Buying equipment was not an option since this was crying out for DIY free or at least cheap solutions.
Thinkenstein brought me to try out his hanging sprout jars:
The jars with the screen in the lid work pretty well, but the hanging-version included a little too much wire bending for me. I´m really lazy. Also I wanted some detachable solution for an easier cleaning of the jars.
So here is what I came up with after thinking about it for a while:
A rubber holder with a keyring for easy handling
- one size fits different (sizes of) jars or can be custom build for larger or smaller jars
- easy to attach and to remove for cleaning
- easily adaptable for hanging the jars upright or upside down
- built in minutes
- no special tools needed, only some scissors
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- a piece of bicycle inner tube
- (optional) keyrings
- (optional) hooks
Step 2: The Right Length
Rule of thumb: diameter of the jar plus one inch (or 2.5 cm) worked fine for me.
Step 6: Cutting It Right
This is a really important step, if you leave the ends of the slit raw, it is very likely that your piece of rubber will tear apart once you stretch it!
Step 7: Hanger
Fold the rubber sheet again and cut out a half circle. If you just cut a slit into it, the rubber will rip.
Step 8: Fine Tuning
Your result should now somehow look like this, probably a lot nicer ;-) (I had an idea and just made it quick and dirty...)
Optionally attach a keyring now. It will work without, but it makes the handling a lot more comfortable.
Step 9: Finished / How to Use
Make sure the size fits really tightly, so your jars won´t slip out of it.
Rubber is very stretchable and robust (to a certain degree...).
But if it won´t fit nicely at all, just build a smaller or larger version.
Now enjoy your fresh sprouts and be sure to check out Thinkensteins other great ´ibles (and mine, too ;-) )!