Step by Step Guide to Sprouting Beans at Home
You may have noticed that there is quite a lot of good press around sprouting beans and seeds at the moment and supermarkets have started to stock sprouted seeds that you can buy on their own for salad toppers. There is research that shows that the germination process increases the amount of protein & fibre available in the bean and they are loaded with vitamins and personally I quite enjoy them.
To make them at home is really easy and super cheap compared to the supermarkets as you can buy big bags of pulses and beans for a couple of pound and you only need a few for each growth.
Due to my line of work I do need to say to be careful with your sprouts, eat them once they have sprouted and any left over should be kept in fridge for 1-2 days max. I would personally recommend cooking them in a stir fry to kill any bugs and avoid a dodgy belly but there are lots of people that eat them fresh and have no issues.
Start with a selection of beans & pulses:-
Add them to a sterilised jar (you can see how to sterilise jars here). I used an empty mayonnaise jar with some holes stabbed into the lid for draining. Place your bean mix into the base, I had amount 1 inch of mix. Cover in tepid water and leave to soak over night.
In the morning tip upside down and let all of the water drain out. Give them a little rinse and drain all excess water off again and leave to start their magic.
Within 12 hours you should start to see the shoots starting.
After another night give them another little rinse with tepid water and drain it all off again.
Repeat the rinse and drain for another 2 mornings.
Shoots are ready to eat after 72 hours from their first soak. Healthy, delicious and packed with nutrients.
Hope you enjoy and if you are looking for a recipe idea for your sprouts, have a look here for a stir fry recipe.