Distribute evenly a very thin layer of seed. The seeds will swell and require a lot of space. Approximately one tablespoon of small seed and two tablespoons of larger seed is enough for the Victorio Sprouter. For proper germination, seeds should remain wet, but not submerged in water. The Victorio Sprouter is designed to retain a small amount of water, just the right amount. Rinse the seeds once or twice each day for best results. Sprouting in the dark will force the sprouts to elongate, but sprouting with some exposure to light will have an added benefit of allowing the tiny plants to produce chlorophyll and turn green for more nutritional value. Sprouts are ready to eat in 2-7 days. Always use clean water and clean practices. It is a good idea to disinfect your sprouter between crops by soaking in a solution of 1 Tbsp of bleach to 1 Pint of water.
Please Note: The tiny seedlings develop very fine, fuzzy root hairs that can sometimes be mistaken for mould. If you think you are growing mould, look closely at one of the seedlings to determine if it is simply the fuzzy root hairs that you are seeing.
Using the Victorio Sprouter:
- Wash all trays before use.
- Set the white base hay on a level surface. Set the first clear growing tray in place on top of the white base tray; be certain the tray is securely seated on the base tray.
- Spread out the seeds evenly in the tray. (About ½ tablespoon of alfalfa seeds will produce a tray full of sprouts.) The quantity of seeds used depends upon your individual requirements and the variety of sprouting seed being used. Remember, that the seeds will expand tremendously when wetted and will occupy approximately four times their initial volume.
- Stack additional growing hays and repeat step-3 seeding instructions (as needed).
- Add 2-Cups of water (16-fl oz.) to the top clear growing tray. The water from the top tray will flow down automatically from one tray to the next and collect in the white base tray.
- Remember to empty the base tray when top trays are completely drained or before next watering. Repeat watering steps twice a day (or more if necessary).
- Do NOT put the sprouter in direct sunlight. Most seeds germinate best at room temperature away from direct sunlight.
Seed presoaking: Due to the unique tray design most seeds don't need to be presoaked. However presoaking may still be required on some larger seeds for best germination. When in doubt, we recommend you follow the soaking instructions that come with your seeds.
Rotating the trays bottom to top each day will help the sprouts grow better. Depending upon the temperature and the type of seeds being grown, the sprouts should be edible in 2 to 4 days. lf fresh sprouts are not to be consumed the day they are picked, they can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator" Rinse sprouts well under running water before eating.
Some seeds may form fuzzy looking growth, which resemble mildew. These are actually tiny roots growing on the sprouts and are a part of the sprout.
Occasionally some genuine mildew occurs. To correct this problem, reduce the frequency of watering and move the sprouter to a cooler area.
As with anything used for preparation of food, your Victorio Sprouter should be cleaned thoroughly after each use. Use liquid dish washing soap and warm water, followed by rinsing with clean running water. Dry Sprouter thoroughly.
The Victorio Sprouter is top rack dishwasher safe. We recommend removing the Sprouter components prior to the drying cycle. If the Sprouter is in constant or frequent use and develops buildup due to hard water, it may be necessary when cleaning to soak the trays in a mixture of vinegar and water. When not in use store the sprouter in a dark area. Never store the sprouter in direct sunlight.
HELP! The trays don't drain correctly!
Do NOT use the storage lid when growing sprouts as this will prevent the trays from draining. If the growing trays are still not fully draining, don't worry. The growing trays are a unique design that use the physics of water surface tension to keep the correct amount of water in the growing tray during all stages of seed germination.
When starting a new crop of seeds it is common for the growing trays to not fully drain. This is by design, the extra water helps the seeds germinate. However once the seeds start to germinate they release organic compounds that breakdown the surface tension of the water and the trays will fully drain. The more the seeds grow the quicker the water will drain from the tray. When sprouting smaller seeds such as broccoli or alfalfa it is possible to physically clog the drain holes if too many seeds are added to the tray. If you are experiencing this problem reduce the number of seeds in the tray. For small seeds, never use more than 1½ tablespoon per tray.
- Sprouting is inexpensive. Pound for pound sprouts are perhaps the most nutritious food there is per dollar value.
- Sprouts are easy to grow – very little can go wrong.
- Sprouts are one of the most concentrated and truly natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids known.
- You can grow sprouts indoors in any climate and they are ready to eat in just a few days.
- A sprouted seed is a tiny, easy-to-digest plant that is at its peak of nutritional value. The seed releases all of its stored nutrients in a burst of vitality as it attempts to become a full sized plant.
- Chlorophyll is a protein compound found in green plants, including sprouts with green leaves like alfalfa, broccoli, and radish. Chlorophyll is like a living solar battery. It stores the energy from the sun!
Recipes for sprouts available online here.