This article will illustrate how to create a nice set of sprouting jars from items found in your local super market chain store.
I find that for me stainless steel makes for an easier screen to work with. The water goes in and out of the jar easier — when compared to plastic.
Also these jars end up being a little cheaper than the standard plastic lids you find in health food stores.
When it came time to make a sprouting jar, I set myself the task of creating them from items I could find easily at the grocery store.
It is now often easy for folks to procure specialty items. However, I figured since many of the larger grocery chains carry standardized stock if I could find the items in one such store then other folks should be able to locate similar items in other stores.
I shop at Raley’s, but I have seen these items at other food stores.
- Mason Jars (wide mouth)
- Cooking Splatter Screen (Farberware)
- Laundry Marker
If I had access to an old metal window screen, I might have used that. But fortunately (or unfortunately) all the window screens in my house were in good repair and on the windows. So I used the splatter screen. This was probably a very good thing because the splatter screen is stainless steel, and my window screens would have been aluminum.
Using the laundry marker I traced the mason jar lid inner circle on the splatter screen. I started on the edge of the splatter screen for the first circle. Then I traced a circle for the center and other opposite side. This allowed me to fill in the remaining area with two more circles on either side for a total of seven circles. This is how it works out for the Farberware Classic Series Splatter Screen.
If you use a different source for the wire (which is perfectly fine) then you will need to adjust how you space the tracings. In the image above you can see that we have seven circles nicely traced on the screen. These can be cut from the screen using the scissors.
In the image above you can see that I left the black tracing line on the screen. By cutting the mesh circle just outside the line it is slightly larger than the original Mason lid insert. In the image below you can see the result of inserting this slightly larger mesh into the Mason Jar lid ring.
Notice how the mesh is pushed up into a slight bulge. This is a result of the mesh being slightly larger than the original lid insert. Through trial and error I found this situation to be ideal. With the wire mesh circle bulging like this it is firmly inserted into the lid ring. This snug fit guarantees that when I am cleaning jars or removing the lid to remove finished sprouts the mesh circles don’t roll around on the counter top.
The image above just illustrates cutting the remaining circles from the splatter screen. I’ve supplied this image for those folks that are just glancing at the pretty pictures then rushing off to make their own jars.
Here are the seven wire mesh circles and the small amount of left over wire screen. All in all there is very little left over screen. However, as you will see in the next image, there are some small slivers of wire created in the process.
These wire slivers created during the cutting process are very sharp. So far I have poked myself at least once each time I made a batch of seven jars. Be sure to clean these slivers up well. You do not want to get them in the carpet. They can make for nasty slivers in the toes.
Here I am using mild soap and water to remove the laundry marker from the mesh. While I do this I massage the mesh back and forth a little to release any wire slivers that might be waiting to drop.
Here I am taking extra special care to check out the edges. I really like the stainless steel mesh for my sprouting jars. I am able to use these same jars for seeds (even small ones) and for large beans. But, for this convenience I must pay the price of being diligent in removal of splinters. I also like the cost savings.
Seven Mason jars and seven mesh circles. This will make a nice bunch of sprouting jars. Enough for a good sized family.
Just a reminder of were the wire mesh circles came from.
And here we have our finished jars ready for use.