One of THE two most critical aspects of sprouting!
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Given proper moisture a seed will germinate.
We grew sprouts - over 200 tons - professionally between 1993-2003, so we have formed some definite opinions on what works and what works best. Please excuse our dogma, what follows is what WE know works best. We grew all of our 200 tons and now our sprouts at home, by hand - rinsing and draining over a sink, just like you. You can of course modify anything and everything we say to suit yourself.
The Sproutpeople's Principals of Draining:*
Drain as much of the Rinse water
out of your sprouts
as is humanly possible.
You are probably thinking: If I use less water to Rinse I'll have an easier time Draining. Logical. As we've said so many times on these pages; we've grown a whole lot of sprouts, and we've tried just about everything over the years - including Rinse/Drain variations. We like to conserve water and we'd love to pay less every month on our water bill. We'd love to cut our production time in half by having less water to Drain. We think: Why bother putting all that water in if we're just going to take it out?
Well: We've tried - too many times. Too many of our employees tried - too many times. We know it may not make sense, but it is true - Rinsing thoroughly grows better sprouts! BUT - when you Rinse thoroughly you MUST Drain just as thoroughly.
So, spin, shake, bounce and twirl your sprouter - just get as much water out as you can after every thorough Rinse.**
The Basics of Sprouting:
* The instructions given for the seed you are sprouting and for the sprouting device you are using will specify any variations necessary.
** Don't take our word for anything. Try everything yourself and learn what works best!
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We only use the phone for emergencies.
Back in 2001 we were still using the phone. One day I was talking to a long-time customer while pushing my (then 4 year old) daughter on the swing in our backyard (this is what a mom n' pop business is like on the internet). It dawned on me that my priorities were severely messed up, so I stopped using the phone. I love to talk and I love to help, but my family would never see me if I picked up the phone again, and that's just wrong don't you think?!
The very best way to contact us is through E-mail =:-)
We are quite fast and VERY thorough. We love to help.
We have been an internet only business since 2001. We are not a big corporation. We are but 2 people, Mom n' Pop Sprout. We decided after years of juggling our family's (kids, dogs, cats and even our own) needs, and the needs of Sproutpeople, that we had to make more time for our kids, so we stopped talking on the phone. All calls go to voice mail and have since 2001.
We are very fast to fill orders and answer e-mail, and though we wish we could make the time to talk, we just can't seem to get more minutes into a each hour. We are many years older than when we started and our days are too short and made up of too few hours to do everything. This limitation in our business has not kept us from pleasing our customers, nor from growing (as we have every year since 1993). We do what we do as well as we can, and we think we do it very well indeed.
We appreciate your patronage more than we can say. We ask that you use the phone for emergencies only and that you search our site for answers before e-mailing us. This site is bigger than any 4 sprout books put together, it is always available and it is free, and we know that almost all questions are answered here.
Thanks again for your support and your many kind words.