How To Grow Bean Sprout Microgreens At Home

Microgreen sprouts are an excellent source of protein, vitamins A, B & C, and many minerals. They are very easy to grow at home and it's really not necessary to purchase expensive sprouters to do it!
 
What You'll Need:
3-4 cup size Food Storage Bowl (Glad, Ziploc, or store-brand)
Cheesecloth
Rubber band
Mung Bean seeds (labeled for sprouting)

The hardest thing to find will probably be the actual Mung Bean sprouting seeds! Amazon does have a pretty good deal on a 10-ounce container of Organic Mung Bean Sprouting Seeds by Country Creek brand for $8.99 with free shipping. The Sprout House is another reputable vendor for sprouting seeds but they are currently out of stock on their most popular sprouting seed varieties. 
 
Directions for growing your sprouts:
1) Cut your cheesecloth to a size that will drape over the top of the container on all sides. You will need enough of an overlap of the cheesecloth to catch with the rubber-band in order to support the weight of the seeds when turning over for draining.
2) Thoroughly wash and rinse your storage bowl. Add 1/4 cup of your Mung Beans to the bottom of the bowl. Secure cheesecloth over the top of the bowl with your rubber band. Use enough layers of cheesecloth to trap the beans in while allowing water to drain out. Two thicknesses should be enough, but you may need more depending on the brand of cheesecloth.
3) Rinse the seeds with cold water, then drain. Now add more water to cover your seeds by approximately twice their volume. Soak your seeds for 12-24 hours.
4) Drain the seeds of water, rinse, then drain again. (From this point on, do not let your seeds sit in standing water, they will ferment and spoil if you do.)
5) Keep your seeds somewhere room temperature and low light. Growing your sprouts on the kitchen counter is usually the most convenient and makes it easier to remember them for your daily rinse and drain task.
6) Speaking of which.......continue to rinse and drain (thoroughly) daily until your sprouts are the desired length, typically this is 4-5 days. (As you can see from my pictures, I let mine go a little too long but they are still fine.)
7) When your sprouts reach your desired maturity just put the lid on the container and pop them into the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for approximately 2 weeks.
We typically use ours up right away so I pop them out of the container & cut off the excess roots in one fell swoop like below:
You can even freeze them, just blanch them over vigorous stream for 3 minutes, cool quickly by placing them in ice water, drain well. Pack them into a freezer back & seal tightly.

Enjoy your sprouts in soups, salads, stir-fries and more!

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