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Does anyone sprout their own seeds/beans for salads etc?

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IlanaK Sun 13-Sep-09 20:35:41

I have just started doing this and have some questions:

How long can you grow them for? I mean, mine started sprouting roots and I wondered whether that was ok to eat.

Once sprouted, should they be kept in the fridge?

Would I be best getting a three tiered sprouter or is this a waste of money?

Which taste the best?


SOLOisMeredithGrey Sun 13-Sep-09 23:18:28

I just(used to)put kitchen paper into a jar or onto a take away dish and sprinkle with mung beans or similar, then leave them to shoot, keeping them moist and eating when 2 or 3 inches long at least. They never made it to the fridge. Keep a second and third traying growing so that you have a rotation going.

meltedmarsbars Mon 14-Sep-09 10:04:16

I buy the beans in bulk from the Asian shop, puy a couple of handfuls to soak for an hour in a bowl of cold water, drain then cover with a plate and put in warm dark place, taking out to rinse several times a day (or as often as I remember, but at least twice!) It takes me 3 days or so to get a good shoot.

Once sprouted, rinse again and you can refridgerate them for a few days in an airtight container - but remember that bought ones are rinsed in bleach or something similar to make them keep - yours won't keep as long.

I usually do mung beans - small green beans.

We eat them with vinaigrette as a salad, or in stir fry.

Madhur Jaffrey has recipes using barely-sprouted beans. But raw unsprouted ones are not good for you! Must be sprouted or cooked!

TheOne Mon 14-Sep-09 11:59:28

Don't forget that mung bean shoots are said to be very good cancer cell fighters...always worth knowing that!

ASeaAndThreeStars Mon 14-Sep-09 13:40:37

I've got the three tier sprouter and at the moment it's got one tray with a mung bean mix that's been going for about 5 days and one with the same mix that went in this morning.

The five day old sprouts will go in a jar and be put in the fridge this afternoon for work lunches on Wednesday and Thursday. They should last a good few days in the fridge, I'm sure I can remember using some that had been in there more than a wee and they were still fine.

When winter gets going I'll be sprouting aduki beans for casseroles. I use them when they've got a tiny sprout - maybe half an inch.

I think the three tier is pretty good value for money as it's far easier to organise a constant supply.

ASeaAndThreeStars Mon 14-Sep-09 13:41:05

WeeK not wee. My 'K' only works with repeated hammering.

meltedmarsbars Mon 14-Sep-09 13:43:29

I'd get bored of them with a constant supply.

ASeaAndThreeStars Mon 14-Sep-09 13:49:14

I go through phases of wanting them in sandwiches or with most meals, then I get bored and put it away. But, I find that when I'm going through one of my 'sprouts with everything' phases the three tier is pretty useful.

What have you sprouted so far?

meltedmarsbars Mon 14-Sep-09 14:42:36

Mung Beans

ASeaAndThreeStars Mon 14-Sep-09 15:03:50

I base my bean mix on mung beans 'cos they're cheap and easy to grow, but I can see how they'd get boring quickly on their own.

If I fancy something spicy I'll bung some mustard seed in or if I want a stronger 'veggie' flavour I'll put broccoli seeds in. Lentils are good for flavour and bulk.

I've also sprouted chick peas and used them for hummous - I don't know if I'll do that a lot in the future as the flavour is so different (think fresh and a bit strange).

It might be worth buying a mixed packet from a health food shop and if you like it you can make up your own mixes.

I sound like I work for a sprouter manufacturer. It's amazing how much you learn when you're standing by the sink swishing seeds around.

CommonNortherner Mon 14-Sep-09 16:51:16

I couldn't eat sprouted chick pea hummus, too strange!

I have a 3 tier sprouter as it's neater than jars and I can sprout 3 separate things on it or have a running supply. I keep mine in the fridge once they've sprouted enough and they keep well.

ASeaAndThreeStars Mon 14-Sep-09 17:29:11

I'm trying to remember what on earth I was thinking. I'd probably eaten a Magnum and felt guilty.

IlanaK Mon 14-Sep-09 19:42:05

Thanks everyone for your replies. In the end I ordered a three tiered sprouter last night and some seeds. I was just using some jars.

I read up a lot last night on the internet (you'd be suprised how many sprouting sites there are!).

I learned that I should not eat too much of the sprouted beans as they are still raw.

But one thing I still don't know is about the roots. When I sprouted some beans last week they grew roots. Did I leave them too long? Can you eat them with the roots? (they were only tiny roots).

CommonNortherner Tue 15-Sep-09 11:04:22

Unfortunately, I don't know about the root thing.

I read about sprouted chickpea hummus on a raw food site raving about it. I should've realised that as I don't eat raw and in fact love my normal hummus I wouldn't like theirs, as I didn't!!

ASeaAndThreeStars Tue 15-Sep-09 17:09:50

I've always eaten the roots. I've never seen anything that warns against eating them. I just put them in the same category as tiny carrots.

Now we're talking about it I'm starting to feel like some raw hummus. I'm sure I'm going to regret this.

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