How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts

Updated on April 26, 2019
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Mung bean sprouts are a popular ingredient mostly in the Asian region. It can be easily cultivated even at home. Follow the step-by-step procedure below to grow your very own mung bean sprouts at home.

What You Will Need

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mung beans
  • water

Utensils

  • measuring cups
  • bowl
  • container
  • strainer
  • black bag or garbage bag
  • 2 towels
  • baking sheet (optional)
  • plastic bags
  • weighing scale (optional)

Day 1

  1. Rinse 1/2 cup of mung beans at least thrice to remove all the impurities.
  2. Soak the mung bean in a bowl of water overnight or within 24 hours.
  3. Cover the bowl with a plate. Keep the bowl of beans in a dark area with room temperature.

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Day 2

  1. Transfer mung bean sprouts in a container or any storage with a strainer. In my case, I used my pasta strainer.
  2. Rinse it at least twice to discard the bean skins and other impurities.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Cover the container or strainer.
  5. Keep the container inside a garbage bag or black bag to avoid the penetration of light.

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Day 3

  1. Rinse mung beans sprout twice to four times daily to keep its moisture. The hotter the environment, the more often you need to water the mung bean sprouts.
  2. While rinsing the sprouts, make sure to remove unsprouted beans to lessen the possible decaying of beans.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Again, keep the container inside a garbage bag, and keep it in a dark area.

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Day 4

  1. At this point, you may opt to harvest your sprouted mung beans.
  2. Otherwise, repeat day 3 procedure if you want to grow it a little bit more.

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Day 5

  1. You will notice that your mung beans will start to grow its roots. If preferred, continue growing the mung beans sprout to achieve the desired length.
  2. Just follow the same procedure during day 3.

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Day 6

  1. You may continue growing the mung beans sprout for another day to achieve much longer sprouts.
  2. Just follow the same procedure during day 3.

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Day 7

  1. Time to harvest mung beans. This day you will notice that the mung bean sprouts already look like noodles. The longer you grow the sprouts, the thinner it will be.
  2. Just rinse it properly to remove any impurities including bean skins.

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How to Keep Mung Bean Sprouts

  1. After washing the sprouts, make sure to drain the water properly.
  2. Line a piece of towel in a baking sheet or any flat surface.
  3. Place a portion of mung bean sprouts.
  4. Cover the sprouts with another layer of towel.
  5. Press it gently. Allow the towels to absorb excess water from the mung bean sprouts.
  6. Repeat steps number 3 and 4 until all sprouts are dried.
  7. Pack the sprouts in a plastic bag. Use a weighing scale if you want to keep equal portions of sprouts. Approximately 1/2 cup mung beans can produce approximately 800 grams of mung bean sprouts.
  8. Store packed sprouts inside the refrigerator for a maximum of 7 days.

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How to Clean Mung Bean Sprouts

When needed, make sure to clean mung bean sprouts before cooking it. To clean them, just snap the roots and the remaining portion of the original beans attached in the stem. Wash it once. Then it's ready for cooking.

Note: I prefer snaping the roots of the sprouts before cooking rather than before keeping it inside the refrigerator to maintain it's freshness.

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Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        12 months ago from California

        Hello Liz,

        That is cool! There are actually diffetent ways of growing your own mung beans. I did mine because in a pasta strainer because i don't want yo stress myself finding another stuffs. Lol

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        Liz Westwood 

        12 months ago from UK

        My uncle taught me how to grow these in oir airing cupboard.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        12 months ago from California

        Hi Peggy,

        I totally agree with you. I find it hard to find freshly sprouted bean so I decided to grow my own already. Anyway, I already know how since I was a kid because sprouting mung bean has bean part of our science experiement. Such a cool thing to remember!

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        Peggy Woods 

        12 months ago from Houston, Texas

        I have grown bean sprouts using a large mason jar with a screw-on strainer lid at the top. Have not done it in some time but after reading this I think I will do it again. It is more economical to sprout them yourself rather than purchase them in grocery stores. I have sprouted several different types.

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