The Basics - Growing Your Own Bean Sprouts
The best things in the world are either homemade or homegrown - even sprouts.
These mung bean sprouts are great in salads, on sandwiches or in your own Homemade Egg Rolls
|The outer shell begins to split and the sprouts begin to grow|
Instructions: Use a quart size canning jar. Pour 1 cup of dry mung beans into the canning jar and cover with clean filtered water (see the first picture above). Soak the beans in this water for 1 day and then drain. (To drain you can buy a mesh lid that fits a canning jar as seen in these pictures or just hold a mesh strainer on top of the jar when draining the water). Cover with a cloth - the sprouts need to be in the dark. For the next 4 to 5 days rinse and immediately drain the beans 3 times each day (and keep the jar covered with a cloth when you are not rinsing).
Now your sprouts should be ready!
Important: Some experts have found that mold can grow on sprouts (homegrown and store bought both have this mold possibility). I always rinse my sprouts with a little hydrogen peroxide and then thoroughly with water before consuming.
NOTE: I used 2 cups of Mung beans and that ended up being too much for a quart size jar. In the picture above I had to put the sprouts into 2 jars before they had completely finished growing.