Soak Your Seeds
Soaking seeds in the EasySprout™ is just a matter of adding seeds and water.
Start by soaking your seeds for anywhere from 2 to 12 hours depending on the seed you wish to sprout. Just put your seeds in the EasySprout™ and add water to about half way. Give the seeds a good stir to free any trapped air and just let them soak. If you are sprouting small seeds like alfalfa or clover be sure to put the small seed insert in the bottom of the sprouting container. This should keep those small seeds from passing through the bottom of the sprouter. But be careful when filling the sprouter with water with the insert in place as air trapped benneath it can push it up, tipping the tiny seeds into the bottom of the sprouter.
Ready to Sprout
Seeds are soaked and ready to sprout.
After soaking, drain the seeds well: shake them, bang them, whatever it takes. Get as much moisture out as you can without spilling seeds everywhere. And if you used the small seed insert, try not to dislodge it. Once it pops out of place with seed in the sprouter, you'll have to empty the whole thing to get it back into place. Sitting in the sprouter pictured here are three tablespoons of canola seed.
The proper way to provide air circulation.
The EasySprout™ keeps moist air circulating through your seeds by letting the warm air that rises off the sprouting seeds pull cool air down between the inner and outer EasySprout™ containers and up through the vent holes in the bottom of the inner container. Just make sure the inner container is always seated in the proper position when placed in the outer cup.
The Next Day...
The seeds are starting to sprout.
After one day you will start to see results. I rinse my sprouts twice a day so by this point I have already rinsed at least once. I also like to sample my sprouts before each spraying to see how they taste.
The Next Day...
Rinsing sprouts in the EasySprout™ is very easy and quick.
Rinsing sprouts in the EasySprout™ is very simple. Just run water through it. At least initially that's all you need to do. As the sprouts start to clump and tangle together you have to do a little more to break them up. When you finish rinsing be sure to get as much moisture out of the sprouts as possible before placing the inner container back in the outer.
The Second Day...
After two days the sprouts are very much edible. Some people like to stop even at this early stage.
By the second day your seeds will be looking like... sprouts. Some people stop here. At this point I'm routinely dipping into my crop for a taste even though I prefer to wait another day before stopping and storing.
Dehulling and Breaking Up
Removing the hulls from small sprouts is very easy in the EasySprout™.
Eventually your sprouts will grow into a tangled mass. Rinsing alone will not free them. But the EasySprout™ makes this easy to do and you can remove some hulls during the process. Just fill the entire thing up with water and gently stir the sprouts. The clumps will break apart and the loose hulls will float to the surface where you can skim them off with a spoon. Hulls trap moisture so removing them is a good thing. This works for small seeds; not so well for big ones.
The Final Day
On the third day the sprouts are pretty much where I want them.
By the end of the third day my sprouts are pretty much where I want them. The EasySprout™ is made of a translucent plastic so if you've done your sprouting in a well lit area your sprouts should be starting to green up a bit.
Spinning to Remove Moisture
You need to remove as much water as possible before storage and a salad spinner works wonderfully.
Sprouts need to be dry for storage. Too much moisture and they will start to rot. I have found one of the best ways to remove moisture is with a salad spinner. A small spinner used for herbs is perfect. You would think the smaller sprouts would slip right through the holes in the spinner basket but they don't. Some of the hulls on the smaller sprouts do get through the basket though which is an added bonus of spinning.
With all excess moisture removed, sprouts store nicely in a sealed container for a few days in the fridge.
I like to store my sprouts in the fridge in a sealed container. And the nice thing about the EasySprout™ is that it comes with lids you can snap on letting you store your sprouts in the sprouter. When I do store this way I always close the sprouter (no ventilation) and use the lid without holes. But usually I store sprouts in other containers to free up the sprouter for more sprouting. If you use a container with a ventilated lid your sprouts will dry out faster but may be less susceptible to rotting. I have heard you can keep sprouts this way for up to a week but I never keep mine for more than a few days.