How to grow Bean Sprouts
using Mung Beans and Lentils
If you want to learn how to grow bean sprouts then either mung beans or lentils make a good choice for your first go at sprouting. These are two of the easiest and tastiest beans to sprout. I enjoy eating them raw, but if this is hard on your digestion then you may prefer to steam them.
Mung Bean Sprouts
My favorite is the mung bean sprout. Not the lovely long straight sprouts that are often used in Chinese cooking, but small juicy ones that are quick and easy to grow at home.
All types of whole lentils sprout easily, and are tasty when young and fresh with a more earthy taste than crisp sweet mung bean sprouts. Eat them when the sprout is roughly the same length as the bean. You can eat them when they're longer, they just don't taste so good!
How to sprout mung beans and lentils
- A medium size bowl - pyrex bowls work great, or a sprouting jar.
- A dark airy kitchen cupboard.
How to sprout
- Measure out half a cup of mung beans or lentils, rinse and check for small stones.
- Pour them into your bowl or jar, and cover with twice the amount of water. In the winter when my house is cool and I find soaking the beans in warm water helps them to germinate.
- Place in a warm dark airy cupboard overnight or for 8-12 hours.
- After 12 hours - usually the following morning, drain and rinse the beans. They will have soaked up a lot of the water and be looking plump. Give them a good rinse, until the water runs clean. Either use a sieve or a clean hand to stop them escaping down the drain.
- Place the well drained beans back in the dark cupboard to sprout.
- Rinse twice a day, morning and night, until the bean sprout is the same size as the bean. Be sure to drain them well after rinsing. They are usually ready after two to five days, and can take even less in hot weather.
- It's a good idea to check your sprouted beans for "hard beans". These small hard beans may be found lurking at the bottom of the bowl or jar, and are those beans that haven't sprouted. They make a distinctive rattling sound when you gently swirl the bowl, and can be as hard a little stones. If you are worried about damaging your teeth then I recommend you pour the bean sprouts out into a tray or large bowl and give them a thorough checking over. Some batches of mung beans I've sprouted have been prone to this, while others haven't have any.
- Bean sprouts are great for snacks and salads, and make a tasty addition to nearly every meal.
- Sprouts store well in a sealed container in the fridge. They should stay fresh for up to 5 days, and will continue growing slowly .
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