Healthy Bean Sprouts
When people grow beans, they might throw away any other parts of the plant but bean sprouts (the part that shoots from different types of bean) has been a popular food in its own right for many years.
Usually taken from the Mung bean, bean sprouts are a sweet and crunchy by-product of a vegetable which can be used in stir fries, chop suey, salads and other recipes usually of Asian origin.
How to Make your Own Bean Sprouts
Making your own bean sprouts (i.e. growing them at home) is easy, all you need is:
2-3 tablespoons dry Mung beans
1 quart glass jar
Water\Cheesecloth and rubber band
1. Soak the dry beans in water for about 10 hours or overnight.
2. Drain the beans. Cover the mouth of the jar with the cheesecloth and hold in place with a rubber band. Place the jar, almost upside down in a bowl. You want the beans to stay damp.
3. Place the jar and bowl in a warm dark place, or cover with a dark cloth to keep
the light out.
4. Rinse beans twice daily. Sprouts will be finished in 6-7 days, and should completely fill your jar.
You can add the sprouts to a salad for a little extra crunch or just make them and then try out some new recipes such a
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