DIY Sprouting. AKA Cyd loves Mung beans.
(** IT’S A GUEST POST BY CYD YOU GUYS **)
I believe it’s possible to sprout any bean/pea. You can also sprout grains but I haven’t got around to trying it yet. My two favourite sprouts are Marrowfat peas and Mung beans.
Why I like Mung beans.
If you buy dried Mung beans and sprout them yourself it works out super cheap. You don’t have to buy any particular kind or special sprouting kits. I like to get big bags of them from the continental supermarket. Instead of spending £1.50 – 2.00 on a small pack of fresh ones you can buy 1kg of dried beans for about £3.00.
As soon as you sprout Mung beans they become a superfood. The sprouting process also makes available vitamin C that you can’t get from the dried bean.
They are made up of about 23% protein.
They are good for your heart and don’t make you fart. Seriously. They are cholesterol reducing and have less flatulence causing sugars than most other beans. Which makes them good for those with a delicate stomach.
They are well tasty and go well with everything. I find it really handy to fill a sandwich bag with beans when I have to go and see my family. They keep really well on the 10hr trip and save my life when I’m stranded in the countryside with nowhere to buy tofu.
Here’s how I sprout them.
Get a clean empty pop bottle and carefully cut it in half.
Put a couple of handfuls of beans in the bottom.
Cover with water.
Slide the top half of the bottle back over the bottom. Leave the lid off, the beans need air.
Soak overnight/until the beans have absorbed most of the water.
Rinse and drain the beans and put them in a windowsill.
Rinse and drain thoroughly everyday until they sprout. In summer you may need to do it a couple of times a day.
As soon as they sprout you can eat them. Keep rinsing and draining and they will continue sprouting. If you want them to stop, transfer them to a fridge and they will keep for a few weeks.
Eat them with everything.
For advanced sprouting tips and sprouting geekery there is some really good information on the site http://sproutpeople.org
I shall get back to you in a few days with my favourite recipe for when you’ve sprouted too many Mung beans and don’t what to do.