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How DO you sprout mung beans and any azuki bean sprouting?

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From the Manhattan board, a search for organic sproutable mung bean got me curious. Is it difficult to sprout mung beans at home? How is it done, and how do you keep the bugs out?

Also, as I picked up some orgaic Azuki beans, I saw that they were labelled "sproutable". Yet, I've never eaten, or even seen azuki bean sprouts. Has anyone had some? Or is there a reason that they are not as widely availabe as mung bean and soy bean sprouts?

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  1. Sprouting mung beans is fairly easy - I recall my mum doing it when I was a child. She put the beans in a large measuring cup and covered the top with a piece of cheesecloth (she used a large elastic band to fasten it). She rinsed the beans a few times a day and drained them, and kept them in a dark place - under the sink or in a dark cabinet. They usually sprouted in about 3 days I think. Very fresh.

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    1. re: tartetatin

      I you use cheesecloth, you can just use the ring from the Mason jar lid to hold it all together a little more securely...

    2. I use a mason jar that is covered with some screen held on with a rubber band.It takes about 3 days and I rinse them about 2 or 3 times a day.

      1. You can find out pretty much anything you've ever wanted to know about sprouting from sproutpeople. They sell organic seeds for sprouting, including a lot of things you'd never imagine you could make sprouts from...like alliums.

        http://www.sproutpeople.com/

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        1. re: sarahbartos

          Thanks all for your input. I'm going to start some azuki bean sprouting!

          1. re: HLing

            Start with a small quantity of beans.
            Don't do this when you're going away for the weekend.
            Keep them in a very dark place and make sure it doesn't get hot.

            I've found it easier to sprout in spring and fall than in summer. Summer heat and light can make for nasty surprises.

        2. I've just started to do some mung sprouts (organic beans are easy to find in natural food shops here) after a very well-informed staff person suggested it. I don't find the sprouts one finds in most East/Southeast Asian shops fresh enough. A wide-mouth Mason jar with a cheesecloth is an excellent idea... Thanks!

          1. My mom would put mung beans on a shallow tray, cover them with a wet towel and let them sit on the counter for a couple days. If she wanted bean sprouts, she'd leave them a bit longer, but just keep the towel damp.