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How to Grow Bean Sprouts From the Kitchen Window

After writing the Sagacious Bean Sprouts article, I felt the need to reap the nutritious benefits of bean sprouts. The best bean sprouts I could find is from an Asian market, which is located about 40 minutes drive from my house, so it isn't always convenient to get them.

Growing bean sprouts wasn't on my list of to dos. I was researching for global health insurance, since my cousin travels internationally a lot, when growing bean sprouts kept popping up during the search.


Growing bean sprouts would fall under my garden category. I enjoy the propagation process and nursing plants back to its health. I find the bean sprout growing process interesting and that it definitely falls inline with my propagation and gardening interest. I couldn't believe how easy it is to grow and have your own bean sprouts, as well how healthy bean sprouts is for your diet.

Here are the steps to grow your own bean sprouts from a kitchen window.

1 container with a strainer lid, or create your own lid with air holes by using the saran wrap as I did here. 1/2 cup of beans, use sparingly as they expand quite rapidly. I used a jar that is 96 ounces for a 1/2 cup of beans. Until you know how big your container can hold, start small. I also chose to use mung beans but you can use lentil too. Put the beans in a jar - glass or plastic is okay, fill the beans with water and soak it over night.
Next day, rinse out the bean sprouts and do this every day. Set the beans jar by your kitchen window and watch them sprout.


You will see little sprouts within a few days.


Here is a close up of the sprouts once it has grown about an inch.


You can see the sprouts with leaflets here.


About every couple of days I would pour the bean sprouts out from the jar and rinse it thoroughly in a strainer.

It is a lot of fun watching the bean sprouts. You and or your kids will love the changes everyday. In the mean time, I am running off to help my cousin find an eczema treatment that will help with her dry chapped hands. Let me know how your bean sprout experiment turns out.

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22 comments :

  1. I've always wanted a tutorial on this, but have always been too lazy to look for it.
    Thanks for a much needed lesson.

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  2. Awe..you grow your own bean sprout? Look delicious for stir fry!

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  3. Thanks for your post. My sprouts have ended up slimy when I've tried to grow them. I'd rinse but obviously I didn't rinse as often or well as I should have. Now I know.

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  4. I tried this after a friend showed me how and loved it. Should do it again because it was so easy.


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  5. Love love love sprouts!!! Great pictures, btw! I'm now following you through Fun Follow Friday! I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @ http://sofiasideas.com/

    Sofia's Ideas

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  6. Cool! thanks for sharing this. I always love bean sprouts but they are always not available in store. I wanted to grow my own but I already forgot my 3rd grade science experiment on beans. hahaha

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  7. Great tutorial! I used to do this years ago, perhaps I should start again.

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  8. Really enjoyed your article.

    So great to learn how to grow such nutritious food in such an accessible way.

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  9. oh, I make my own bean sprouts sometimes too, not that the Asian market is far from us, it is actually just less than 10 miles where we live, however, sometimes, I prefer the ones we have back home where the sprout is not too long yet. belated happy thanksgiving, hope you had a wonderful one.

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  10. Ohhh - I SO want to do this! I love bean sprouts!

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  11. I have not eaten bean sprouts in ages. Now I have a taste for them!

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  12. I grew bean sprout several years ago and they were delicious but I had forgotten how to do it. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. Aaaah, bean sprouts! I used to do this years ago but got out of the habit - and I had bean sprouts in a stir fry last night, too!

    Maybe I should try again. Love the photos!

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  14. I've GOT to try this. I can only use mung or lentils? Seems I have so many dried beans, but not those two. Thanks!!

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  15. @Anne Lyken-GarnerIsn't it easy to have fresh bean sprouts anytime? I think it is pretty amazing.

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  16. @♥-Icy BC-♥Yes, it was one of those quick learn and quick action.

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  17. @MissyPerhaps you need to make sure the bean sprouts have enough light, also rinsing them out thoroughly just ensure they don't smell, and you will feel a lot better about them too.

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  18. @My name means WisdomI love growing them and having them fresh. The bean and the sprout grown from home are excellent for you.

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  19. @RuthiI am bringing back for you the third grade experiment today...

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  20. cool, might be a new addition to my windowsill garden (:

    http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-officially-spring-i-was-rudely.html

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  21. I enjoy growing my own bean sprouts and making my own almond milk ect.
    I feel better about feeding my husband and I things that I had part in creating.

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  22. What a great idea! Your gorgeous photos make it look very easy--I may have to try this!

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