How to Grow Bean Sprouts at Home

Bean sprouts are a nutritious addition to your diet and are relatively simple to grow. Here's how.

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sprouting Beans and Seeds in Jars

Many kinds of beans and seeds are available for sprouting, providing a range of interesting flavors and textures. All sprouting seeds will grow in jars or tiered sprouters, which allow several crops to be grown at once.

Cover Seeds With Cold Water

Clean the container before each use. Pour seeds into a sprouting jar with a mesh lid for easy draining. Fill with cold water and leave the seeds to soak for 8 to 12 hours.

Invert Sprouting Jar and Rinse

Once the seeds have soaked, invert the jar over a sink, then rinse the seeds with cold water and drain again, making sure they are not standing in water. Place the jar out of direct sunlight, where air circulation is good.

Rinse and Drain Sprouts Twice a Day to Clean

Rinse and drain the seeds with cold water twice a day to keep them clean and moist. Alfalfa seeds sprout after only two days and are ready to eat two to four days after that. Try a few as the shoots lengthen to find the favorite eating stage.

Store Sprouts in Refrigerator

When they are ready, give the sprouts a final rinse, drain, and leave for 8 hours to allow excess water to evaporate. The sprouts can then be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Discard crop if mold develops.

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