"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Vegetables
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-05-2006, 10:31 PM   #1
Senior Cook
 
~emz~'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 104
How do I grow bean sprouts inside?

I love bean sprouts! they are totally awesome in pratically any kind of sandwich. howerever, i'm a total homemade girl so instead of buying them i would like to try and grow them. but i need some help. so if anyone knows how to grow bean sprouts, or any kind of yummy sprout for that matter, i would love to hear how you do it! thanks!

__________________

__________________
Gone. Like yesterday is gone.
~emz~ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 04:29 AM   #2
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Posts: 167
I haven't grown bean sprout but I used to do alpha sprouts. I just rinced them well and put them in a pint jar with cheesecloth on top sealed and rinsed them daily. They gew like crasy.
__________________

__________________
DaCook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 08:10 AM   #3
Sous Chef
 
cliveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Posts: 655
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~emz~
I love bean sprouts! they are totally awesome in pratically any kind of sandwich. howerever, i'm a total homemade girl so instead of buying them i would like to try and grow them. but i need some help. so if anyone knows how to grow bean sprouts, or any kind of yummy sprout for that matter, i would love to hear how you do it! thanks!
In Madhur Jaffrey's book " Eastern Vegetarian Cookery" there's a very clear description of how to do it.
Now where did I put that book....???
__________________
cliveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 08:22 AM   #4
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Straits of Juan de Fuca
Posts: 893
I used to do them quite often. I had a nifty little plastic tube with different lids for the different stages of growing of the sprouts. I got seeds from the health food store. Be very careful to keep them in the fridge while sprouting. Botulism or one of those scary things can develop very easily in sprouts.
__________________
cjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 10:35 AM   #5
Head Chef
 
sparrowgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Highest point in Missouri
Posts: 1,794
I do mung bean sprouts all the time. Use a quart jar, and put 2 tablespoons of mung bean in seeds in. Fill the jar with water, and soak the seeds all night. Next morning, drain the seeds. Every day, rinse the seeds once or twice, til they are as big as you like them--don't let them get too big, or let the leaves unfold, because they will be tough and stringy.

Takes 3-5 days, depending on how warm your kitchen is.

Botulism is not the problem, it is salmonella. Cook your bean sprouts and you will be ok. (And I would avoid feeding them to immune suppressed folks or babies.)
__________________
I just haven't been the same
since that house fell on my sister.
sparrowgrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 10:45 AM   #6
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bordeaux
Posts: 179
Surely, there must be some way to sprout beans without having to cook them .

I've never done it, but I read above that you can do the whole operation in the fridge. Sounds good to me, I think I'll try it - that is, if I can find dry mung beans. There's an oriental supermarket near where I live.

Is there any particular *kind* of mung bean that's best?

Best regards,
Alex R.
__________________
AlexR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 11:09 AM   #7
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Hey emz, are you sure its bean sprouts you want? The ones you liked on holiday were alfalfa sprouts. My Mom used to grow them all the time, but it is really much easier to go and grab a box of them than to grow them. (At least according to her). They're on the left hand side of the produce wall, and I noticed they have a ton of flavoured ones too.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 01:18 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,806
I agree Alex - Mung Bean sprouts are rarely, if ever, eaten completely raw, but are a terrific component to all sorts of Asian stirfries. The sprouts you normally find in sandwiches & salads are the smaller types, like alfalfa, broccoli, radish, etc.

If you do a web search, you should come across scads & scads of methods for doing them at home, & many reputable seed companies not only sell food-quality seeds for sprouting, but also provide inexpensive equipment & free instructions on how to do it.

(By the way, it is mucho important to make sure any seeds you purchase for sprouting are meant for that. For instance, you shouldn't just buy packages of seed meant for planting & automatically assume they're safe for sprouting & eating.)
__________________
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 07:33 PM   #9
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Straits of Juan de Fuca
Posts: 893
"Botulism is not the problem, it is salmonella." Thank you - I knew it was one of those little buggers!! ;)
__________________

__________________
cjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.