You’ve made it through the first few weeks of the microgreen growing process and are now ready to harvest and make the most of your delicious results. Before starting the process of harvesting your microgreens there are a few tips to help you fully enjoy, capture the most flavor, and increase the storage life of your microgreens.
How to Harvest and Store your Microgreens:
- Make sure your microgreens are ready for harvest
- Gather harvest and storage supplies
- Wash your hands, supplies, and harvest area
- Use sharp scissors, blade, or shears to cut your microgreens
- Wash and dry your microgreens
- Store your microgreens
Making sure your Microgreens are ready for harvest
Before you begin cutting your microgreens you should ensure no mold has grown on them and they are ready for harvest. The harvest time depends on the type of microgreen you are growing, but the average harvest period is around 2 weeks. You can referrer to our Microgreen Grow Time Chart to easily identify if your microgreens are ready for harvest so you don’t harvest too early. Harvesting at the right time will provide you with the best flavor and the longest storage life.
Tips for making sure your microgreens are ready for harvest:
- Make sure no mold has grown on your microgreens
Note: If you suspect mold forming on your microgreens, do not eat them and try the growing process again. Luckily the harvest period is very short! You can learn how to prevent mold from forming on your microgreens here.
- Referrer to our Microgreen Grow Time Chart
- The average harvest time is around 2 weeks
- Wait until the first set of real leaves have formed
- Make sure they are not too wet
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Supplies for Harvesting your Microgreens
While growing and harvesting microgreens can require minimal supplies, having the right growing supplies will make it much easier during the harvesting process and helps increases storage life.
Below we offer insight into 3 different tools recommended for cutting your microgreens, two storage methods to help increase storage life, and other growing supplies to make your harvest process as easy as possible.
- Microgreen Scissors, blade, or Microgreen Shears
- Paper towels (for drying)
- Gloves (for food safety)
- Strainer (for washing)
- Salad Spinner (for easy drying/mixing)
- Plastic Storage Container (container method)
- Plastic Ziploc Bags (plastic bag method)
Clean your hands, tools, and environment
Having a clean environment when harvesting your microgreens is an important food safety measure. By preparing and cleaning your hands, harvest area, and related harvest supplies you can decrease the chances of food born illnesses.
Tips to keeping your harvest area clean harvest:
- Wash all items used for harvesting
- Wash your hands
- Clean the area you are using for harvesting
- Prevent soil contamination
Use SHARP scissors, shears or to cut your microgreens
Before you begin the process of cutting your microgreens, it is best to ensure the blade you are using is sharp, regardless of what tool you use. Having a sharp blade will ensure your microgreens don’t get pinched during the harvesting process and will help increase storage life.
Cut above the soil line
Regardless of the tool you choose to cut your microgreens, you will make to make sure you cut right above the soil line and make sure you don’t pull on them.
How to cut with Scissors or Shears
How to cut with a Chef’s Blade
Remove the hulls from your Microgreens
Storing your Microgreens
Plastic Container Storage
Plastic Bag Storage
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