Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Mung Bean Sprouts

I love Mung Bean Sprouts or Bean Sprouts.  The best part...No Sun, dirt or yard required.  Homegrown sprouts can be grown in a glass jar on a kitchen counter making them the perfect DIY project for apartment dwellers and those of you looking for delicious "greens" during winter.
Mung Bean Sprouts on Day 5!

Here's a recap of my week of sprouting. 

You’ll Need:
A sprout jar with a screen or a large bowl 
(a jar is MUCH easier)
Sprout seeds: Mung Bean, Alfalfa, Broccoli, etc.

I'm using Mung Beans so these instructions are specific to this variety.  I'll get into other sprouts later.

Mung Bean seeds have a shelf life of 3-5 years if kept in a cool, dark place such as a closet but not a hot garage.  Mung beans will usually produce twice the amount of sprouts as seeds.  Mung bean sprouts can last up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator if properly stored.  As with anything in the fridge, if it smells funky in a bad way, don't eat it!

Put 1/3 cup (or 1/4 cup) beans into your sprout jar. Add 2 cups of water.  Allow seeds to soak for 8-12 hours.  Empty the seeds into your Sprout Jar.  Drain off the soak water.  You may use the drained water to water plants.  Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water.  Drain thoroughly.

Once I emptied out the water I set the jar upside down in a bowl to drain completely.
If you want to grow short, sweet Mung Beans - with 1/8 - 1/2 inch roots:
Rinse and drain every 8-12 hours  for 2 - 3 days.
If you want to grow big, thick Mung Bean - with 1 - 3 inch roots:
Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours  for 4 - 6 days.

Just to be clear:
Soak for 8-10 hours. Rinse and drain.  Leave the jar in a cool place with no direct sunlight for the next 8-10 hours (dry).  Repeat.  It is VERY important that you rinse and drain thoroughly.

The great thing about my Sprout Jar is that it's self-contained.  I can soak, drain, rinse and let them sit all in one container.

Your sprouts are done 8-10 hours after the final rinse.   Be sure to drain your sprouts as thoroughly as possible after the final rinse.  Remove any left over hulls.  Transfer your sprouts to a plastic bag or sealed container and put them in the refrigerator.
These are the hulls.  Remove these and use in your compost or throw away.

If this is your first time sprouting, Please read "To Sprout or Not to Sprout
Don't forget, I'm giving away 2 FREE ounces or seeds with each purchase of Mary's Sprouting Kit and 1 FREE ounce with each sprout seed purchase.

Sprouting at Home saves money!  I used 1/3 cup of beans (seeds) and they produced almost 3 cups of sprouts.  If I were to buy that much sprouts at the store I would probably spend about $8.  Worse, who knows what type of cancer-causing, nasty chemicals would be used to grow those $8 sprouts?

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