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Sprouting Beans

I totally thought that sprouting things was  way more trouble than it was worth, but it’s actually super easy and way gratifying! It’s like having a jar full of new babies every three days, except these are edible babies.

You need four things:

1. glass mason jar

2. stainless steel sprouting screen (which you can make at home or buy precut…if you make it just make sure you buy a screen that your beans can’t fall through)

3. dry beans to sprout (mung, lentil, adzuki) (I used a mixture)

4. water!

Step 1: Soaking

Put your beans in a jar, fill it with water, and then strain the beans (for a quick rinse). Then add new water so that the ratio of beans to water is 1:3 (for the math challenged, this means 1 cup of beans to 3 cups water; or, a half cup beans and one and a half cups water). Let the beans soak for 8-12 hours.

Step 2: Rinsing

After the 8-12 hour soak is complete, strain the water. Then fill with more water, swirl the beans in it (talk to them, give them some lovin), and strain. Repeat swirly-lovin-rinse one or two times. Repeat the 2-3 rinses every 8-12 hours for 3 days.

Step 3: Eat

But before you eat, tell your babies you love them.

The next post will be alfalfa sprouts!

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