The Bioset Seed Sprouter is the easy way to produce fresh, high-quality sprouts in your own kitchen. In just 2-4 days enjoy healthful sprouts in soups, salads and sandwiches. Grow up to three different flavors at once. The Kitchen Crop sprouter makes sprouting fast, easy and fun. It produces a variety of fresh, crispy sprouts in just a few easy steps. First, pour seeds into the trays. Next add water. Exclusive siphon action distributes just the right amount. In 2 to 4 days you'll harvest a bumper crop. The Kitchen Crop sprouter is reusable so you can grow nutritious sprouts year round. Spread out the seeds evenly in the tray (about 1 tablespoon will produce a tray full of sprouts). The quantity of seeds used depends upon your individual requirements. The seeds will expand tremendously when wetted and will occupy approximately four times their initial volume. The water from the cover will flow down automatically from one tray to the next, thanks to the action of the siphon in each tray. At the end of the siphoning process, excess water will collect in the base. Empty the base when top trays are completely drained or before next watering. Depending upon the temperature and the type of seeds being grown, the sprouts should be edible in 2-5 days. If fresh sprouts are not to be consumed the day they are picked, they can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator. Rinse sprouts well under running water before eating. It's Easy: Add seeds. Add water. Enjoy Sprouts!
The Bioset Seed Sprouter is a fun and easy way to have sprouts year-round and can be used for growing alfalfa, radish, mung beans, canola, broccoli, kale, onion, wheat, clover, mustard, cauliflower, fennel, lentils, and adzuki bean. Sunflower and buckwheat are not recommended for use in the Bioset.
• Apparatus (listed in the order the trays are to be stacked from top to bottom):
• One white tray (acts as the water-feeding vessel)—with a white siphon hood.
• Three clear germinating trays—each with a white siphon hood.
• One white tray (acts as the water-collection vessel)—without a white siphon hood. Before use, be sure the unit is on a horizontal surface and all the white siphon hoods are securely in place on the water outlet tubes.
• Seeds: Refer to the chart on page 2 to determine how much seed to use in each tray. Germination may be compromised if you use more than the amount recommended. Remember the seeds will expand when wet and will occupy approximately four times their initial volume.
• Getting started: It is not necessary to soak the seeds before adding them to the Bioset. Spread the recommended amount of seeds evenly in each germinating tray. Stack the germinating trays on top of the base tray. Fill the feeding vessel with water nearly to the top while keeping the outlet hole closed with your finger.
• Watering: The water in the feeding vessel will automatically flow down from one tray to the next, wetting the seeds and encouraging them to germinate. If this action does not take place, there may not have been enough water in the feeding vessel. At the end of the siphoning process, excess water will collect in the base, which should then be emptied. The siphoning process ensures that seeds are properly moistened without being drowned by too much water. Just enough water stays in each germinating tray to provide the humidity required for rapid germination of seeds. Complete the watering process 2 times a day or more. You cannot “over-water” your sprouts. Rinsing frequently ensures the sprouts do not sit in stagnant water.
• Light: Place the Bioset in a spot away from direct sunlight. It is not necessary to germinate seeds in the dark. A kitchen counter is usually an adequate spot.
• Temperature: Maintain a steady temperature throughout the germination process. We recommend 65°F to 75°F.
• Harvest: Depending on the temperature and type of seeds being grown, sprouts should be ready to harvest in 3-10 days. If your sprouts are pale, you may “green” them up by placing them in direct sunlight for a few hours before harvest. Wash the sprouts well before eating, rinsing away the empty hulls. The hulls are not dangerous to eat, but your sprouts will be more palatable without them.
• Sprout storage: If the fresh sprouts are not to be consumed the day they are harvested, they can be kept for a few days in the refrigerator.
• Seed storage: Store sprouting seed in a cool, dry location. It is best to place them in a jar or resealable bag to protect them from excess moisture. For long-term storage (a year or more), put the seeds in a glass jar or resealable bag and place in the freezer.
• Troubleshooting tips: Some sprouts will naturally form fine, white fibrous roots. These roots resemble mildew. If the growth is only on the roots and is very fine and white, do not be concerned. However, if you experience genuine mildew, which is gray and dense, discard the sprouts. Mildew can be overcome by experimenting with the frequency of watering, temperature level, and location of the Bioset. It is also vitally important to start with very clean trays. Some types of sprouts will emit an odor as they sprout. This is particularly true of members of the Brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower and kale). Odor, if any, will occur within the first three days of sprouting. A slight odor is nothing to be concerned about. It can be minimized by frequent watering and by emptying the base tray immediately after each watering. A strong, unpleasant odor indicates the sprouts are not growing and need to be discarded.
• Cleaning the Bioset: The apparatus must be cleaned thoroughly after each use. Use mild dishwashing liquid and warm water, rinsing well with clean, running water. Remove all siphon hoods to ensure they are thoroughly clean and free of all seed remnants. If the apparatus is in constant or very frequent use, you may want to soak the trays in a mixture of vinegar and water. Cleaning the Bioset in the dishwasher is not recommended.
This sprouter is similar to the bioSnacky and Biosta which the latter does not seem to be available anymore. The main difference seems to be the addition of a second tray for water feeding. Basic sprouter for small sprouting needs. The trays need to be rotated daily. Lower trays receive “used” rinsing water from upper trays. Plugs (siphons) tend to get blocked which means supervision is needed when rinsing or one might come back to find their sprouts sitting in a tray full of water. Some seeds like alfalfa will need a water bath after sprouting in the bioSnacky to help remove the hulls. General overview: This sprouter has its limitations but can certainly be a good helper to start off with sprouting.