Bean sprouts are a staple ingredient in many cuisines around the world. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also packed with nutrients. Growing bean sprouts at home is easy and requires very little equipment. In this beginner’s guide, we will show you step-by-step how to plant bean sprouts.
What you’ll need
Before you get started, you’ll need to gather a few things:
- A glass jar with a lid or a plastic container
- A mesh screen or cheesecloth
- A rubber band
- Bean sprout seeds
Choosing the right seeds
When it comes to choosing bean sprout seeds, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure the seeds are fresh. Old or expired seeds won’t sprout. Second, choose seeds that are specifically labeled for sprouting. These seeds are free of chemicals and are less likely to be contaminated with bacteria.
Soaking the seeds
The first step in growing bean sprouts is to soak the seeds. Place the seeds in a jar and fill the jar with water. You want to use enough water to completely cover the seeds. Let the seeds soak for about 8 hours, or overnight.
Rinsing the seeds
After the seeds have soaked, drain the water from the jar. Rinse the seeds with clean water and drain again. You want to make sure all of the excess water is drained from the jar.
Planting the seeds
Now that the seeds are soaked and rinsed, it’s time to plant them. Place the seeds in a jar or plastic container, making sure they are spread out evenly. Cover the jar or container with a mesh screen or cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band.
Watering the sprouts
Once the seeds are in the jar, you’ll need to water them twice a day. Make sure the sprouts are thoroughly rinsed with water and then drained. You don’t want to leave any excess water in the jar, as it can lead to mold growth.
The right environment
Bean sprouts grow best in a warm, humid environment. Keep the jar or container in a warm spot out of direct sunlight. You can also cover the jar with a towel to help create a humid environment.
Harvesting the sprouts
After about 3-5 days, your bean sprouts should be ready to harvest. The sprouts should be about 2-3 inches long. To harvest the sprouts, simply remove the mesh screen or cheesecloth and rinse the sprouts thoroughly. Remove any hulls or empty seed casings that may be left behind.
Storing the sprouts
Once you have harvested your bean sprouts, you can store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Rinse the sprouts with water every day to keep them fresh.
Common questions about planting bean sprouts
- Can I use any type of seed to grow bean sprouts?
It’s best to use seeds that are specifically labeled for sprouting, as they are less likely to be contaminated with bacteria.
- Do I need any special equipment to grow bean sprouts?
You will need a glass jar or plastic container, a mesh screen or cheesecloth, and rubber band. These items are readily available at most stores.
- What is the best environment for growing bean sprouts?
Bean sprouts grow best in a warm, humid environment. Keep the jar or container in a warm spot out of direct sunlight.
- How long does it take to grow bean sprouts?
Bean sprouts should be ready to harvest in about 3-5 days after planting.