In the dead of winter, that craving for fresh greens kicks in stronger than usual. The veggies from the market just aren't cutting it anymore. The dead of winter is sprouting time. We've experimented with different seed sprouting contraptions. We tried cheesecloth as a lid, but it was too loose. We stabbed holes in a dome lid, but that didn't work well at all--the holes were jagged and prevented water from escaping. Third time's the charm, right? This is a lid made from some window screen we had lying around, cut with tin snips and held in place by the screw top. It works exactly like the green plastic kind you can buy. I'm a bit of a minimalist when it comes to kitchen appliances--as much as I love to cook, I hate cleaning and storing the myriad accessories that we're supposed to think are necessary. For me, a specialized sprouting lid is not something I want to have shuffling around in my drawer come July. So there you have it, a 30-second seed sprouter.