A few months ago, our good friends convinced us to get a juicer, they recommended the Omega 8006, which has fabulous reviews across the board. We opted for the Omega 8003, mostly because I was able to find it barely used for less than half the price – love me a good deal! The biggest difference between the two is the color – they have the same motor, and a few parts made of different materials.
There are many different methods and time tables online on how to grow your wheatgrass. The truth is, there isn’t one right way to grow it. If you can get your grass to grow tall and green, you’re golden. I’ll just show you how I like to grow my wheatgrass.
- a jar, container, or bowl to soak seeds in – I use a mason jar
- a cookie sheet – I use the disposable sheets that come in 2-packs from the dollar store (so that when I get lazy I can just throw it away)
- wheat berries – I get mine in bulk from Winco, but they are available in any grocery store
- dirt – nothing fancy here – just dig something up from the backyard
- a black garbage bag or newspaper
- tulle scraps – completely optional, but makes rinsing and draining seeds in a mason jar quick and easy (I’ll show you later)
- a spray bottle – also optional, but makes watering easy
Rinse every 12 hours. You will see the seeds begin to sprout!
Planting day! When the sprouts are as long as the seeds, you are ready to plant!
Give them one more rinse, keeping them a little wet.
Line your cookie sheet with dirt, and get it nice and damp.
Dump your seeds out…
… and spread across, making sure NOT to overcrowd! You want the seeds right next to each other but NOT on top of each other.
The first time I grew wheatgrass I overcrowded some of my flats and saw a huge difference in growth. Here’s a comparison taken at day 7-8ish – both of these flats were planted at the same time. The one on the right was overcrowded and is much less full and quite a bit shorter than the flat on the left. Don’t be tempted to pile on your seeds!
After you have spread out the seeds, cover them with a black garbage bag. You want to block out all of the light so that the seeds put down strong roots first, rather than growing up.
Some people use damp newspaper instead of a bag – it works the same. I prefer the garbage bag because it is easier to take off when I need to water, it’s clean – and I can use it again and again.
Water as needed. Keep damp, but not wet. Wheatgrass will mold very easily if it is too wet.
I like to use a spray bottle to water – but a little cup of water will do just fine, too.
If your wheatgrass does mold – it’s okay. Just make sure that you cut above the mold when you harvest your wheatgrass. You might loose a inch or so of grass, but it is not worth throwing out for.
Once your grass is 2-3 inches tall, it’s time to remove your cover! It will green up in a matter of hours after being exposed to light!
Day 9 – 14
Water as needed.
Try to store the grass in the same direction – as much as possible. It will make juicing easier and more efficient.
You can store your harvested wheatgrass in the fridge for a week. Keep it covered or in a plastic bag.
There are many conflicting sources – but wheatgrass juice is best fresh. Some say you should drink it within 6 minutes of juicing, others say up to 48 hours. We keep our grass in the fridge and juice it right before we are going to drink it.
I find that running the pulp through one time pulls out a lot more juice – don’t forget to run it through again.