Growing Bean Sprouts at home is extremely satisfying as it takes only about 1 week for them to be ready for harvest. Bean Sprouts are extremely nutritious, and they add great taste and crunch.
The Bean Sprouts you familiar with in Asian cooking are grown by using Mung Beans.
The organic mung beans brand I use is Handy Pantry that I purchased through True Leaf Market and I so recommend them. I used to buy my mung beans from the local Asian grocery stores, but they are no comparison to the high-quality ones from Handy Pantry / True Leaf Market.
The germination rate is much higher. In addition, the sprouts do not foul up during the sprouting process which happened to me many times before with the “regular” mung beans.
Here are step by step instructions on how to grow two layers of bean sprouts in a kitchen strainer:
How To Grow Bean Sprouts?
- Rinse dried mung beans a few times until water runs clear.
- Soak ½ cup of dried mung beans overnight.
- To create a little gap between the plastic container and the strainer, you want to put a flat dishware under the basket. You can also use bottle caps – be creative. Doing so is important as it will allow some air and air movement and avoid any fouling or molding.
- Put the first layer of paper towels in the strainer; I usually use 2-3 paper towels per layer.
- Now add half of the soaked mung beans on the first paper towel layer.
- Add second layer of paper towels then add the other half of the soaked mungs beans.
- Now add the third layer of paper towels on top.
- Now water it thoroughly. Then drain the excess water that is on the bottom of the strainer. You never want to have water sitting on the bottom of the strainer.
- To promote strong root growth, I place a plate and some weight on top (in this case a can of sardines.. haha). This way,the root will grow into the paper towels and it will be easier to remove the roots at harvest.
- Cover the strainer with a dark cloth and keep it in a dark place.
- Water twice daily (AM and PM) – make sure to remove any excess water from the bottom.