March 3, 2023
Bean sprouts are a highly nutritious vegetable made from sprouting the seeds of mung beans, chickpeas, or other beans. They are high in vitamins and minerals, fibers, and proteins and can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. They are an excellent addition to salads, stir-fries, soups, and more.
Bean sprouts are a versatile and delicious addition to many dishes. Whether you’re looking to add crunch to salads, stir-fry’s, or sandwiches, these unassuming sprouts can definitely bring it! Best of all, they are also easy to grow and don’t require much time or effort. Follow these simple steps to grow your own bean sprouts!
Before you start growing, you’ll need to gather a few important items. Any variety of bean will work, but the most popular types are mung, lentil, and adzuki beans. You’ll also need a jar with a tight-fitting lid and some cloth, coffee filter, or cheesecloth to cover the top of the jar. Finally, some water, patience, and a bit of creativity will help make your sprouts even better!
Once your supplies are gathered, it’s time to prepare the beans for sprouting. Place the beans in the jar and cover them with water. Secure the lid and leave the jar somewhere out of direct sunlight for 8-12 hours. This will soften the beans and make them ready to sprout.
Once your beans have soaked, it’s time to begin growing your sprouts. Cover the jar with the cloth or coffee filter, and secure it with the lid. Each day, remove the lid and cloth and rinse the beans in cool water. Note that the water should run clear and beans should not be slimy. Replace the cover, and repeat for about 5-7 days until you’re ready to harvest your sprouts.
Once your sprouts have reached the desired length (typically 1-3 inches depending on the type of bean), it’s time to harvest and enjoy your hard-earned reward. Place the sprouts in a bowl of water and gently swish them around. This will help remove any that haven’t sprouted. Store your sprouts in the refrigerator, and enjoy in salads, stir-fries, and sandwiches.
Growing bean sprouts is not only easy, but it’s also a great way to add a nutritious and delicious boost to any meal. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying your own homemade sprouts in no time!