This blend contains a wide range of sproutable medium-sized organic seeds and grains. When sprouted as intended, it will provide a variety of seeds sprouting at different stages for a greater diversity of sprouting nutrients and flavor. Sprouted seeds have the most nutritional value at the beginning of the sprouting process, before the small sprout is apparent, and continuous sprouting allows for significant flavor variation while still providing excellent nutritional content.
Taylor’s Sprouting Method using the EZ-Sprout and Dynamo Full Sprout Mix
What you will need:
Stage 1 – Soaking the Sprout Mix
(Estimated completion time: 1 minute)
- Get out your EZ-Sprouter. Put one drop of GSE into the “outer” container with no holes in the bottom. Insert the “inner” container with the bottom holes into the somewhat larger outer container. If required, turn the inner container so that it fits within the outer container and the top edges are even.
- Fill the inside container halfway with Dynamo Full Sprout Mix. For three days’ worth of sprouts, I use roughly a cup for my three birds, two African Greys and an Umbrella Cockatoo. Fill the container halfway with water. Use enough to completely cover the seeds (at least three inches) (or triple the amount of water as seed). I use bottled water that is at room temperature.
- Place the little domed cover on top of the container, dome side up. Allow it to sit overnight or for 8-12 hours. You may see a bigger version of any image by clicking on it!
Stage 2 – Draining and Rinsing
(Estimated completion time: 1 – 2 minutes)
- When the seeds have finished soaking, remove the domed cover and the inner container. Empty the water from the outer container and thoroughly rinse it. Shake the inside container to remove as much water as possible from the seeds. (Once again, I rinse the seeds with room temperature bottled water.)
NOTE: After soaking the seeds, there will be a significant “smell.” Some claim it smells like wheat bread, but I think it smells like soaking seeds all night. The water will be hazy and tinted. This is very normal!
At this stage, the seeds will look like this. They only seem moist and obese from absorbing so much water.
- Return the inner container to the empty outer container. Adjust the inner container to be higher than the outer container. This permits the surplus water on the seeds to drain into the outer container’s bottom. Reinstall the domed lid. Place the container in the dark, or at least out of direct sunlight, and leave it there till tomorrow. (12 – 20 hours, approximately.)
Stage 3 – Serving the Sprouts
(Estimated completion time: 1 – 2 minutes)
It’s time to eat! The majority of the seeds will just be beginning to sprout. It’s a great time to give them to your birds! They do not need to be completely sprouted. Seeds are at their most nutritious just before they begin to sprout. The image on the right shows the sprouts after sitting out from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. To view a bigger version, click on the image.
- Remove the domed cover and the outer container. Remove any water from the outer container and rinse it well. Shake the inside container to remove as much water as possible from the seeds. (Once again, I rinse the seeds with room temperature bottled water.)
- Place one drop of GSE in the outer container and replace the inner container. Fill the jar halfway with water and let it aside for 30 to 45 seconds to allow the GSE to destroy any little bacteria that may be present. Remove the inner container, rinse the seeds one more time, and then clean the outer container.
- Sprinkle the seeds with the provided organic alfalfa leaves and offer to hungry birds!
Alex, my Congo African Grey, is shown on the right, enjoying his sprouts. I attempted to persuade him to eat outside of his cage, but he was too bashful to eat in front of the camera.
In the raised position, replace the inner container into the outer container. Replace the domed top and refrigerate for snacks tomorrow and the following day. I utilize each batch of seeds I make for three days before starting a fresh batch.
You may even leave the sprouts out for another day to grow a bit longer. Some birds like the diversity of sprout lengths. The unused amount may then be refrigerated for the following day. If you keep the sprouts out for an extended period of time, rinse them 2-3 times each day. Please rinse or soak them in GSE before serving to eradicate any remaining germs.
Place one drop of GSE in the outer container and replace the inner container. Fill the jar halfway with water and let it aside for 30 to 45 seconds to allow the GSE to destroy any little bacteria that may be present. Remove the inner container, rinse the seeds, and then clean the outer container.
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