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The other day I was rummaging through the depths of my pantry and came across a dusty package of mung beans shoved way in the back. I bought and used them a couple of years ago when I went through a 'make my own bean sprouts' phase. Frankly, I don't know why I stopped. The process isn't hard, and the sprouts are much better than what you can buy at the grocery store.
This morning I started another batch. I use the method described at How to Grow Sprouts:
- Rinse beans and soak overnight (I use a gallon-sized wide mouth glass jar).
- The next morning, cover the top with cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band.
- Drain the water off. The cheesecloth will keep the beans from falling out.
- Rinse the beans with fresh water, and drain that off, too. The beans should be just slightly damp.
- Set the jar in a warm place. (I lay it on its side on top of the refrigerator so the beans can spread out in a thin layer).
- Continue the rinsing process in the morning and again in the evening until the sprouts are 2"-3" long (which will take somewhere between three and five days, depending on the room temperature).
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