EasyGreen sprouter questions...
Before I start my journey into RAW food diet, I have bought the following items:
1. Nesco 4 tray dehydrator
2. Magic Bullet 22 piece set from Costco
I have also done some research on several sprouters/wheatgrasskits and I have some questions that I hope EasyGreen users would answer me.
With respect to sprouters, I'm eyeing on the EasyGreen Mikrofarm (http://www.easygreen.com) automatic sprouter and also read about the competing GoGreen sprouter.
1. EasyGreen automatic sprouter comes with 5 standard trays and 1 big tray. How big are the trays? If I wanted to grow wheatgrass in one of the standard trays, how much ounce do I get to juice? Also, how much can I get from the big tray?
2. It seems I have to allow the sprouts to grow for 5 days and then consume it. Is that right for all sprouted seeds?
3. I'm still skeptical on how the EasyGreen sprouter works indoors when growing wheatgrass. I read on their site that it has a option of growing w/ soil and w/o soil (hydroponic). If growing wheatgrass w/ soil, don't you guys think that the EasyGreen sprouter should be close to the sun but still in shade? What about chlorophyll benefits if kept in kitchen? My kitchen is far from the patio which I think may be a problem.
4. If growing wheatgrass w/o soil, what about the nutients and trace minerals found in Azomite that comes with wheatgrass kits? Do I lose them since there is no soil to grow? I couldn't find any research that backs the claim that wheatgrass grown on soil is more nutritous and healthy than grown w/o soil.
5. GoGreen (http://eatsprouts.com/vitem-spr.html) claims that its sprouter can grow wheatgrass up to 9 inches tall when compared to EasyGreen's which grows only up to 5.5 inches tall. I also read in Ann Wigmore's wheatgrass book that wheatgrass should be grown up to 7 inches tall to get max of the nutrients. I'm confused by this claim. Can somebody clarify or is it a marketing hype?
6. Finally, for the water supply in EasyGreen, is it better to use Mountain Spring water (for e.g Arrowhead)?
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I have an Easy Green and I think that it is more of a pain than it is worth. I have gone to sprouting in bowls and a sprout jar and the results are much better. Although, I haven't tried sprouting wheat grass in the bowl. It didn't work very well in the Easy Green either, but I didn't try it with soil. A few of the reasons are:
-I don't have the space to have it set up next to a sink for constant draining having a bucket below is a lot of maintenance. It you don't empty it constantly it gets really gross.
-My sprouts always seemed to get moldly in the Easy Green. I could find the right frequency of watering to prevent that.
-Refilling the water compartment was also a pain. It is small, so that is a daily task (would also be better if set up next to the sink).
-Wheat grass really doesn't fit in the Easy Green, it grows too tall
-It is hard to clean. Big bugs would find there way into the water compartment and drowned, it was a challenge to try and get them out of it.
I know I didn't directly answer all of your questions, but knowing what I know now, I would have saved the money and passed on the Easy Green.
Thanks for your reply.
Anybody loving EasyGreen sprouters could you please answer my questions? It seems GoGreen product does not seem to be coming from a reputed company.
2. different seeds have different growing times, it all depends on the seed.
Originally Posted by rawfood_newbie
5. If it has space, the wheatgrass will grow to 9 inches but this is more depenend on time than anything special about the GoGreen
6. With all sprouting, the cleaner the water the better, but bottled water has been shown in quite a few studys to be just as good as tap water and is equivielent. I suggest taking tap water and purifiying it.
This probably throws your question off a bit, but I found these when I was looking for less-expensive dehydrator.
I have an Easygreen sprouter an have to agree with Raw Bunny its a bit of a pain. It now is an ornment in my kitchen and hardly used, my main issues are as follows.
It would be best to have the Easygreen unit plumbed because to fill it is a daily task and sometimes messy.
I did plumb a drain onto it as I kept knocking over the waste container I first used.
They drain from a hollow section in the feet but you only use one side at a time and I found the plugged or unused foot was getting stagnet with stale water.
My unit leaks.
I think it is a little to big for a kitchen
I dont think it is good for growing wheatgrass I found grass grown in it always had fungus and was very pale.
I did find it good for quick growing sprouts but anythink over 6 days and they started to rot.
Also live in Ireland and it cost me a small fortune at 242.00 euros which is much too dear.
I hope this information is of some use.
After spending almost three days in the raw kitchen with MaRaw (Anna/Purely Delicious) and seeing her cool Fresh Life sprouter I purchased one myself. It does mung beans quickly. (I have never been able to do mungs successfully despite my multiple attempts, and half the time the ones in the supermarket are yucky.) Perhaps you might want to consider it. It is easy to use. I found the best price for it at www.2-life.com.
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