Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Basics - Growing Your Own Bean Sprouts

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.

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