouts.
For Sprouting Instructions, click the name of the Seed or Mix you want to grow.
FOR USE WITH THESE SEEDS/CROPS
Seeds to Sprout In a Jar
Jars can be used to Sprout or Pre-Sprout just about any seed. The seeds that don't belong in a Jar, are those that are mucilaginous.
These seeds are a Perfect match for the Jar:
Beans - All (see Mung Note below)
Mung Beans - Jars should be used only to grow small (1/8-1/4 inch) Mung Sprouts - which they do quite nicely! The 3 big issues with growing big thick Mungs in Jars are the inability to keep them dark while growing, the inability to apply weight to the growing sprouts and the almost impossible task of removing the sprouts when they're done. Don't even try big thick Mungs. You may very well succeed, but if you do you will have to break the Jar to remove the glorious sprouts.
Grains - All
Nuts and Seeds - Almonds and Peanuts - The big ones.
A Good Match for the Jar: These seeds can all sprout wonderfully in a Jar if you pay extra attention to the details of sprouting.
Leafy Sprouts - Alfalfa, Clover and Mixes - All
Brassicas - Broccoli, Radish, Cabbage, Kale, Tatsoi.
Exotics - Garlic, Onion, Fenugreek, Hot + Sweet, Clem's Choice, etc.
Seeds and Pseudograins - Buckwheat Groats, Quinoa, Amaranth, Sesame, Pumpkins, Sunflower - the smaller and tender ones. Pre-Sprout
Jars with Screen Lids are a great Pre-Sprouter for these items, but can not grow these crops to completion: Grass, Greens and Non-Mucilaginous Micro-Greens
Almost a necessity for Sunflower Greens, because they float when soaking.