I have a new project – sprouting! My new blogger friend Cindy inspired me. You can check out one of her sprouting posts here. What’s sprouting? It’s soaking, then rinsing beans and letting them… well, sprout. You can do it with any kind of bean (I think). Some common beans to sprout are mung beans, but you can also sprout alfalfa and barley. I think you can sprout quinoa too, which is going to be next for me.
I decided to do lentils and adzuki beans just because those are what I had on hand. Instructions…
- beans (I used 1/3 cup of each; they expand a lot so you don’t need much)
- a big plastic cup for each type of sprout
- old pantyhose (cheesecloth is ideal, but I didn’t have any) – cut into squares that will fit over the cups
- rubber bands
- Pour the dry beans into the cup (don’t mix them; have a separate cup for each type). Rinse the beans and then soak them in water for a few hours; up to overnight. Then drain them.
- Stretch the square of pantyhose over the top of the cup and attach it with the rubber band. Pour water through the pantyhose, swirl it around, and then drain it (keep the pantyhose on the cup).
- Turn the cups upside down and let them sit on plates. Rinse and swirl and drain the beans 2-3 times a day.
- After a few days you have homemade sprouts (that scant 1/3 cup of lentils filled up the whole plastic cup)!
So cool. I’m still waiting on the adzukis (I think I’m on day 4 now?). The lentils only took 1-2 days though. And I hear mung beans are very quick as well.
I added the lentils to a salad and they were delicious. I plan on doing a stir-fry with them too. There are so many ways to use sprouts, and they are so delicious when you make your own. Any recipe suggestions?
Do you sprout? Post about it and let me know; I’ll link back to you!
(P.P.S. The Whole Life Challenge Starts today! I’ll post an update later with all the participants and the results of my first official day on the challenge.)