HomeTown Seeds: 3-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter Review and Giveaway

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Last year I played with sprouting seeds in a mason jar to hold me and the kids over during the winter until it was time to start growing for the following spring.  The process worked great but I ended up with way more sprouts than I could consume and most of the sprouts were wasted.  One option was to use smaller jars and stagger the starting of the seeds, but this would leave me to fill and drain 3-4 jars a couple of days.

Fortunately Hometown Seeds has a product (3-Tray Kitchen Sprouter) that solves these problems for me and when they asked it I would want to review this product I jumped at the chance.

The kit comes with 3 trays and a packet of 2 oz of organic alfalfa seeds, which you can fill each with a half of tablespoon of seeds to get a full tray full of sprouts in 2-3 days.  Each tray is easily removable so you can choose to create 3 trays worth of sprouts at a time or create start a new tray every day to always have a fresh supply of sprouts.

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After you have added the seeds you put the pieces together and simply fill the top reservoir with water and the sprouter does the rest.  The sprouter uses a syphon technique to allow the tray to partially fill with water before draining to the tray below it, to repeat the process for any other trays you have.

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Here you can see the syphoning in action.

I have not tried it myself but I don’t see any reason if you bought multiple kits and stack them as high as you want and have a sprouting factory on your kitchen counter.

Overall I was very impressed with the sprouter it was easy to use and entertaining for my 6-year-old to watch the water drain through the various levels.  Also produced clean quality sprouts without making a mess all over the kitchen counter.  The only negative observation is sometimes the seeds/sprouts can clog the syphon if too many get packed together.  Fortunately when this happened to me, I simply removed the plastic syphon cap and pushed away a few of the seed/sprouts blocking the drain and didn’t have any problems after that, but something to keep an eye on.

Here are some sprouts I after growing for 2 days…tomorrow they will go on some sandwiches.

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Hometown Seeds has also graciously offered one of these sprouting systems to readers of CVG, so if you are in the continental United States, just enter a comment below and I will pick a winner at random in one week (9/18/2010 Midnight PST)

57 Responses to “HomeTown Seeds: 3-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter Review and Giveaway”

  1. stella Says:

    cool. enter me in the give away please.


  2. Sandy Says:

    I’d love to try seed sprouting. Sprouts are expensive when bought at the market


  3. Allan Says:

    I can’t wait to start growing sprouts in such an easy system.


  4. DK Says:

    That looks so neat and super easy. Yay for science! They sell nice sized packages of sprouting seeds on their site, too. I will keep a bookmark there for future reference.


  5. Nancy Says:

    Sprouts from my own kitchen would be great!


  6. Matthew Says:

    How fun! And nutritious. Sprouting at home made so easy and reliable; I cannot see why anyone out there would NOT want one. Thanks for the informative review.


  7. Norix Says:

    I would love to try, those sprouts look delicious!


  8. Andee Says:

    That sounds like a great products.


  9. Cindy Says:

    I’ve used another sprouter that’s square and doesn’t have a syphon. Love to try this one. Enter me please. Thanks.


  10. Calvin Says:

    That looks awesome!


  11. Mel Says:

    Awesome. I’d love to try sprouting – I’m already having visions of sprout/hummus/tomato sandwiches. Mmmmm.


  12. PeeKay Says:

    I would like to try this. I usually use a old handkerchief and keep misting it through the day. This would greatly simplify my life.


  13. Harriet Says:

    This sounds like my kind of product!

    I have the plastic screen tops for mason jars, but finding a way to support them so they’ll drain, but not be upside down, and remembering to rinse them has been enough to keep me from using them much.


  14. HappyOrange Says:

    Wow! Fresh, home grown sprouts sound great. Enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for a great blog.


  15. Keri-Ann Says:

    I have a jar. I used it a few times but mostly forgot to rinse the seeds and now it sits in the back of my cupboard. Your pictures have motivated me to try it again, but I’m more motivated to win your giveaway!


  16. Steve Says:

    Looks like a nice product.


  17. bcolflesh Says:

    Looks good, I love sprouts.


  18. Melody D Says:

    I’ve been meaning to buy and actual sprouter. Please put me in for the giveaway 🙂
    Thanks for doing this!


  19. Becky Says:

    That sure looks easy, makes me want to try it !


  20. Aimee Says:

    Cool, would love to try this!


  21. Red Icculus Says:

    I love sprouts. I want to buy a sprouter better than a mason jar, but can’t afford it right now. Thanks for your review and giveaway!


  22. zzipper Says:

    ..ahh sprouts.. so much better than lettuce on my sandwiches.. the Kitchen Sprouter looks like a great helper!


  23. Kristina Says:

    That’s super cool! I love sprouts on sandwiches. Thanks for the review.


  24. Rob Says:

    Very similar to my sprouter. I love sporuting. It makes me feel like a successful gardener!


  25. Jason Says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been thinking about getting one of these for awhile. Maybe now I can win one instead 😉


  26. Kenneth Finnegan Says:

    Sweet. Much better solution than paper towels.


  27. Sandy Says:

    I’d love to give sprouting a try!


  28. Molly On Money Says:

    I want me some free sprouty seeds! Please….


  29. Tammy Says:

    I would love to try this!


  30. bookaunt Says:

    Do enter me in the drawing. I was wondering if this setup would be less likely to support the growth of salmonella that has been reported in alfalfa sprouts?


  31. Chris Alkire Says:

    It would be nice to add a little home grown sprouts to my dreary Seattle kitchen this winter.


  32. Ben Czajkowski Says:

    Wooooo sprouts! Sign me up 🙂


  33. meemsnyc Says:

    Oh wow, this looks awesome. And I love alfalfa sprouts! Yummy.


  34. robin Says:

    oooh, this looks terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!


  35. Tammy Says:

    That does looks awesome – I have never heard of this seed sprouter!


  36. schazamp Says:

    I tried the mason jar method, too, with similar results. I’d love to give this thing a try, so sign me up for the giveaway!


  37. Keith Says:

    Sprouts are a great idea for the winter!


  38. Nick Kaczmar Says:

    Love me some sprouts.


  39. dave Says:

    I would like to try this out.


  40. Deana Wood Says:

    What a great idea! What a fun way to get kids to eat healthier, too. I have found that if they help grow it they are more likely to eat it.


  41. Joe Says:

    This sounds cool. Is it cost effect compared to the other methods.

    Please sign me up too.


  42. Lisa Says:

    Great post. Love sprouts on salads and sandwiches.


  43. Ragnar Says:

    mumble, mumble… continental United States… grumble. Ah, well, have luck!


  44. melissa Says:

    It looks like a easy way to make your own sprouts.


  45. Lindsey Says:

    So neato! I’d love to try out this contraption!


  46. Mary C. Says:

    WooHoo sign me up! I’ve had a packet of spouts I’ve been meaning to use for a year and haven’t gotten around to because, well it seemed like a pain :/ This would definitely help! Thanks!


  47. Dayna Says:

    Enter me please 🙂


  48. Vineet Says:

    In for the giveaway 🙂


  49. Bob Says:

    Sounds like a fantastic gadget! Yes, please sign me up.


  50. thyme2garden Says:

    I looked into getting a sprouting setup going in the kitchen, but realized that it would be difficult to tend to the sprouting jars since I work out of state during the week. Something like this would be great and much easier for my boyfriend to take care of during my absence!


  51. Emrikol Says:

    Random comment for giveaway!


  52. zac collins Says:

    wow.. how cool is this and my girls can grow there own lunch!


  53. Veronica Says:

    Wow this is so cool! I usually use a jar when I do this, but I’d love to try something like this out. Thanks for the heads-up!


  54. Theresa N Says:

    I’d love to try it.


  55. Gavin Says:

    This looks great. I like to have bean sprouts for making my own Phad Thai, but the bulk sprouts at the store just look dangerous to eat. Making them myself would allow me to have Phad Thai more often!


  56. Katie Says:

    Such a cool product!!


  57. TEA Says:

    I’ve wondered if my kitchen would work for sprouts. Please enter me in the giveaway.


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