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How to grow your own sprouts at home in the Freshlife FL-3000

One of my favorite devices that's come in handy during lockdown is my sprout-growing machine, the Freshlife FL-3000, which enables me to have a consistent healthy source of vitamins at home without trips to the grocery store.

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The Tribest Freshlife FL-3000 is a simple device that allows you to grow up to three "barrels" of sprouts at a time -- and you can grow just about any kind of sprouts you could want. 

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To grow a batch of sprouts, first fill the basin with water. The pump is housed in the bottom.

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Add your barrel on top of that. Inside your barrel, load one of the black plastic disc layers to spread your seeds out on. I'm using broccoli sprout seeds, but alfalfa sprouts and others work great too.

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I sprinkle my seeds at about this density. You want them evenly distributed so the sprouts are thick but have just enough space.

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Pro tip: Spraying food-grade hydrogen peroxide on your seeds and discs will reduce your risk of developing any mold before it's time to harvest.

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Layer another plastic disc over top of the one with your seeds. Sprouts need to push up on something above them (like soil) to stimulate growth.  

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Attach the spinning water sprayer on top of the pipe from the pump at the bottom.

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Plug it in near a window and turn it on. The sprayer should start spinning and sprinkling water down on the sprout disc area right away.  

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The FL-3000 will sprinkle water for about 5 minutes every 20 minutes, which is ideal for your sprouts' growth.

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After about three to five days you'll notice that your sprouts look ready to harvest. I tend to twist my "barrel" around a few times over those last few days to get sunshine on each side of the circle before I open it up.

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Lift off the top disc to check your sprouts below. Don't forget to turn off the machine before you open it up, lest you get covered in water!

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As you can see, the sprouts closer to the perimeter are greener from their sun exposure. 

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I have been storing my sprouts in a reused container from the store. 

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One clump at a time, you can gingerly remove your fresh sprouts from the barrel.

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The roots have usually gotten pretty attached to the holes in the bottom disc, so you've got to be firm when pulling them out.

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I put a wet piece of paper towel on the bottom. (I put one on top of the sprouts sometimes, too.)

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The sprouts from one barrel's worth of growth will last me for at least four to five salads... which is great because my next batch will be ready in four to five days.

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Washing this bottom disc is a real pain.  

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It's dishwasher safe, but I try to get as much of the sprout material as possible out of there before putting running it through my machine.

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If you you don't finish your sprouts before the next batch is ready to harvest, leftovers can be frozen and added to green smoothies for added vitamins at a later date.  

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