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I’m not sure if I had ever seen a sprouting lid prior to seeing one on a Botanical Interests mung bean packet (see below image). It looks like a wire mesh might be attached to the underside of the Mason jar band.
The mesh sort of looks like what you’d see used for a front porch screen door. So … that’s what I used to make a sprouting lid.
Supplies Needed to Make a Sprouting Lid:
- Front Porch Screen Door Mesh*
- Mason Jar Band (Ring) (wide mouth for better air circulation)
*The screen mesh comes in at least two types: some kind of metal wire or aluminum cloth. I chose to work with the soft aluminum cloth.
How to Make the Sprouting Lid:
- Cut a small square (or circle) a little larger than the jar mouth diameter.
- Clean the mesh cutout with soap and water.
- Place the cutout mesh on top of the jar opening, and screw the band onto the jar.
The mesh is easy to cut with a regular pair of scissors, and the band tightens over the mesh very easily.
You could use some old mesh from a window insert or a door that’s been torn and in need of repair. Or, you can do what I did and purchase a piece at your local hardware store. They sell it on rolls, just like at a fabric store, and you just ask for a linear foot (or whatever size you want). I think I purchased a 1 or 2 linear feet x ??? long for around $3.00. I have a lot left over.
Have you ever sprouted mung beans?
Read the recent post on how to sprout mung beans.