Posts Tagged ‘sprouts

11
Aug
11

Sproutin’ off

Have you looked in your garage, attic or basement lately?  Do you even know what kind of treasure you have buried in those places?  I was rooting around the garage a few weeks back and unearthed a brand new sprout maker!  Katie and I have been packing this around for 4 years!  And before our 4 years together, she’d been packing it around since 2000!

So, it had been mentioned that we had a sprout maker in previous conversations, but I just thought she was talking about a jar with a screen lid, you know that kind?  Oh, hell no!  This is a $100 automatic sprinkler system sprout maker.  And it is soooo cool.  I can’t believe it’s been sitting in a box just waiting for me to discover the joy of it.  It’s also hard to believe that someone just gave it to Katie because she said she didn’t like it.  I don’t think this thing had ever been used.

My new toy

Here is what the automatic sprouter looks like.  It has a water chamber down below.  That blue tube in the center shoots the water up and there is a little sprinkler that rotates and waters the seeds.  There are two plastic trays that the seeds are sandwiched in between.  A motorized timer that has a “mind of it’s own” according to the instruction manual, decides when it is time to water.  It actually sprays several times per hour based on the ambient temperature of the room and the humidity.  All I have to do is change the water daily and that’s it.  Easy peasy.

Alfalfa sprouts are ready

These alfalfa sprouts were the first thing I sprouted.  They took 5 days from start to finish and were perfect.  It’s exciting to have a garden outside and a mini one on my kitchen counter.

Look at those sprouts, Ralph!

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve become a sprout farmer and I’m on my third crop at present.  My first batch was the alfalfa you see above.  Next I went with a salad mix that had lentils, alfalfa, radish and broccoli.  Yum!  As I type this, the machine is working on a crop that should take 10 days – sunflower and buckwheat.  Can’t wait to taste those.  Can you say sprouted sunflower bread?




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