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Sprouting Fail to Sprouting Win…

I’m a weirdo. I absolutely love vegetables and sprouts are definitely one of my favorites, especially while re-lactating, as they can actually help to improve my breast milk supply when I eat sprouts like red clover blossom, fenugreek and alfalfa. I just love sprouts though. Especially on sandwiches, in wraps or I will even munch on them plain! My youngest kid must be like me because I can hand her a bowl of sprouts and a fork and she’ll eat it like spaghetti, twisting her fork and slurping them up. There were a few problems with it though.

  1. Sprouts are reallyyyyyy expensive here. A small 8oz container at the stores here could run as much as $6.
  2. Sprouts are reallyyyyy hard to find here. No joke. Nine times out of ten, I’d go to the produce section and wouldn’t be able to find any sprouts of any kind. It’s kind of depressing, but I guess they’d be a more fragile produce item to transport to Alaska.

Because of these two things, I decided to start sprouting myself. It’s actually really simple and I didn’t even buy any special gear. Just a few mason jars and some plastic mesh. Maybe I’ll write up a tutorial on that soon. The problem I kept having though, was that the water would pool at the neck of the jar and my sprouts would rot. I am not kidding when I tell you that they rotted. They were full on rotting. It smelled like something died in my kitchen. I was rinsing them twice a day and setting them to drain, but I just couldn’t figure out the best way to do it. It was pretty hit and miss. Some batches, I guess I had them lined up perfectly, yet the next batch I would do what I thought was the exact same thing, and my sprouts would rot.

Needless to say, it was frustrating.

Initially, I had two jars propped up in an aluminum bowl like this, which was fine and dandy the first batch… But not the second… or third… or fourth…

After three &*%&()* batches of sprouts that were rotting and getting nasty within just days, I decided to go for plan B. I found a long narrow container in the home department at Fred Meyer that looked as though it would fit perfectly. It worked great at first.

The first few days it was great. The water drained. The seeds started sprouting. Then they started growing. I thought we were in the clear. Then, of course, it all went south. As soon as the sprouts were about half-way done, they started blocking the holes in the mesh, which was directly pressed against the bottom of the container. Cue more rotting sprouts.

At this point, I considered building some kind of little miniature wooden table to fit over the long container with holes for the necks of the jars, but I just never got around to doing it. I was about ready to give up. Then, while washing my pump pieces, I realized that my Boon Countertop Drying rack was sturdy, solid, and well-aerated. Perhaps that would work for sprouting seeds without the issues I was having previously.

 

I gave it a shot. The sprouts turned out perfect. Nervous it was just a fluke like my last “perfect” batch, I tried again a few times. It worked perfectly every single time!

Happy Sprouting!

 

*Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post, nor did I recieve any complimentary products. I have purchased this item on my own, with my own money. My opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced and are my own. This post contains affiliate links.4

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Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

I have been nursing, pumping and exclusively pumping for the vast majority of the last 9 years. If there’s one thing that drives me batty, it’s wet pump pieces when I’m ready for my next pumping session. This was especially true when I was (and currently am) exclusively pumping. It’s a pain to have to wipe down all my pump pieces just to dry them before I use them and wash them again. I found that most traditional bottle drying racks didn’t really work for pump pieces, and they definitely didn’t work well when I switched to using freemie cups exclusively. So what’s a pumping mom to do?

The Boon Countertop Drying Grass is the answer to those problems! This versatile, well-ventilated drying rack really helped me maintain my sanity while exclusively pumping for 14 months, as well as while exclusively pumping to re-lactate (currently)! I’d probably have lost my mind long ago wiping down parts, especially considering we don’t buy paper towels and rags stay wet longer than I’d like! Needless to say, the Boon Countertop Drying grass is perfect.

The grass is available in white and green, but let’s be real here. Who the heck has white grass? The green one is way cuter. They also make varying sizes, including a small one, a large one and a “patch,” for smaller odds and ends, bits and pieces.

Boon Drying “Patch”
Boon Drying “Lawn”

 

Technically, the one I have is the “Lawn” version, while the smaller one is the “grass” and the little strip (as shown above) is the “patch.” I splurged and treated myself to the “Lawn” and I’m glad I did because it fits all of my pieces perfectly.

As you can see, I can fit all of the pieces from my Freemie cups, and my Medela harmony all on one drying rack, with room to spare! It works perfectly and doesn’t look like the hot mess of a towel folded on the counter that I was using previously.

The little “blades” of grass are a semi-flexible hard plastic and separate from the white portion of the product. The white portion acts as a reservoir to catch any water that falls from whatever is drying. You MUST clean this periodically. I clean mine once or twice a week just with a dish brush and hot soapy water. How often you need to clean it will depend greatly on how often you use it. If you don’t clean it though, the water below the grass gets pretty nasty, slimy and gross, so make sure to do it.

I don’t currently have any, but Boon also has a line of add-ons for the drying grass, allowing you to extend your drying space upwards through the use of little trees, flowers and butterflies from which you can hang things.

Pretty nifty, hey? I love these things. While I haven’t used the add-ons, I am hoping to add some to my collection to dry my membranes and valves a little more quickly than the grass does on its own!

The best part about the Boon Countertop Drying Rack is that is has multiple uses. Yeah, I use mine for my breast pump pieces, tons of moms do, but really, it can be used for anything. Baby bottles. Breast pump pieces. Silverware. Normal dishes like cups, plates and bowls. Even cooler though, is a secret use I found for it! I had so many issues trying to sprout seeds at home where the water would collect too much and my sprouts would rot… The Boon Countertop Drying Rack worked PERFECTLY! So now, I can use it for my pump pieces, or for sprouting, or even both!

Fenugreek sprouts

 

Overall Rating: 4.6 Stars

Fulfills Purpose Well
Design & Visual Appeal
Ease of use
Affordability
Earth-Friendliness

Fulfills Purpose Well:

The Boon Countertop Drying Grass was a sanity saver for me. It does an excellent job keeping items well ventilated, suspended (so that water isn’t pooling at the bottom) and quickly drying pieces.

Design & Visual Appeal

The Boon Countertop Drying Grass is super cute and has adorable add-ons available. Seriously! Who doesn’t want a beautiful piece of lawn adorned with butterflies, trees and flowers in their kitchen?

Ease of Use

The Boon Countertop Drying Grass is super easy to use and only has two pieces (unless you get some add-ons). It requires little maintainence, just the occasional washing and draining necessary to prevent stagnant water in the resevoir.

Affordability

Initially, I thought the Boon Countertop Drying Grass was a little expensive, however, I did buy the largest model available (“lawn”). After using it for over two years, I’m well-convinced that while it is a bit pricier than other bottle drying racks, the quality makes it worth it.

Earth Friendliness

Given that the Boon Countertop Drying Grass prevents me from using paper towels to dry my pieces, as well as prevents me from having to use (and wash) several rags a day, I’d say that it’s fairly eco-friendly.

*Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post, nor did I recieve any complimentary products. I have purchased this item on my own, with my own money. My opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced and are my own. This post contains affiliate links.4

 

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