Basic sprouting kit consisting of 2 sprouting colanders with covers along with 250 mls of bio activated organic nutrients + Storage options(2 X cotton bags, mesh bag, plastic bag clip). Ideal for the beginner who does not do huge quantities e.g. if you just want to do Broccoli, when 1 of the colanders is almost full you can start eating and or store in the fridge and then start the other one so you have a constant supply. Click to hide.
There are 2 ways to secure the clear cover to the colander. In this picture we show the clip being used, I use the clip during the sprouting process and the silicon plug when I store it in the fridge. The advantage of the clip is that if you align it with the base where the hole in the handle is situated the inner grill is slightly elevated allowing the perfect amount of air to flow underneath and then up through the sprouts and out through the holes in the cover. It can also be aligned the other way and in that case it will sit flat due to the indentation in the base of the colander at the other end.
In the picture you see it set at an angle, I use this feature to let it sit for 5 minutes after I have done the rinse and soak procedure as it accelerates drainage at this angle and then return it to the aforementioned position. Click to hide.
Sprouting colander 1.5 L showing showing another way of attaching the cover using a clip, increasing the aeration of the sprouts. There are basically 4 different options - small gap, medium gap(shown here), 45° tilt and removing the inner bowl and placing it on a flat plate or in a larger bowl. Click to hide.
Fenugreek seed husks are washed over the edge, it's important with Fenugreek to get rid of the husk, as it has a slightly slimy coating which reduces the ability to store the sprouts for any length of time unless they are removed. Click to hide.
Here we see 1 of the small colanders full and ready to eat with Broccoli sprouts, just to note this is really full and if you are going to store in the fridge with the Perspex cover it's best if the sprouts are not touching the cover as there will be condensation, and the trick to keeping your sprouts from going off is to ensure that they are not sitting in pools of water. Click to hide.
Here we see the cover being attached to the colander using the silicon plug, I use this method of attachment when storing in the fridge. Click to hide.
Massey Gem pea seeds being grown as a sprout in the small colander, tastes just like a normal pea from the pod, as that is what they are, but more digestible and full of organic nutrients from overnight and a 3 day soak. Click to hide.
Massey Gem and sprouted red Lentils sprinkled on top of a Microgreen/Sprout mix salad. Click to hide.
Massey Gem pea seeds after 3 or 4 days attach cover using clip & plug, will continue to grow slowly in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The clip and the plug keeps the lid in place and this is the method I use to use to store all my sprouts before I discovered the cotton bag method. Using the colanders to store in the fridge means you don’t have to worry about changing the bag as any excess moisture just drips through to the base bowl, but they do take up valuable extra space. Having said that I still use this method i.e. the colanders to store the Lentils and Massey Gem, but use the cotton bag for everything else I find this works best for me. Click to hide.
Here we see the small colanders being stacked in the refrigerator, in this picture only the silicon plug has been used, but I now tend to use a combination of clip and plug as it assures that the cover cannot rotate ensuring that the sprouts do not dry out. Click to hide.
Here we see 3 small colanders sitting on the base of a single shelf light stand which has a white Perspex base for this purpose (the base also serves the purpose of hiding the cables & Power Packs for the lights). This extra light without heat accelerates the greening process. Click to hide.
This is the method I now use to store my sprouts and salad greens also other vegetables. If it is leafy greens like sprouts then it's best to store them 1st in a mesh bag, the reason for this is that any damp material will not stick to the cotton bag (meaning you do not have to wash the cotton bag every time you change it). So the simple procedure is put the sprouts and or leafy greens inside the mesh bag, zip it up, place inside the cotton bag, then place inside a plastic bag that doesn't have any holes in it, gently squeeze the air out and secure with the clip.
The trick is to make sure that the sprouts or leafy greens or your entire salad mix is not too wet. To achieve this with the sprouts I leave them at a 45° angle with no cover for half a day then I remove any water in the base and turn the sprouts upside down and leave for another half a day. Because we’ve been soaking these once-a-day in the nutrient solution the sprouts are full of moisture, and it is only the outside edges that are drying, so after adding to the mesh bag, cotton bag, plastic bag, each day I just swap the cotton bag and turn the plastic bag inside out. Actually, I normally mix my sprouts (after the drying process above) with my microgreens once per week giving me enough salad for the week and I change the cotton bag, invert the plastic bag, daily as above, this habit stops me leaving them for too long and the cotton bag becoming mouldy. This is the reason we supply 2 cotton bags with the kit. Click to hide.
Here we see the procedure for storing some vegetables, in this case a cob of corn and a cucumber. Step one is to make sure you remove any surface moisture (just leave them in a well aired place for a few hours and this will happen) wrap each 1 in a paper towel then place in the cotton bag, then inside the plastic bag, remove the air and secure with the clip supplied if the paper towel becomes damp just replace it before the cotton bag becomes saturated. So the minimum would be to invert the plastic bag so the condensation is on the outside each day, if there is no condensation than the cotton bag probably doesn’t need to be changed or the cotton bags.
Sometimes I purchase a cauliflower early in the week when they come fresh into the shop, when I get them home I remove any outside leaf, trim off any spots of mould on the outside of the cauliflower, allow to dry for a few hours and then place inside the cotton bag and then inside the plastic bag and seal with the clips. I take this out at the end of the week when I’m going to make my cauliflower, potato, pea curry and it looks as good as when I put it in, maybe after a couple of days invert the plastic bag that’s about it. Click to hide.
This cotton bag is also designed to be used as a carry bag, it comes with handles for your hand which are also used as part of the folding mechanism i.e. folds into a small package so it can easily fit inside your normal carry bag when you go vegetable shopping i.e. the one that fits over your shoulder, this 1 can be used to carry delicate fruit/veggies and comes with a convenient handgrip. Folding process shown on the next slide. Click to hide.
Here we see the process of using the handle strap to secure a small folded version of the bag. Step one is to fold in thirds, step 2 flip over so the open part of the strap handle is on the top, again fold in thirds, on top of one another, with the final fold going through the strap. Click to hide.
This picture shows the parts you get with with our vegetable storage system for keeping your sprouts/leafy greens/general vegetables fresh in the fridge. The reason for the 2 cotton bags is to make it easy to swap them over, which you need to do on a regular basis if your vegetable item is producing too much moisture and the inside of the plastic bag has a lot of condensation on it. Click to hide.
Sprout Colander Kit x2 – Small + Covers
$47.00 – $59.00 GST inc.
Basic sprouting kit consisting of 2 sprouting colanders with covers + Storage option(2 x cotton bags, mesh bag, plastic bag clip) along with 250 mls of bio activated organic nutrients.
2 x 1.5ltr Colander Small plus a clear Perspex cover plus our vegetable storage system. This kit is the same as the 1st kit but with an extra colander set, allowing you to grow twice as much sprouts, either of different variety (personally I tend to mix them but each to their own) so you can be eating from 1 which you may wish to store in the fridge instead of using the cotton bag vegetable storage system, while growing a new batch on the other colander set. Or mix and grow them for the 1st few days in one colander then split them into 2 colanders at the end store them in the cotton bag vegetable storage system, and then start again giving you a constant supply.
There are many different sprouters available the best we have found is also the cheapest(now that’s a nice change) & that is a BPA free plastic colander which has narrow slots & comes with a drainage bowl. This is a quality 1.5ltr colanders manufactured in Japan, they can be used with seed sizes ranging down to that of Alfalfa and Red Clover, which will double their size once they are soaked(not suitable for Cress which are too small and are better grown as vertical sprouts). When not using it for sprouting you will find many other uses for it.
Using the vegetable storage system allows you to very conveniently store your sprouts for more than a week just by exchanging the cotton bag each day i.e. the idea is to surface dry the sprouts, which means leaving them out without the cover for one day, because you have been soaking them each day they are still full of moisture. The excess moisture will be absorbed by the cotton bag, so you just change it and hang it out to dry, invert the plastic bag and reseal and it, stores into a very small space in your fridge. This means you can be eating the sprouts from the fridge while growing the next batch.
The other method of storing the sprouts is just a store them inside the colander with the metal clip and silicon plug attached, however this takes up quite a bit more space, but having said that this is the way to store pea sprouts e.g. Massey Jem, Chickpea and Lentil sprouts, if you use this method then the cotton bags are also designed to be used as small shopping bags.