Cleaning Microgreens is indeed a delicate and rather soggy and messy process and it leads to doubt whether or not to wash them before use.
Fresh foods need to be washed before consumption to ensure modern food hygiene guidelines. Even if packed foods are sold at markets and carry labels that they have been washed, yet it is necessary to wash them before usage.
How to clean or wash Micrograms?
It is necessary to monitor the amount of water that touches the Microgreens.
It is better to avoid making use of a heavy faucet spray while washing Microgreens. Adjust the force of the kitchen sprayer so that it forms as a soft mist if this is indeed possible. Or perhaps go in for a spray bottle of freshwater that can be made use of to wash the delicate leaves.
Also never soak Microgreens in water for a long period of time. A quick mist with the help of a faucet spray can be used to wash and then dry them immediately. Make use of Microgreens immediately after washing. If A person tries to refrigerate wet Microgreens, then there will be a soggy mess in a matter of hours. So, use up or even discards any washed Microgreens.
A salad spinner is good to make use of washing salad greens. It is possible to wash Microgreens such as broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, and radish. Shake off any excess dripping water and then gave them a 30-second spin. They will be dry enough to be served.
Depending on how the microgreens will be used, it is better to place the spun Microgreens on a dry paper towel and then finish off air drying for a few minutes.
In case extra protection for the Microgreens is required and more absorption provides for, then line the salad spinner with the help of a paper towel and try to loosely fold over the top of Microgreens, and then spin as usual. This helps to keep the stems from bunching up at the sides or even end up through the spinner draining slits.
It is also possible to mist tiny leaves and delicate Microgreens to wash. If the leaves of the Microgreens are too tiny and will slip past the slits in a salad spinner, you could fill a spray mist bottle with fresh water and gently mist the Microgreens. Strain out any excess water that is present and then lays misted Microgreens on one half of a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Fold over the other half and gently pat the Microgreens dry.
Similar methods of washing can be carried out for larger leaf Microgreens such as sunflower and pea shoots along with petite and baby leaf greens.
Most Microgreen seeds are easy to use, yet some such as sunflower and pea shoots, need to be cleaned and soaked before planting. Cleaning up the seeds will reduce potential mold problems. Soaking does soften up the outer shell, making it thus easier for the root to breakthrough. Cleaning the seeds ensures strong healthy greens!