How to grow bean sprouts on a paper towel

Growing bean sprouts in your kitchen provides you with accessible nutrient-rich vegetables for your diet. What's more, watching the growth process will likely fascinate the entire family. In approximately one week, you can begin sprouting the beans and bring them all the way to harvest. The resulting bean sprouts will be a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches and stir-fries.

Place ½-cup of dried beans into the glass jar and cover the beans with water. Allow the beans to soak for approximately eight hours and then drain.

Set the rack inside the shallow baking pan. Soak two squares of paper towel in water so they are saturated. Wring them out slightly and spread them onto the rack. Make sure there is a border around the entire rack where the paper towels are not covering the rack for adequate air circulation.

Spread the soaked beans over the saturated paper towel so they are evenly spaced. It is fine if the beans are touching each other.

Soak two more squares of paper towel in water to saturate them. Cover the beans with these paper towels.

Place the baking pan into the plastic bag and leave the plastic bag open at one end for air circulation around the beans.

Set the beans in a dark, enclosed location (such as a cupboard) and leave the cupboard door open slightly.

Provide water for the beans every morning and every evening. Pull the top layer of paper towels back and lightly sprinkle the beans to moisten them. Wet the paper towels again with fresh water and spread them over the tops of the beans. Place the beans back in their growing location.

Continue watering the beans for approximately three days until the bean sprouts are about 2 inches high.

Remove the bean sprouts from the paper towels and rinse them under cold water. Drain the bean sprouts and dry them carefully with paper towel. Place them in a plastic container and store the sealed container in the refrigerator for up to ten days.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried beans (lentils, mungs or white)
  • Glass jar (pint-sized)
  • Shallow baking pan with rack (square or rectangular)
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
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