This one is more of an activity, than a recipe.
Perhaps if you have kids home from school, this would be a perfect opportunity to show them about basic plant growth.
- 1 quart mason jar, with a ring (you will not need the flat lid)
- A more or less foot square piece of cheesecloth.
- 1/4 cup of adzuki beans
- Soak the beans in cool water for about half an hour.
- You should see some size increase, but not too dramatic.
- Drain in a strainer, and rinse gently under running water.
- Place the beans in the jar.
- Fold the cheesecloth into quarters and place over the opening of the jar. Use the ring to secure the cloth.
- Set the jar upside down in the sink for a bit, to let all the free water drain from the jar.
- Place inside a cabinet or pantry for darkness.
- All of the timing is dependent on temperature, so take care not to leave the growing jar in too cool an area.
- Remove the ring and the cloth, gently fill the jar with water, and let sit another half hour.
- Drain, replace ring and cloth, and allow to sit upside down in the sink for a bit to drain.
- Some tiny roots should be barely visible.
Days 3, 4, and 5:
- Rinse gently each day, removing the ring and cloth, and allowing draining in the sink, always returning the jar to it’s dark location.
- The roots will really be lengthening and starting to fill the jar.
- This is a bit variable, but usually I have ideal bean sprouts on day 6 or 7.
- Rinse well, turn out into a colander and allow to dry, and place in a plastic container, lined with paper towels to store.