Ditch the limp, soggy store-bought mung bean sprouts and opt to make your own fresh, crunchy, juicy ones! Here’s a simple, easy guide on how to sprout mung beans straight from your kitchen.
Step-By-Step Guide on How to Sprout Mung Beans From Your Kitchen
How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts
What You’ll Need:
- clean jar
- mung beans
- clean mesh cloth/net
- rubber band
Step 1: Clean the Jar
This is a very important step. You need to ensure the jar is clean and free of dirt, bacteria, or contaminants that might affect the sprouting of your mung beans. In worse cases, your mung beans might even rot if you use a dirty jar.
What you need to do is to clean the jar thoroughly with soap and running water. Then, pat it dry with a clean paper towel and leave to air dry for a few minutes.
Step 2: Wash the Mung Beans
While waiting for the jar to dry, wash the mung beans. Place them in a large bowl, position under the faucet, then wash with running water until the water turns clear.
Step 3: Submerge the Mung Beans in Water
Submerge the mung beans in the clean jar filled with water for about two hours until the skin starts to break. You should see the roots starting to peek.
Step 4: Drain and Cover With the Net
Cover the jar with mesh net and hold in position using a rubber band. Flip the jar upside down then wait for the water to drain completely. Set aside in a dark place like a cupboard or drawer.
Note: There are ways how to sprout mung beans without cloth, but they might not be the ideal environment for your bean sprouts to grow in.
Step 5: Wait for the Roots to Sprout
On the first day, the roots should start breaking through the skin. After another day, the mung beans should start looking more like sprouts than beans.
Then on the last day, the mung bean sprouts are ready for cooking. If you feel the sprouts are too short, you can wait another day for the roots to grow about an inch longer.
While waiting for the beans to sprout, run water through the mesh and drain to mix and reposition the beans back in their place. Do this twice every day. This is the best way how to clean bean sprouts.
Check out this video by Maangchi for a complete guide on how to sprout mung beans:
Mung bean sprouts are hard to come by. The best ones are hidden in secret, hole-in-the-wall Asian stores, so most Americans are stuck with the limp, soggy ones in grocery stores.
Now that you know how to sprout mung beans, however, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. Just fill a clean jar with water and mung beans, wait a few days, and you’ll soon have a fresh batch of crunchy mung bean sprouts ready for cooking.
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