HOW YOU KEEP YOUR SPROUTS FRESH
FRESH SPROUTS FOR UP TO 1 WEEK
There is a trick to keep your cultivated sprouts fresh for a long time. The trick is the same as for cultivating the sprouts: Keep them from drying out, let them get fresh oxygen and make sure the sprouts do not break, when you handle them. If you remember those ‘rules’ your little plants will keep fresh for up to 1 one week after they have reached their maturity.
Your sprouts have reached their mature size on different times depending on the sprout variety, you choose. Sprouts from beans, grain, lentils and peas are most delicious with only 1-2 cm white root. Other sprouts are most delicious when they have unfolded their leaves. And some varieties as green pea, buckwheat or fenugreek may be cultivated to either root or leaf state. You can read more on Sprout size in the guide >
SPROUTS AND TEMPERATURE
During their growth sprouts thrive at temperatures of 19-23 C°. In this temperature sprouts grow quickly and well. At lower temperatures they will grow slower. And at temperatures below 10 C° their growth typically stop completely except for grain. Most varieties of grain – like Wheat or Barley – will continue their growth even in 5 C°. This is interesting to know if you need your sprouts to be a certain length for a specific event.
COLD SPROUTS LAST LONGER
Due to the temperature affected growth rate you can benefit from the lower temperature in a cold corner of your kitchen or on the top shelf of your refrigerator. Slightly cooled sprouts can often keep fresh, crisp and maintain their delicious taste for up to a week after they have reached their mature state – the optimal Sprout size. The secret to keeping the sprouts in balance is to let them remain in the sprouter, until you use them in your food.
Sprouts still grow a little bit and are still very much alive despite cold temperatures. Therefore, they still need to be rinsed daily with fresh, cool water. If you keep the sprouts in the refrigerator one rinse every day will suffice. Do remember to drain excess water out after each rinse so that the sprouts are only slightly damp.
Now you can enjoy your sprouts a little longer…if you do not eat them first.