Taking a shot of wheat grass daily is supposed to do wonders for your overall health and well being. Wheat grass shots are packed with vitamins and nutrients that have been reported to help with preventing illness, improving complexion, boosting energy, etc.
On the downside, a shot of wheat grass from your local Juiceria can set you back $5-6 a pop. As a strong proponent for cost saving DIY’s, I decided to to see if growing wheat grass at home was as easy and cost-effective as some would argue.
- Wheat seeds – Non-GMO, Organic Hard Wheat Seeds from Amazon for $15.99
- Growing tray with drainage holes- I used the Prodyne Appetizer On-ice Tray from Amazon for $31.89. I’ve tried growing wheat grass in soil and hydroponically. I find that growing the wheat grass hydroponically is easier and less messy.
- Juicer – The Original Manual Healthy Juicer from Amazon for $59.95
- Plant Spray Bottle
- Soak 1 cup of dry seed overnight (or up to 10-12 hours) in a sealed container in a dark environment.
- Rinse and drain seeds thoroughly every 5-6 hours for 72 hours- a small shoot should be visible on the first day after soaking and a long root at the end of 72 hours.
- Once the root is approximately half an inch long, give the sprouted wheat grass a thorough rinse.
- Prepare the growing tray by filling the ice-tray portion with water and placing the tray with drainage holes on top (the water level should reach to the bottom of the drainage tray)
- Pot the sprouted what grass evenly throughout the drainage tray. See an instructional video from Chefuality’s YouTube page here.
- Cover the tray with a lid to maintain moisture control.
- Spray sprouted wheat grass twice daily for the first two days after potting.
- Replace the water in ice-tray portion every 2-3 days
- At day 7-10 after sprouting, the wheat grass should be ready to harvest. A quick way to tell if your wheat grass is ready is to check for a split stem.
- Prepare and set-up your Juicer as instructed in the user manual.
- Grab and cut 2 inches above the seed using a pair of kitchen shears.
- Manually juice until you have harvested 3-6 oz of wheat grass juice (hint: 1 full tray will yield approximately 6-10 oz of juice.)
- If you notice white fluffy mold growing on your wheat grass roots, attack immediately with a solution of water and baking soda (add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to one spray bottle of water).
- You can prepare up to 2 harvests with each planting. However, note that the nutritional value of each repeat harvest decreases.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process of preparing and growing my own wheat grass. Watching your baby seeds grow into mature wheat grass is extremely satisfying. For a start-up cost of $108 yielding 20-40 crops and approximately 210 6 oz. shots of wheat grass, it’s not a bad investment. However, I learned that I have low tolerance to straight wheat grass shots (consumption results in nausea and headaches), and I have a hard time stomaching smoothies with wheat grass added. So, while the project was fun, it wasn’t a sustainable way to “live healthier”. Unfortunately, now I have to find a way to feed my fiance 168 shots of wheat grass or all my friends should plan to receive wheat grass sod for Christmas….