Tips For Growing Bean Sprouts
Choose from seeds, grains or pulses. Easy to grow are: alfalfa, adzuki, green peas, lentils, clover, fenugreek (taste spicy). Mung beans are quick and easy so we?ll use them as an example. Soak 1? tablespoons of Mung beans, e.g. in a covered jar, for twelve hours. Then drain them e.g. by tipping them out into a tea-strainer, or small sieve. Rinse them and put them back in the covered jar. Rinse 2 or 3 times daily. Ready to eat in 3-5 days depending on your climate. They grow quicker in summer or warm conditions. Other good sprouts to try growing are chickpeas and sunflower seeds. Broccoli seeds have received much press recently for possible help with cancer. Make sure you read our tips for growing bean sprouts before you try growing the latter ones as they are not quite so easy for beginners to grow as mung beans.
Buying or making a kit. What you need is an easy way to soak your seeds/grains/pulses and then be able to thoroughly rinse them twice a day and keep them covered and clean. Rinsing is extremely important to encourage healthy growing sprouts and to prevent mould.
An easy way to get started is to buy a sprouting kit and there are several styles to choose from. A very easy, practical type that we use is the kind that is a jar with a special lid with holes in it to let the water out, and the jar has a stand so that you can keep the jar tipped on it?s side to let any remaining water drain out to prevent the seeds from rotting.
There are other kits you can buy that are like seed trays that stack on top of each other and you drizzle water from the top. Then the water runs through the trays underneath and gets caught in a drip-tray at the bottom.
You can also make your own kit. You need a jar, a piece of muslin or cheesecloth and an elastic band. You put your seeds in the jar and soak them. You put the cheesecloth or muslin over the top or the jar and secure it with an elastic band. This keeps the seeds clean, and creates a humid environment to encourage their germination whilst still allowing them to be able to breath through the top.
Tips for Growing Bean Sprouts:
The most important thing is to thoroughly rinse and drain your sprouts regularly 2-3 times a day to prevent mould. If you follow our tips for growing bean sprouts it should not be a problem.
* Rinse your sprouts 2 to 3 times a day
* It's preferable to use filtered rather than tap water for soaking and rinsing. Sometime the seeds will not sprout if you soak them in tap water.
* Use good quality seeds or grains or pulses or you may find that many of them will not germinate.
* Thoroughly drain sprouts after watering so that they are not sitting or rotting in water.
* Don't put too many sprouts in your container or they don't grow so well and may stagnate; keep to the recommended amount. Don't crowd the seedlings too close together in their container.
* If you mix different types of sprouts together make sure that they all have approximately the same growing time so will be ready together.
* Ideal temperature for germinating your sprouts is 18-22C
* Always keep an eye on your sprouts that they are not mouldy (e.g. musty smell). Don't confuse this with the little fine fibrous roots that some sprouts grow.
* Towards end of sprouting time some sprouts like to be in the sunlight a little so they can "green up" a bit with chlorophyll e.g. alfalfa.
* If sprouts are not eaten immediately you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge, but NOT LONGER than 2-3 days.
These simple tips for growing bean sprouts can make the difference between failure and success. For instance, if you find that many of your sprouts are not germinating go back and re-read our tips again. Don't be put off; it's easy and fun and so worth it for the health benefits.