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CLEAN SPROUTS IN YOUR FOOD
BACTERIA FREE SPROUTING SEEDS
All EU certified sprouting seeds must now be tested for
the harmful bacteria E. Coli, Listeria and Salmonella.
This is an EU requirement since 2011.
This requirement assure pure seeds, but you must still
maintain a high level of hygiene in your own sprouter
every day during the whole cultivation.
This is easily done by washing the tray after each use,
keep the bottom water tray empty, rinse the sprouts
with clean water and wash your hands before
working with sprouts.
Doing so will ensure that the little natural bacteria
from the air which find their way into your sprout tray
does not bother neither the sprouts nor you.
WHOLE SPROUTS = HEALTHY SPROUTS
Sprouts grown from healthy seed will not be bothered
by the little bacteria that are all around us.
All you need to do to support the health of the plants is
to keep them moist and be careful that sprouts not are
crushed by hard water jets or prying fingers.
So you may well admire your sprouts at close range.
Just be a little careful with the delicate, small plants.
HARVESTING YOUR SPROUTS
Your sprouts keep best in the sprouter so you should
let them stay there until they are eaten if possible.
When you are ready to eat the sprouts, you just
take the amount of sprouts you can eat right now
from the sprouter.
Rinse the sprouter with the rest of the sprouts
and let the plants continue their growth untill
you are ready to 'harvest' them too.
The 'harvested' sprouts are easy to clean for hulls. I simply
placing them in a large bowl with clean water and gently
stir around them by hand. The hulls will fall to the bottom
or rise to the surface of the water. You just change
the water several times until the sprouts are clean.
REMOVE BACTERIA WITH LEMON
When the sprouts are free from hulls, I fill the water bowl again.
This time I only let the water just cover the sprouts. Then I mix
lemon juice in the water 1 part juice to 6 parts water.
I typically use lemon juice concentrate, as it is the low pH,
which cleans the last germs of sprouts. After the lemon
bath you can rinse with fresh water to remove the lemon
taste. Now the sprouts are completely clean and ready
for your fresh, green recipes.
Only let your sprouts stay in the lemon water for up
to 10 minutes as the citric acid is also hard on sprouts.
For this reason you should not clean your sprouts using
this method during their growth. They should only be
rinsed with clean water untill you are ready to eat them.
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