Choosing a Sprouter
This article shows you what to look for when choosing a sprouter. Sprouts
contain very high levels of nutrients and can be juiced (better results
will be obtained from twin gear or masticating juicers). Growing
sprouts at home is easy and takes less than a week.
There are many different types of sprouter which use different materials
and offer different features. The number of features is normally reflected
in the cost of the sprouter. When choosinG a sprouter the features you
should consider will include:
- How much time is needed to maintain the sprouts each day?
- Quality of sprout crop produced
- Space available for housing the sprouter
- Availability of water and/or power supply for 'automatic' sprouters
- Initial cost and any running costs
The beauty of sprouting your own seeds, nuts and beans is that it is
a simple process with just a few golden rules. As long as you follow these
simple rules then you should grow healthy, nutritious sprouts. Whichever
model of sprouter you choose, the basic process of sprouting
remains the same and if used properly the end product sprouts should be
of the same quality.
Remember that bad drainage results in the seeds or sprouts sitting in
water. Seeds won't germinate in water and sprouts will rot so it is is
vital to make sure your chosen sprouter
has good drainage properties.
There are three forms of basic sprouter, sprouting tray, the sprouting
jar and the sprouting bag.
Sprouting trays are one or more trays that you spread
your seeds across. They normally have drainage holes in the bottom of
the trays to allow water that rinses the sprouts to drain off freely.
A tray sprouter may have drip trays built into it and may have tray lids
to help retain moisture levels in the sprouting environments air. Tray
sprouters often offer a 'modular' design where trays can be stacked on
top and next to each other in a snug fitting modular fashion to make economical
use of the room space you have allocated to sprouting.
Sprouting Jars are probably the most well known form of sprouter and are
often peoples first sprouter. You can make your own sprouting jar whereas
commercial sprouting jars tend to have sprouting functionality built into
them such as an angled storage and perforated lids to aid in efficient
drainage. Sprouting jars don't tend to have as good air circulation as
other forms of sprouter which means that you may have to rinse your sprouts
bags are sometimes chosen in preference to sprouting jars because they
allow better air circulation and drainage due to their porous nature.
Sprouting bags are often made of hemp fibre which is a natural fibre that
drains freely. Sprouting bags also make rinsing and drainage as simple
as can be as they are simply dipped and swirled for rinsing and then hung
up to allow for drainage (this is however not the least messy of sprouters).
Sprouting bags are the best option for those that travel a lot as you
can easily pack your sprouting bag and a selection of seed packets into
any travel bag. Do not be tempted to make your own sprouting bag from
plastic carrier bags as the drainage and air circulation will be poor.
Sprouting bags are especially popular for sprouting beans and seeds.
Automatic sprouters are so called
because they automate some part of the sprouting process which means you
have to spend less time in tending your sprouts.
Examples of automatic sprouters include
- The Easy Green
- Freshlife Automatic Sprouter
- The Automatic Sprouter
- Auto Sprout
Read more about automatic sprouters.