Grow Bean Sprouts on Your Kitchen Counter
There is nothing cuter than baby sprouts growing in jars around your kitchen. I’ve been known to kill a houseplant or two but even for those of us that are challenged in the realm of gardening: sprouts can be your thing.
As a nutritionist I have to tell you the benefits of sprouted nuts, seeds, and legumes. Growing your own sprouts is literally like having a mini garden of living plants in your apartment. I tout the importance of farmers markets because the produce hasn’t been shipped from another country or been sitting in crates for several months. Generally produce from farmers markets are close to source equalling a more fresh and alive product. Imagine tossing a squirly sprout into your salad. These little sprouts are packed with living enzymes and are bursting with nutrients. The particular nutritional profile will differ depending on what grain, seed, or nut you are sprouting. When you think sprouts just remember it is a prospering, alive, nutritional powerhouse.
Growing your own sprouts does take time but it takes minimal effort to be successful. The soaking and sprouting times will differ – make sure to read the chart below to ensure you are within the correct time frame. Let’s get to it!
Soak + Drain
Both of these steps will occur at room temperature and do not need to be refrigerated. Add 2-3 tablespoons of whatever product you are sprouting into a glass jar. Cover with at least 2-3 cups of water and place a cheesecloth, sprouting screen, or lid over the jar. Let the beans soak for the allotted time shown in the chart.
Once your beans have been soaked for the proper amount of time then drain the soaking water out of the jar. Before you tip the jar make sure your lid or covering is tightly secure so your littles don’t wash down the drain.
Rinse + Wait
This is the timely part of the process but a step that can’t be skipped. The amount of time will vary for each sprout (again see chart) however it’s the same basic process every time. After you have soaked your beans and drained the soaking water take your jar of beans or seeds and set it upside down in a bowl. This will prevent excess moisture from sitting in the bottom of the jar and potentially growing a batch of mold. The second way you prevent mold growth is by rinsing out the sprouts 2-3 times a day. Then you wait and watch these babies grow. Make sure to keep the jar at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
When your sprouts have grown to the desired length store them in the fridge. They will only last for a few days so sprinkle them on everything: on salads, in stews, in wraps or tacos, or brave it in a green smoothie.
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