How to Grow Bean Sprouts

If you are looking for simple ways on how to grow bean sprouts, look no further. Bean sprouting is a popular technique among organic gardeners, because it is not dependent on soil, fertilizers and pesticides. Bean sprouting is simply growing seedlings from cuttings.

how to grow bean sprouts

It is important to remember that sprouting beans needs time and patience. Lentils, unlike other vegetables, don’t usually grow by sprouting themselves. Instead, you need to soak the lentils in water, let them drain and then rinse them off. Keep in mind that your sprouting beans will need to soak up at least 8 cups of water; more is preferable.

Equipment for Sprouting

To grow mung beans, purchase a large container, preferably with an iron top. Make sure that the container has enough room inside to allow for good air circulation and proper drainage. When purchasing beans for sprouting, always choose top quality seeds.

Another important piece of equipment when it comes to sprouting beans is a strainer, which can also hold the seeds in when draining. We generally suggest a cheesecloth if you’re strapped for supplies. Removable metal strainers are available in many retail stores as well as online.

Finally, after the seed begins to sprout, make sure to rinse the beans very well, using a strainer to strain the water. When the water dries out, check the sprouting beans for doneness: they should be firm yet soft. If the beans are still too firm, soak them for about five more minutes and then use a strainer to finish rinsing off the moisture.

Once the beans are the proper size, you can plant them into the garden using a fork. Start out small, and only plant enough to reproduce one crop at a time. Once you have established a good, well-rotted garden, you can start harvesting. Harvest the seedlings often enough that the sprouted mung beans can keep producing fresh greens for two years or more. This allows your garden to continue producing fresh mung beans for the rest of your life.

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Storing Sprouts

When you are finished with the harvest, make sure the sprouting mung bean sprouting seeds are completely dry before storing them. There is nothing worse than having finding moldy sprouts! They will taste fresher and crisper once they have been stored. Now you can enjoy fresh, crunchy morsels from each bean without having to wait for it to sprout.

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