This post will explain how to sprout microgreens easily on your countertop especially if you would like a steady supply of sprouts for eating on salad, sandwiches, eggs, and more. The sprouter that I use is forgetfulness-proof and helps you sprout more of your seeds, saving you money, and allows for you to have sprouts ready all the time, as opposed to one jar full ready, and then having to wait for another week to go by without any fresh spouts.
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You may remember that I shared my mom’s method of sprouting in a mason jar in this post, and it is indeed a good solid method that works just fine. It costs very little and is super simple and effective.
The trouble with the jar is that you sprout a jar full, and then in a week or so, you have sprouts and then you have to wait another week for more. A family can eat a jar full of sprouts in a single sitting. This isn’t a problem, exactly, but it can be a drawback for some families.
I also find the jar method to be a bit more hands on. You have to wait for alllllll the water to drain out, which takes time. It doesn’t take a TON of time, but it absolutely does take a minute or so. I would find myself thinking, “Oh I’ll water my sprouts in a bit when I have a minute” and that minute seemed hard to come by, there in the busiest room of the house.
The Victorio Sprouter is a tool that I honestly wouldn’t have sought out because I’m a person that would just “tough it out” with the jar. Once I got to know Amy, one of the owners of Victorio Kitchen Products, I realized that if this busy mom is using it, I probably should give it a shot.
Let me explain why the Victorio Sprouter is a genius tool.
Each tray has little holes that allow water to drip to the tray beneath, creating a self watering system. It’s low tech but super smart. You just pour 2 cups (or just a water class full) into the top green tray morning and night (or just once a day if you’re Forgetful Franny like me) and go about your day.
The bottom green tray collects the water that the seeds aren’t using to turn into sprouts so you don’t have to stand there at the sink waiting for the water to drain out the way you do when you sprout in a mason jar.
You can fill one tray with sprouts, water it, and the next day start another, and the next, start ANOTHER. In that way, you’d have one tray of sprouts ready on Monday, and another tray ready on Tuesday, and so on.
OR you can start ALL of the trays on the same day and have a lot of sprouts ready all at once.
You could get two sets and combine the trays into one tower.
I really like that the trays are see-through so my kids and I can peek in and see the seeds sprouting and I didn’t have to open any lids- it’s completely hands off.
Here’s a video showing how it works.
The set comes with seeds, which were tasty indeed and really handy. If you’re looking to sprout a variety of seeds, I really liked Sustainable Sprouts- their Spicy Mix is one of my favorites.
I’ll be using my Victorio Sprouter to have sprouts ready steadily, one tray at a time, so I can have them on my sandwich today, and tomorrow my husband and I can add them to an omelette.
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