Growing Super Sprouts using 2x small 1.5 L colanders with pre-mixed bio-activated super organic nutrients.
The stages of sprouting:- basically there are 5, 1:- Soaking(mug or any container) 2:- Germinating(mesh bag - small colander) 3:- Greening & de-husking(large colander) 4:- Storage and 5:- Eating. In the pictures you can see the simple process of getting rid of the husks.
With this technique you are soaking the sprouts for 10-20 minutes with the addition of our Bio-activated nutrients ie fermentation with probiotics, which makes the organic nutrients more bio-available to the sprouts and therefore to you, so you are eating not only tastier sprouts but they are many times more nutritious than a sprout just washed or soaked in water. This only needs to be done once a day.
You will find that your sprouts are at an optimum stage for only a couple of days, to increase this to 4 or 5 days use your fridge, sounds obvious but not so simple when you have sprouts that are full of moisture. What we have found is that using the colanders with the slotted Perspex covers is an excellent way of storing the sprouts as any moisture drips through to the base tray. You can even take them out after say 3-4 days give them a soak in nutrient and then thoroughly rinse and let them drain at an angle and then replace them back in the fridge this will give you a further few days of optimum storage.
We have found that a fine grilled colander is the only one that performs all of these task’s exceptionally well.
The kit is made up of:-
1 x Sprouting Bowls (inner grill bowl for drainage & outer for collection) These are quality 1.5ltr made in Japan colanders, they can be used with seed sizes ranging down to that of Alfalfa, (not suitable for Cress, Mustard, Linseed) which are either too small or more likely, produce a mucous substance which causes rot, these are better grown as vertical sprouts see Micro-Greens. The beauty of using these colanders, apart from their many other uses when not sprouting, is that it makes it very easy to separate the husks from the seed, very important when it comes to storing the sprouts.
In the warmer climates or during summer, the trick is to keep your sprouts moist & cool, you can tilt the inner perforated Sprout container, so air circulates more freely, this gives the benefit of moisture being drawn to the edges & evaporated thus increasing cooling ie the advantage of sprouting in a bag, but also the advantages of soaking daily in organic nutrients. This is achieved by taking the inner part of the colander with the sprouts & placing them in a larger bowl, or tilting the inner part of the colander making sure the long edges line up (see pictures).
1 x Clear Perspex covers, these covers perform a number of functions, the principal one benefit is when you have finished sprouting and thoroughly drained, just put the colander with the lid in the fridge, it creates the perfect storage environment i.e. the sprouts remain moist and continue to grow due to the lid not allowing them to dry out however any excess moisture drains into the outer bowl(Tip- each time you take them out of the fridge just flip the sprout mass over so the moisture drains from the top level to the bottom).
Pre-mixed Bio-active nutrients 500ml, made of - Probiotics, Seaweed, Azomite, Dolomite, Magnesium Chloride ie fermenting makes the organic nutrients more bio-available to the sprouts and therefore to you, so you are eating not only a sweeter sprouts but they are many times more nutritious than a sprout just washed or soaked in water. You only use a very small amount of this each time you soak the sprouts, you can purchase this nutrient mix when you run out or you can buy the ingredients and make it yourself.
1x Fine mesh bag, several possible uses-
· Extra sprouting container:- this can be used to hold the sprouts in the 1st 3 or 4 days. This means you can use any cheap colander thus keeping your other free for the final 3 days of sprouting.
· Insect Cover:- if you have insect problems then the mesh bag can be used to protect them while growing in the colanders without stopping air circulation. Used in conjunction with the clip, which slightly elevates the internal tray (better aeration) and secures the Perspex cover. This is the method I use.
· Mung beans:- if you want to grow mung bean sprouts and you want to use the method where they are a little bit thicker, longer and remain white (hence sweeter) then you can purchase some small sized pebbles (see below) you already get a fine mesh bag in this kit to put them in, but if you want to use the fine mesh bag to do tiny seeds, like red Clover, then you may need to purchase another one. If you’d like to grow a lot of mung beans you can use the large colander then you will need 2 bags of pebbles and 2 mesh bags again see below.
The main problem that people have with sprouts is with hot weather, if you're sprouts are going off then you may need to rinse a couple of times a day, the reason you're doing this is to keep them cool (so always best to soak in the morning when the water is cooler), another method is to put an ice pack underneath the sprouts during the heat of the day and just re-freeze the ice pack overnight.
Seeds – we are giving you the option of several different seed mixes. Basically the Alfalfa and Red Clover have a very similar taste and no tang which means they are often suitable for children, the Red Lentil is ready for eating & storage after overnight soak & 4hrs drain.
The Fenugreek & Radish add a slight tang to the sweet Alfalfa & Red Clover taste, it also spreads them out so they don't clump so tightly together. Personally I do a mix of either Alfalfa & red Clover mixed with Radish (Red Arrow).
Also to note there is new research showing that the substances produced by the Broccoli sprout which has got a lot of publicity in the anti-cancer news, has now been found to be even richer in the Radish sprout, but as yet the human trials have not been done with this sprout. The other good thing about the radish sprout is that it gives much larger sprouts and works equally well in both loose and vertical sprout configurations.
Slide Show- colander > Alfalfa, Radish, Fenugreek, Broccoli, Sunflower Sprouting Sequence
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