Victorio VKP1014 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter
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- Includes water reservoir tray, water collection tray and 4 growing trays (6-inch by 1-3/4-inch) and organic alfalfa seeds
- Produce fresh, high-quality sprouts in just 2 to 5-day
- Reusable and dishwasher safe
- 4 Growing trays makes it possible to grow 4 different types of sprouts at the same time
- Includes instructions; 1-year warranty; Made in USA
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I rinse it in the morning and before bed. It quickly became a habit for me. Once I start it going, I will just add new sprouts to a tray as I empty it, and I'm never out of sprouts. If I'm wanting an extra amount of sprouts on hand, I'll add a double amount to the newly emptied tray, and then transfer half of it to the next one that becomes empty. This gives the sprouts a head start, and if they're transfered to their final tray within a few days, they'll still grow nicely in an upward direction. I find this is important with alfalfa sprouts, because you don't really want the foliage part to get flopped over once it gets going, or it retains too much water and might require a third rinse per day to guarantee freshness.
One note regarding the flow between levels: sometimes the unit requires tipping towards the little spigots to get the water flow started. One can also do this to drain the few drops of water that remains in the trays if one desires.
The siphon action is good, but make sure to have the siphons tilted 'downhill' after the water has gone into the collection tray, and you will be surprised how much more water comes out.
Those who gave it lesser reviews either are not keeping it level, are watering too frequently, have it in a place that is too hot or cold, and/or have chaotic kitchen cleanup programs wherein they lose any of the the four identical "little parts". No doubt these people have other problems involving lost and misplaced items :) For cleaning the drainage grooves, simply use a toothbrush and some organic citrus based dish soap.
When treating your sprouting operation with the reverence of a garden... which it truly is... it works wonderfully. I now own three sets and use them daily to produce loads of sprouts including: kamut, buckwheat, winter wheat, mung, radish, fenugreek, broccoli, pea, sunflower. My advice is to think about what the seeds would like if you were planting them in the soil. Broccoli, radish, mustard and kale and even peas, for instance, like it a bit cool. Sunflowers and basil like it a bit warmer, but you do not want direct sunlight shining on your operation for long.
Do not use municipal water. Always use the purest water you can obtain, filtered in glass. Mineral water from a well that is free from agricultural and other run-offs is good too. Just give the sprouts the best you can offer and they will return the favor.
This works very well for larger seeds and beans. It comes with a good size sample of Alfalfa seeds.
My tips: Alfalfa seeds are too small for this sprouter, they would not have the chance to dry out enough because they would stay soaked in the grooves (see photo) and would be more than likely to get moldy. Use a sprouting jar for alfalfa seeds instead. Since sprouts should get air and do not get too much in this (or any?) sprouter, I spread the trays out over night and in the daytime when I need the room, I stack them again, leaving the top tray exposed. This is probably not necessary, though. We eat a lot of sprouts and I stack 2 of these sprouters on top of each other.
If the water does not drain, I press the white siphon down firmer, and then it drains. When all the water has drained, I tilt the trays a little and let more water drain out.
I am happy that I bought it and use it all the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the best sprouter I've ever had because the plastic is flimsy and the air circulation is actually quite low considering the design. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gerbil
Nice size for kitchen counter. Arrived on time!Published on August 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer Jasmin
I have 4 different sprouting systems and this is my least favorite by far. Even with rinsing 4 times a day it doesn't sprout as fast or evenly. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer