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So I'm trying to come up with some menus (that I will eat) and it occurred to me that I like stirfry. My husband will on occasion make one with bean sprouts, carrots, brocolli, chicken, peas and onion and I really like it. It would be super easy to make using organic ingredients too (and a great way to only use a bit of chicken since organic is so expensive) Now my question is bean sprouts...like the kind you get in the grocery store - can you sprout them at home? If so what kind of bean would I use? I've never sprouted anything but I can remember as a child my mother sprouting alfalfa because she liked them on her sandwhich (of white bread and processed meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> - I love my Mom but a heath nut she is not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )<br><br>
So to end this novel...can you sprout (at home) bean sprouts like the kind you buy at the grocery store?<br><br>
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I made mung bean sprouts and they were yummy. If I remember right you soak them then dump the water out. Then I put a lid over the top of them and let them sit. I would rinse them off twice a day and put the lid back on. In 3 days I had sprouts. Yummy! my ds even loved them
 

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I just did this last week. I have a special jar lid with holes in it, but you could use cheesecloth or just leave the jar open. first I soaked the mung beans in water for about 8 hours. Then I rinsed in the morning and at night for three or four days. If you sprout mung beans in the dark they get leggier. You have to remove the green seed covers if you want them to look like the ones from the store, but they taste better because fresher.<br><br>
instructions for sprouting are in the cookbook Laurel's Kitchen, among other places.
 

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Thanks! I think DD will get a kick out of sprouting too!<br><br>
So can I get these mung beans anywhere? I do have access to a health food store so maybe should I try there?
 

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How do I go about getting started with sprouting?<br><br>
I love alfalfa sprouts but they're so darn expensive in the store!! I've got plenty of glass jars- where do I find the alfalfa thingies (seeds? beans?) to sprout?
 
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