We all want to get healthier, to age better, to reverse some of the harmful effects of daily life that bombards us from every direction.
Well, although this is not a panacea, it is a great start!
Providing your family with fresh homegrown greens throughout the year, is a great investment in their health and well being and it doesn’t get any easier than with the Two Tray Sprouter we have in the Flower Power Brochure.
Recently, I dug my 2 tray sprouter out from the back corner of the cupboard and I decided to try it. I wanted to see how easy it really was to start my own fresh home grown greens. Also, I thought it would be a wonderful experience for my two little girls to learn how to grow sprouts at home, watch them grow as they care for and nurture them and then eat what they grew. To our utter delight, the seeds started sprouting within a day and the process is just too easy! My favorite type of sprouts are Alfalfa sprouts, which is available in the Flower Power Catalog. They have a mild flavor, but my girls love the Broccoli sprouts, which are also available in the Flower Power Catalog.
Now, lets get down to business, how do you grow sprouts at home in a seed sprouter?
Pre-soaking the seeds.
You don’t have to pre-soak the seeds (we didn’t) , but if you do pre-soak them for a few hours, it helps them to germinate more quickly.
Here’s how you would soak the seeds: measure 1 tablespoon of seeds per tray. Pour the seeds in a glass bowl, cover them with water and let them sit for 3-4 hours. Drain the seeds. Pour them into the seed tray. One of the features I love about our Seed Sprouter is that there are drain holes on the bottom of each tray, which allows them to keep the correct amount of water in the tray at all stages of growth.
Place the Seeds in the tray.
We then put the seed tray on top of the base tray. Then, we took one cup (measured) of water and poured it on to the seeds. It took time to filter through the first time. The water will collect in the water collection tray (the white tray at the bottom). You can discard that water after it has drained to that collection tray. What I love about the seed sprouter is that there are 2 trays which allows me to grow at different timelines. So I can start seeds sprouting in one tray then a few days later start seeds in the next tray so that we have a continuous supply of those beautiful greens.
Watering the seeds.
We water the seeds up to 3 times a day. The girls water them in the morning as I am preparing breakfast for them. I water them again around lunch time and then after dinner. All you need to do is pour about one cup of water into the seed tray. The water will slowly drain out the holes in the bottom of the tray and filter into the base tray. Just remember to empty the base tray each time before you water or it will overflow. When sprouting more than one tray at a time, water the top tray and the water will flow down through the holes in the tray to water the next tray. The excess water ends up in the bottom base tray.
After you water each time and the water filters through , place the lid back loosely on the top tray.
Now, we haven’t yet gotten to that part yet, as you can see from the pictures they are not mature enough. But we’ll be able to eat fresh sprouts in a day or two at this rate! You can also let them grow as long as four or five days. To harvest them, remove the sprouts from the seed tray and place them in a bowl. Fill the bowl with water and swish the sprouts around. This will loosen up any seed hulls that will float to the top and you can scoop them out. You could skip this step but I was told that seed hulls can be bitter at times. Any seeds that did not germinate will float to the bottom. Scoop out the sprouts and place them on a towel to let the excess water drip off. Now you can eat your delicious homegrown sprouts!
Storing homegrown sprouts.
If you have any sprouts that were harvested and not eaten right away, put them in a covered glass storage container in the refrigerator. As long as most of the moisture is drained off, you can have them last up to four days in the refrigerator.
So, we have seen how easy it is to grow our own greens. The hardest part is remembering to water them 2-3 times a day. But, if you make it part of your routine, it will soon become second nature.
Go ahead now! Use that amazing 2 tray sprouter and feed your family cancer fighting greens that are full of antioxidants and iron. Every little bit counts 🙂
Update ( 13th of May)
Here is how beautifully the sprouts have grown! They are so fresh and peppery! Sometimes we cant even wait to wash away the hulls, we just eat it from the tray!