The myth goes like this:
Most commercial Mung Beans are grown with chemicals and gasses in huge 500 gallon machines.After following his instructions for sprouting mung beans, I believed it too. My sprouts were puny.
You will likely never get your home grown sprouts to look like those [...]
Why Grow My Own Sprouts?
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I like them no matter what I put in them, but I like them best with bean sprouts as part of the filling. I even started growing mint, basil and cilantro in the garden, mostly for my spring rolls. I searched, and found, a Chinese grocer in town, who stocks all the other ingredients I can't get here.
The problem is neither of the supermarkets in this village sells bean sprouts. I have to drive to town -- an hour and a half away -- to get them, and I can't stock up because they keep very poorly.
What spurred me to dig for a way to make nice big sprouts was my last visit to the Chinese grocery store. They carry bean sprouts all right, but when I asked for them I was brought a big plastic bag full of them and given a small bag, and told to help myself. With my hands? I asked. Yes.
Wondering how many other folks had had their hands in there, I grabbed about half a pound. They ended up in the compost.
How To Grow Mung Bean Sprouts
- Warmth (or rather, lack of cold)
I'm trying to reproduce those conditions by using a stainless steel pasta pot with a perforated insert, and it's looking very promising!
First I washed the beans, then I soaked them overnight. Then I placed them on top of a piece of cotton cloth and covered them with another cloth. I covered the pot with the lid, and left it on the kitchen counter.
I water my sprouts twice a day, just like any other kind. I change the water in the bottom pot once a day.
Today is Day 4 and this is what my sprouts look like:
They are nice and fat and crunchy. According to another video I saw, it can take up to seven days to get the size I want, but for most purposes they are ready to eat now.
I started another, very small batch, in an insulated coffee goblet, following another video. They are looking just as good.
I'll keep you posted.