Friday, December 5, 2008
Growing Your Own Sprouts
My latest project is growing my own sprouts. It's actually quite easy, and I'm excited with how they've been coming out.
I started with just mung beans. Here's how to do it:
Put 1/3 cup of dry mung beans in a ceramic bowl or a mason jar with at least 1 1/3 cups purified water, covered (I used a clean dishtowel, most people use cheesecloth), and leave it overnight in a dark place. Drain the water & rinse the sprouts and re-cover them. Rinse them every 8-12 hours (I usually just did 12, sometimes 24 - oops!) until they grow to a length you like. It generally takes about 5 days for me to declare my sprouts "done".
Some people grow their sprouts in a colander to ensure that there isn't excessive moisture.
I now grow a combination of mung & adzuki beans; that's what you see here (I should stop taking pictures with my phone - it's a little blurry!):
I know you can also use lentils and various seeds. I stick with beans because of their fiber & protein content, though I may try buckwheat next.
There are lots of complicated explanations on growing sprouts on-line. My head spins when I read them. This simple method has worked for me.