Delicious and packed with nutrients, sprouting beans add crunchy texture to salads, and you can choose from many different varieties. From spicy onion to mild broccoli, you will find a taste to suit, or try a few and mix them together.
Prepare jars of sprouts on a daily basis. This easy project is ideal for children, who love to watch the plants develop.
Time to Complete: 5 minutes each day
Proprietary sprouting jars with meshed lids and tiered sprouters are widely available from garden centers. Make sure you clean them thoroughly before each use. Then pour seeds into your jar (or sprouter), fill it with water, and leave the seeds to soak for 8–10 hours.
After soaking, invert the jar over the sink and allow the water to drain out. Rinse the seeds again in fresh cold water and drain again. Make sure there is no water left in the bottom of the jar, and place it in a light area out of direct sun.
Rinse and drain the seeds with cold water twice a day to keep them clean and moist. Many seeds sprout and are ready to eat in four or five days. When they are ready, give the sprouts a final rinse, drain, and leave for eight hours to allow excess water to evaporate.
When the sprouts are dry, use them immediately, or store them in the refrigerator for up to five days. If any go moldy, discard them. You can also store the beans in a dark cabinet which will produce white sprouts that have a slightly different flavor to the green ones grown in light.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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