You guys. I am SO excited about this post. Why? Because I get to share with you a magical app that transformed me from a failed sprouter to a winning sprouter. And who wouldn’t want to master the art of sprouting? Sprouts are sooo good for you! You get tons of living, raw nutrients, vitamins, and protein from these cute little tails that grow on the end of your nut, bean, grain, or veggie!
That’s why I was thrilled when Shae from the Vedge contacted me to see if I wanted to try out the new app she created to help keep sprouting novices like me on track. The idea is that the app will alert you when you need to perform the various tasks required for proper sprouting (rinsing, shaking, etc.). How cool is that? I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it out.
I decided to start with buckwheat because that is the sprout I have attempted most often in the past. But as you can see, they have TONS of options to choose from. And if you don’t see a sprout you want, there’s a tab for you to “Request a Sprout.”
This is what you get when you select your sprout:
Also under Instructions:
And the last section is a box that provides you Nutritional Value. Buckwheat sprouts, the app taught me, “contain 15% protein, as well as calcium, niacin, iron, magnesium phosphorous and potassium. They also have vitamins A, B, C, and E.”
There were only two things that struck me as lacking in the app, and the first one is something I noticed from the start. What equipment did I need to start? I went to Whole Foods, and almost ended up buying a $25 sprouting kit before a Whole Foods worker told me I could just buy a $2 lid and put it on a Ball jar. I was so happy to know that information, and I let Shae know that it would be a good addition. (She agreed, and said it would be on the updated version!)
So the sprouting began. I followed the directions closely, and loved the careful attention to detail. For example, the directions on the app suggest to tilt the jar rather than just hold it upside down when rinsing the water from the jar. This was such a great tip, because there’s a ton of water that will get stuck if it’s not maneuvered correctly.
I loved seeing the little red alert sign on my phone. “Time to rinse!”, it’d tell me. “Why thank you, Sprouts app, I never would have remembered without you!”, I’d reply.
After two days, I had beautiful glorious sprouts overflowing the jar.
You can imagine my excitement when seeing these beautiful sprouts, and after finding out how truly delicious they tasted! So fresh! I felt instantly energized after having a handful. Mike had a bunch on his hummus wrap, and I added some to a bowl of greens n’ peas. (But my favorite was just grabbing them by the handful as a snack on their own!).
I wasn’t 100% sure that they should be stored in the fridge, so I had to look that up on the interweb. I mentioned that to Shae and she said she’d definitely make that addition on the next update.
Overall, this app was thus far the only thing that has actually enabled me to properly execute the harvesting of sprouts. If you’re interested in healthy eating or practicing DIY growing, I highly recommend giving it a try!
And guess what? You have the chance to get this app for free! Shae’s offering two free subscriptions to two lucky winners. Here’s how you enter:
1. Comment below telling me if you ever tried sprouting before.
2. Tweet this post saying something like: “Enter to win a free Sprouting app from @shaedesign at the @rebelgrrlkitchn: http://tinyurl.com/basm92r” Follow both of us while you’re there!
3. Repost this link on your Facebook.
(Make sure you leave a comment for each step you take!)
Comments close on Sunday, November 15th, at 8pm. Winner will be announced on Monday.