Whole Foods Lifestyle - A good sprouter?

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02-24-2008, 08:39 AM
Can someone recommend a good sprouter? I love sprouts and I'd like to grow mine, nice and fresh. Does anyone have one that they really like? I've tried the homemade mason jar thing, but even if I rinse them several times daily, they still get moldy. I've heard the store bought sprouters work a bit better. Any suggestions?

02-24-2008, 09:40 AM
I think mold is a regional problem, not a problem with the sprouter. I bought my sprouting jar in a health food store in Illinois, but it is only a gallon jar with a plastic screen lid. I noticed in a local healthfood store they also sell the screen lids seperately. In Illinois (usually in the winter) I sometimes would have a problem with molding sprouts (more so when I moved to a town that was in south central rather than northcentral Illinois). However, since moving to Wisconsin, haven't had a moldy batch of sprouts ever.

I'm also very allergic to molds and mildews and in Illinois had to to take allergy medications year-round. We've been is Wisconsin about three years now, and hardly ever have an allergy sniffle.

I bough a sprouting mix that on the package recommended using citric acid if molding was a problem (I don't remember the amount or whether it was put in the soaking water or the rinse water, but googling will likely give you the answer).

02-25-2008, 02:53 AM
I use the mason jar and plastic lids with holes that I got at the store. The key for me is - I think - that my DH make a wooden holer that lets you lay the jar down on a slant. I put it on that to drain into the sink, and leave it there all the time. I rinse them 2-3 times a day (usually 2, at breakfast and dinner time) Never had a mold problem. But then, it's not very humid here. :)