For Christmas, my sisters and I exchanged homemade gifts. I made them stenciled canvas bags and homemade elderberry syrup. My sister Laura gave us a beautiful pot with different types of thyme. And my other sister Carolyn gave us a DIY kit to grow bean sprouts.
If you’re here just because you want to know how to grow bean sprouts, scroll on down to the instructions portion. But if you’re here because you’re curious about bean sprouts, well pull up a chair, and let me convince you why you need to grow bean sprouts too.
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3 Reasons to Grow Bean Sprouts
1.) It’s stupid easy. I’ll teach you how below but I’m pretty sure my one-year-old could do it.
2.) They taste good! You can add them to salads, Asian dishes, or just as a quick healthy snack.
3.) Bean sprouts are so healthy for you. The complete list is almost endless but here are a few of my favorites reasons why.
- Full of protein
- High in Vitamin C (helps with anxiety)
- High in folate acid (good for eye health)
- Good source of fiber (keep things moving!)
- Contain manganese (good for bone health)
- Good source of vitamin K (improves heart health)
- Low in calories
- Taste great!
Try them raw, sprinkled with lemon juice, or sauteed in your favorite stirfry.
What You Will Need to Grow Bean Sprouts
- Large mason jar
- Sprouting lid
- OR buy an entire sprouting kit
- Beans. A few of my favorites include lentils, mung beans, or this antioxidant mix!
How To Grow Bean Sprouts in 3 to 5 Days
1.) Add about 2 TBS sprouting seeds or 1/4 cup beans to a jar and cover with water. Let them soak overnight.
2.) The next morning, pop on your sprouting lid, drain off the soaking water and add in fresh clean water. Swirl the jar around to rinse the seeds and drain off the water. Drain jar very very well and place in a darkish area of your counter away from direct sunlight. I let my jar sit upside down for a good few minutes.
3.) Continue to rinse your sprouts 2-3 times a day until they are about 1 inch long. This should take 3-5 days. Taste every day to see if you like them.
4.) You can also place your jar on the side to help the sprouts spread out and grow faster.
5.) If you are sprouting beans, you can stop here. They are done. Place them in another container lined with a paper towel and store in the fridge.
6.) If you are sprouting seeds, you can eat them now, or rinse them for one more day and then place them in direct sunlight on your counter. The sun activates the chlorophyll in the sprouts, turning them green and giving them extra nutrients. After the sprouts have greened (1-2 days) transfer them to a lidded container lined with a paper towel. Enjoy!
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