Product Type: Biosnacky gadgets
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Sprouts aren't just for christmas
Biosnacky Germinator Jar
Member Name: R8IT
Biosnacky Germinator Jar
Date: 30/08/11, updated on 30/08/11 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Simple easy to use and clean
Disadvantages: May be small if you like a lot of sprouts or have more mouths to feed
The biosnacky jar was given to me as a joke gift and has actually had a lot of use. The jar itself is just a standard glass (kilner type) jar, and it comes with a green plastic screw on lid which doubles up as a stand and sieve to drain the water. The lid locks on tight and both are dishwasher proof.
With the lid on its 14cm high, and has a diameter of around 8cm. This seems small but more than adequate for 1-2 people. Sprouts are best eaten fresh and so you dont really want to be storing them fr more than a day or two once ready. Ideally if you love sprouts then you would have a few jars running a day or so between them so you have a continuous supply.
What to grow - As with any fresh produce you need to be careful on contamination to prevent e-coli, but dont let this put you off. You have to buy special sprouting seeds, you cant just grow any seeds as they typw you grow in the ground tend to be sprayed with chemicals. Its easy enough to buy online or from a health food store some organic sprouting seeds. Seeds such as mungbeans (bean sprouts), radish seeds (if you like a little heat), broccoli seeds (the sprouts of which contain several times more cancer fighting chemicals than standard grown broccoli), lentils etc.
Sprouting is quick and from start to finish you can have sprouts ready to eat from 4 to 7 days depending what you grow. You dont need any special dark humid room or any sunny position simply place on your kitchen worktop - they require very little effort. The jar can make a couple of handfuls of sprouts - easy enough bean sprouts for a stir-fry for 4 people. Usually a heaped breakfast bowl full again depending on the type of sprout and quantity used.
How to grow - this couldn't be easier, just put a few heaped tablespoons in the jar cover with sufficient cold water and leave to soak for 8-12hrs - or just overnight, once thats done -drain them, pour clean water to rinse and drain again shake gently upside down to get rid of any excess water and then using the special lid stand on the worktop out of direct sun so the jar naturally drains. This rinsing and draining is carried out twice a day and after 4-7 days you will have sprouts ready to use. The sprouts dont need to be sat in water they just need to be rinsed. The special lid allows this rinsing and draining to be done easily. Once done you can tip them out and eat them - best eaten raw or all the nutrients they contain - they are actually really good for you.
The jar should then be properly washed to be used again.
You may be thinking why cant I just use a basic jar and either make holes in the lid or use some cloth like muslin - and you could and get exactly the same results. The biosnacky jar however is cheap enough and should last indefinitely if not dropped, the only downside being the limited size - they don't do bigger ones and if using very small seeds like alfalfa (packed full of most vitamins) then they can get caught in the mesh of the lid - but this is only until they start to grow. The mesh needs to be free and unblocked to allow air to circulate over the sprouts while they grow.
You would look to pay near £2 for a bag of mixed sprouts slightly less for bean sprouts - for the same amount you could grow more like 6 times the amount and know its absolutely fresh. - You just need to plan ahead if you want sprouts for a particular meal such as a stir fry - as in start 5-7 days before you plan to cook the dish.
Summary: A quick and simple way to grow your own.