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10 bags per "box"
Bags are re-usable.
|These bags are amazing! We have tested sprouts, fruits and veges. We had Cilantro in one of these bags for a month! Plastic bags will still do for storing your sprouts, but if you want the best - for every sprout, fruit and vegetable - try these! You know us, we don't sell stuff just to sell it - these really are awesome. The bags is widely reviewed (positively), and like we said above - our personal experience is great, so we think it is a good bet you'll be happy with them.
The manufacturer says: Most fruit and vegetables release ethylene gas after harvest. Exposure of the produce to the gas accelerates aging and ultimate deterioration. PEAKfresh ® Produce Bags remove ethylene gas to prolong the life and freshness of the produce.
Unlike ordinary plastic bags, PEAKfresh ® Produce Bags 'breathe' so that damaging gases produced by the fresh produce are removed.
PEAKfresh® bags are USA FDA approved, comply with current EU Directives and approved by Swiss, Austrian, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Authorities.
All PEAKfresh® mineral impregnated bags are certified for packaging organically grown produce (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements )
1. Home Gardeners: pre-cool freshly harvested produce in refrigerator for a couple of hours before storage in PEAKfresh ® Produce Bags.
2. Produce to be stored should be fresh and undamaged.
3. Use a separate bag for each type of produce. Produce must be dry.
4. Expel air from the bag and close it using the enclosed ties and store in refrigerator.
5. Storage of mushrooms and ripe bananas in PEAKfresh ® Produce Bags for more than a few days is not recommended. Do not store whole pumpkin or onions. Mushrooms should be stored in a paper bag and then into a PEAKfresh ® bag for added freshness.
6. Wash and dry bag thoroughly before re-use. Bags can be re-used for up to two months.
Eat More Sprouts + Grow More Often!
Before moving your sprouts to that big cool box in your kitchen, they should be dry to the touch. In most cases we let our sprouts sit for 8-12 hours after their final rinse, and extremely thorough drain before we refrigerate them, but if our salad spinner can contain them, we use it. Another option for centrifugal drying is the Hemp Bag because it is easy and fun to swing around - though you should do it outside unless your trying to show your kids a good time.
There is no quicker way to kill produce than to refrigerate it wet, so make sure that your sprouts are reasonably dry before you refrigerate them.
You can transfer them to a plastic bag, use a special produce bag or use your sprouter for storage, or you can use a glass or plastic container. The Easy Sprout is an excellent storage vessel for any sprout - and any vegetable as well.
We almost always seal our sprouts - we do not let them "breathe" - that just drys them out. But If your sprouts are wetter than you think they should be, or they are warm when you refrigerate them, go ahead and punch a few holes in the bag - it won't hurt in that case and it may help a lot. Once they are cool and dry you can seal them in a new bag or another container.
Your home grown sprouts should easily keep for weeks (depending on the type of sprout) in the refrigerator.
Harvest your Greens
Cut your Greens off at "soil" level with a nice sharp scissors or knife. Put them in a plastic bag - or something else if you like - and refrigerate them. Do not refrigerate them wet - they will perish in less time than sprouts!
As a rule you water your Greens at least 12 hours before cutting and likely more like 24 hours, so they won't be wet. If you've grown a sparse crop you won't have to wait as long.
The Greens to be cautious about as regards dampness are, Micro-Greens, Mesculin Sprout Garden and Buckwheat Lettuce. These are all fine, tender plants that are more water than plant matter. You will rarely have a problem with Greens like Sunflower or Pea Shoots.
So - you cut your dry but internally moist Greens off and refrigerate them. The Pea Shoots will last for many weeks. The Sunflower and Buckwheat Lettuce and all the rest will go limp after 7-10 days and though they'll still taste good you'll miss their terrific texture. These are really a gourmet item - so treat them as such.
Eat More Greens + Grow More Often!
Cut Your Grass
Grass will never be wet unless you water it right before harvest. Just cut it off close to the soil and either refrigerate it or even better: Juice it Fresh.
Grass really should be juiced while fresh - it tastes better and common sense tells us that it is more nutritious.
Drink Your Grass + Grow More Often!
If you are traveling you need to either eat your sprouts and skip storage or you can use some ice. Be careful not to freeze the sprouts - the little ones are especially easy to freeze. Since cool air falls you can put your sprouts - in a bag - on the bottom of a container (like an ice bucket), cover the bag with a few layers of newspaper or the like and put ice on top of that.
We do not have any information to speak of on freezing sprouts. We have been growing fresh sprouts since 1993, so we never have a shortage of fresh sprouts - so why bother freezing them? Obviously small, thin sprouts will be pretty pathetic if frozen, so if you must - freeze bean sprouts - but plan on cooking them - their texture will be less than crunchy.
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